Spouses / Partners / Families Newsletter



JANUARY 20, 2015
Hi everyone,

Hello everyone,

Hope you have enjoyed a wonderful long weekend!

New I-Center classes this week
This week sees the start of new I-Center classes. We have our new series of workshops called 'Changing the World' starting on Tuesday mornings. On Tuesday evenings, you will have an opportunity to learn 'Free Style Bollywood Dancing'. We also have our first 'Woman's Night out' 2015 to look forward too this Tuesday evening. On Friday afternoons, you will also have the opportunity to learn about Chinese language and culture. Finally, we have our brand new weekend 'Art & Craft' classes starting on Saturday afternoons. You can read more about these classes in the 'Upcoming I-Center Events' section below.

New On- and Off-Campus opportunities
Stanford's WorkLife Office have got several upcoming events this quarter. Read more about a talk on 'Kindergarden Readiness' and 'Mind, Body, Spirit Moms', a holistic wellness program for moms on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please note that some of these classes are FREE or subsidized for Stanford students, postdocs and their partners! Read more about these classes, as well as several current job opportunities in the area, in the 'Opportunities & Events in the Area' section below.

Work Panel, Feb 2nd, 4.30-7.30pm
If you are looking for work and career opportunities in the Bay Area, join us for this quarter's Work Panel Discussion. We will start off with an open panel discussion where spouses representing different fields and backgrounds will share how they successfully found work in the area. After the Work Panel, there will be an opportunity to talk to more spouses through an informal Coffee & Networking hour. Do not miss this opportunity to network, share experiences and meet others in a similar situation!

Friday Morning Coffee: Evening Drinks! Jan 30th, 5.30-8.30pm
Make sure to clear your calendars on Jan 30th for an evening version of Friday Morning Coffee: Friday Evening Drinks! This is an opportunity for you to invite your researching spouses and families along to the I-Center for an evening of socializing. Start thinking about what dish you will bring for the potluck to share with the drinks provided by the I-Center. [We will of course still meet for Friday Morning Coffee on this day].

Hope to see you all soon at the I-Center!

Magdalena Bull
Coordinator of Classes & Programs for Stanford Spouses, Partners & Families
Stanford University
Bechtel International Center
584 Capistrano Way
Stanford, CA, 94305




Mondays (intermediate) & Thursdays (beginners)
Mon 2.30-4.00pm & Thu 2.30-4.00pm
Back Lounge
With Mako

Please note that the Japanese classes have been postponed. They will now start again on Jan 26 and 29.

Tuesday, Jan 20th
Conference Room
With Ana

Come and learn how social good is a part of many new business models. Explore how innovative thinking and new technologies can address important global challenges. We will discuss social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, the power of change of an individual, the broad meaning of philanthropy, etc, from our international point of view. Tools and resources to support us to create, measure and evaluate sustainable social impact in different areas will be presented. Let’s be the change we want to see! Free. Email Ana with questions delavarga.a@gmail.com

Tuesday, Jan 13th
3.30pm - 5.00pm
Conference Room
With Jessica

Come join Jessica, a graduate intern from Stanford’s Career Development Center, for 10 career development workshops. Topics will include job search strategies in the U.S., interview preparation, resume review, networking, and so much more! Participants who take part in at least 6 out of the 10 sessions will be eligible for unlimited 1-on-1 career counseling appointments at the Career Development Center. Maximum number of participants is 15. These will be allocated on a first-come-first serve basis. Please email Jessica for questions and to secure a space jmli3512@stanford.edu (PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A CORRECTED EMAIL ADDRESS!)

Tuesday, Jan 20th
5.00pm - 6.00pm
Assembly Room
With Amrita

Learn basics of some Indian different dance styles through Bollywood dancing. The style of dancing in earlier Bollywood films was based on Indian Classical Dance or Folk Dances from various parts of India. These dances included the classical art forms of Kathak and Bharat Natyam. It is not unusual to see Western pop and pure classical dance numbers side by side in a Bollywood film. Over the years, Bollywood movies have developed their own signature style of song and dance, which combines the rich texture of Inida’s many classical and folk dances, fused with elements of Jazz, Hip-Hop, Arabic and Latin forms. For performing Indian Dance, there are some dress codes (traditional Indian wear) to follow, but for learning you can wear anything you feel comfortable while exercising :) Just bring yourself and a water bottle. Send me an email prior to Jan 10th to register for the dance class amritakahaly.ghosh@gmail.com

Tuesday, Jan 20th
Coupa Cafe, Palo Alto
From 8.00pm onwards
With Sally

The Woman´s Night Out is an informal get-together for women & a wonderful way to exchange experiences with other international spouses at Stanford. For more information, especially about the changing locations, and to join the Woman´s Night Out email list please contact Sally at wnostanford@gmail.com

Assembly Room
With Lindsay

Please note that the Works has been postponed until further notice. Keep checking the newsletter for more info!

Thursday, Jan 22nd
11:00am - 2:00pm (note the class start time has changed slightly!)
I-Center kitchen
With Patricia
Fee: No more than $20 / class

Would you like to learn more about French cuisine and French language? In this class, there will be time for cooking traditional French recipes, studying a little grammar and culture, playing a little role play to practice your French, and some time for eating! Requires basic French. To attend, sign up and pay, please contact Patricia patricia.boutigny@gmail.com

Friday, Jan 23
11:00 - 11:30am
With Nancy

Come with your baby or toddler and join our singing circle every Friday at 11.00am as part of Friday Morning Coffee in the Back Lounge. We sing songs together and perform finger plays and movement for kids of all ages. You are all welcome to join us and bring your own favorite songs to our circle! Free.

Friday, Jan 23rd
2.00 - 3.00pm
Back Lounge
With Chingwen

The class is designed for the beginners to learn basic Chinese and Chinese culture. Students will learn the pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and conversation. The topics of the class will be discussed in the class, such as travelling, food, traditional culture or modern culture. There can be some homework for students who want to practice writing Chinese characters. Free.Email Ching-Wen with any questions happyshycolor@gmail.com


Spouse & Scholar social and potluck
January 30th, 2015
Assembly Room & Patio

It is our pleasure to invite you to an evening version of Friday Morning Coffee: Evening Drinks! Start thinking about what dish you will bring for the potluck to share with the drinks provided by the I-Center! Bring along your partners and families to the I-Center for an evening of socializing. Hope to see you there! [We will of course still meet for Friday Morning Coffee on this day as usual]


February 2nd, 2015
Conference Room & Living Room

Are you looking for work in the Bay Area? Do not miss this quarter’s work panel at the I-Center! We will hear from four new spouses about how they have navigated the job market, and finding work relevant to their backgrounds and interests. We will also have an informal networking hour after the panel where you will have an opportunity to meet others from various background who have found work. Come along with your questions for an evening of interesting discussions!

Feel free to come along to all, or just specific parts of the event:
4.30pm - Introduction to work permits by I-Center staff
5.00pm - Work Panel Discussion with spouse panelists who have successfully found work in the area
6.30pm - Informal Networking, an opportunity to meet and talk to others in a similar situation


Please note that if you are on an F-2 visa, you cannot work, either on or off campus. There are no exceptions to this federal regulation. If you are on a J-2 visa you can apply to the USCIS for work permission which allows you to work in almost any employment you can find. However, this employment must be for your benefit and cannot be used to support your J-1 spouse. Those with J-2 visas can find out how to apply for employment authorization by visiting our website.

Wednesdays, January 20–March 17, 7:00 p.m.

HIP and the Stanford WorkLife Office have come together to sponsor a 5-session holistic wellness program of "Mind Body Spirit Moms" convenient for the working mom. The program is designed to promote the health and well-being of moms with kids of any age. Moms come together to nurture their minds, hearts, and bodies in a supportive community through the practice of mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga, authentic sharing and community building exercises. Find out more here!

Wednesdays, January 21–March 11, 9:30 a.m.

This eight-week program is designed to promote the health and well-being of moms with kids of any age. Moms come together to nurture their minds, hearts, and bodies in a supportive community through the practice of mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga, authentic sharing and community building exercises. Each week, different themes are explored, such as self-compassion, work-life balance, setting limits and boundaries, positive discipline, managing strong emotions, self-care and more. Find our more here!


WorkLife Brown Bag: Kindergarten Readiness

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

What is kindergarten readiness? No single factor determines whether a child is ready to start school. Please join Dr. Natalie Seer, Director of Rainbow School, to discuss how to tell if your child is mature enough physically, socially, and cognitively. Location: Rainbow School, Escondido Village Common Room, 140 Comstock Circle. Registration: Please register online.


JOB OPPORTUNITY: Barista at Cafe Venetia

Cafe Venetia, University Avenue in Palo Alto, are looking for new employees who are passionate about coffee and interested in learning to become a Barista. Are you interested? Check out the job posting here!


JOB OPPORTUNITY: Blue River Technology is looking for part-term software developer

Blue River is a robotics start-up in Sunnyvale, California, developing computer vision and machine learning platforms to automate complex tasks in agricultural systems. We already operate commercially in lettuce thinning (see http://www.bluerivert.com/), and are developing a new computer-vision-based platform for capturing complex plant traits from corn fields in the Midwest and elsewhere. Blue River operates at cutting edge of agricultural automation

The new platform, Zea, will be launched commercially this year. We are seeking someone able to provide general assistance to our software development team across a range of tasks. Qualified applicants will have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or currently be studying Computer Science, and be able to start immediately.

If interested, please submit a one-page resume to Matthew Thompson (matt.t@bluerivert.com)


JOB OPPORTUNITY: French teachers and French assistants

Education Française Bay Area are looking for French teachers and French assistants (Walnut Creek, Palo Alto, San Francisco). If you are interested in finding out more, please follow this link.



We are looking for a piano teacher for our son, who is eight years old. He has not had previous lessons but is very eager and enthusiastic to learn! We have a piano at home and we would love it if the lessons could take place there.
We are thinking of around 45min per week. Thank you! If you are interested, please contact Yoanna at yoanna@stanford.edu


CCIS FILM SERIES - My week with Marilyn
Friday, Jan 23
6pm dinner
6.30pm film
Assembly Room
With Bob Spears

About the film series
This film series is designed to help first year foreign students understand us Americans. For many it is difficult, confusing & frustrating. Who are we? How do we relate to other people?  How do we convey respect or not? We send mixed messages. You are traveling through a minefield. So is everyone else in their first experience in America.  My hope is that through this film series, you can laugh at us & with us in our inconsistencies & poorly conveyed social signals. I want you to be able to understand us as I want to be able to understand you as a person and as a people that you represent. I also chose these films because I find them enormously entertaining.

Upcoming films:

  • Jan 23 - My week with Marilyn
  • Feb 6 - Berkeley in the Sixties
  • Feb 13 - The Big Chill

Magdalena Bull
Coordinator for Classes & Programs for Stanford Spouses, Partners & Families
Stanford University
Bechtel International Center

584 Capistrano Way
Stanford, CA, 94305



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