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Who We Are

At the Gardner Center, we focus on questions our community partners raise about issues that matter to youth. Our interdisciplinary research team represents expertise in design and methods, schools and school districts, youth development, community engagement, and education policy. We foster a collaborative approach to research in which we work alongside our community partners. Practitioners and policymakers can then use findings from this research to effect change.

Milbrey McLaughlin, the David Jacks Professor of Education and Public Policy, founded the Gardner Center at Stanford in 2000. It is the only organization to which John W. Gardner lent his name.

Gardner Center in the News

The impact of the partnerships between local police forces and ICE is having far reaching effects in communities across the country including a decrease in Hispanic student enrollment, according to a recent study. Thomas Dee, a professor at Stanford University and author of the study, spoke to UNews.

Watch the video here.