We believe that a gradiant life is one that honors significant transitions and equips students with the essential skills and practices to live more fully.

As the founders of gradiant, we wanted to create a welcome reprieve for transitioning high school seniors to come and know that they are appreciated and cared about just as they are - in their times of celebration, accomplishment, and joy; and just as importantly, in their inevitable hardships, fears, anxieties, overwhelms, and heartbreaks.

Our team at gradiant values supporting students in who they have been, who they are, and who they want to become.

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GRADIANT CO-FOUNDERS + EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS: 

Drew Krafcik, Ph.D. + Amy Larimer, M.A. are resident fellows and educators living and working at Stanford University. They have nearly 40 years of combined experience with high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as program directors, teachers, advisors, counselors, and mentors. As resident fellows, they are responsible for welcoming, supporting, and mentoring a new community of 85+ incoming Stanford students during their transition to college and throughout their first year.

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DREW KRAFCIK

Drew has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and master’s degrees in counseling and psychology. He has led over 300 retreats and workshops for more than 12,000 high school students and college first year students...

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AMY LARIMER

Amy is the 2018 recipient of Stanford University ‘s most prestigious honor for outstanding service to undergraduate education, the Lloyd. W. Dinkelspiel Award...

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WHAT STUDENTS SAY:

I wanted to thank you for all the love, care, and compassion you provided this year. I am so grateful for your generosity and kindness, you made college feel like a second home for me. I came to college thinking and feeling like I wouldn’t belong at a school with so much talent. I came thinking I’d be homesick immediately, but your love and warmth never left me the chance to feel that way. And even throughout the year, with the stresses of grades, and Greek life, you were always saying how we are loved and valued for being ourselves...Thank you so much for your support and love. I truly could not have survived this year without it.” - A.R.

 
 
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GRADIANT CO-DIRECTORS OF PARENT DEVELOPMENT: 

Our Parent Development Group is co-led by exceptional and experienced family therapists, Alexis Miller, LMFT and Jamie Anderson, LMFT/LPCC. At gradiant we believe parents deserve their own place to speak genuinely about their experiences of transition; ask questions that matter to them; learn helpful skills to meaningfully connect with their teens; and receive support and understanding from other families going through similar life changes.

ALEXIS MILLER

Alexis is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked exclusively with adolescents, young adults, and families for the past 16 years. Issues like life transitions...

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JAMIE ANDERSON

Jamie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in working with adolescents, couples and families to minimize conflict, support personal growth...

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GRADIANT MENTORS:

There is no substitute for developing a genuine relationship with someone who has been there, who has successfully (and imperfectly) lived the experience of a college student.

Our gradiant mentors are upper-level college students and recent graduates who are warm, welcoming, non-judgmental, energetic, inspiring people who want to give back to students in authentic and meaningful ways.

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MEGHANA RAO

I am so excited to be a mentor at gradiant! I distinctly remember the immense amounts of pressure, stress, and uncertainty I felt during my junior and senior year of high school...

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ALEX LEE

Hi, I’m Alex! I’m NYC-born and raised but I have found a second home here in the Bay Area. At Stanford, I studied Product Design for my undergraduate degree (’18)...

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