Leadership 'n Lunch: Jeff Chang

May 21st at noon.

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Jeff Chang is the Executive Director of Stanford's Institute for Diversity in the Arts, continuing his long career specializing in culture, politics, the arts, and music.

Thursday, May 21st, 12pm

Cardinal Room (Rm 101), Clubhouse, Old Union Complex

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Full Bio:

Jeff Chang is the Executive Director of Stanford's Institute for Diversity in the Arts, continuing his long career specializing in culture, politics, the arts, and music. His first book, Can't Stop Won't Stop, garnered many honors, including the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award. He edited the book, Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop. His new book, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, will be released on St. Martin's Press in October 2014. He is currently at work on two other book projects: Youth(Picador Big Ideas/Small Books series), and a biography of Bruce Lee (Little, Brown). Jeff has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and a winner of the North Star News Prize. He was named by The Utne Reader as one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World". With H. Samy Alim, he was the 2014 winner of the St. Clair Drake Teaching Award at Stanford University. Jeff co-founded CultureStr/ke and ColorLines. He was a Senior Editor/Director at Russell Simmons' 360hiphop.com. He has written for the The Nation, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, Foreign Policy, and Mother Jones, among many others.


Jeff received a bachelor’s degree from U.C Berkley and a master’s degree in Asian American Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1993, he co-founded and ran the influential hip-hop indie label, SoleSides, now Quannum Projects, helping launch the careers of DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker. He has helped produce over a dozen records, including the “godfathers of gangsta rap”, the Watts Prophets. Jeff has lectured at dozens of colleges, universities, festivals, and institutions in the U.S. and around the world. He was an organizer of the inaugural National Hip-Hop Political Convention and has served as a board member for several organizations working for change through youth and community organizing, media justice, culture, the arts, and hip-hop activism. Born of Chinese and Native Hawaiian ancestry, Jeff was raised in Hawai’i where he attended ‘Iolani School. He lives in California. He is a big fan of Japanese curry and poi - but not at the same time.

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What is Leadership n' Lunch?


  • Weekly lunch series held throughout spring based on The Leadership INITIATIVE

  • Lunch provided; 12-1 pm

  • 15 minute informative lecture and 40 minute Q & A

  • Location varies

  • Lunch series speaker, dates, and locations depend on room availability

  • Each session is limited to 25 students per session

  • CardinalSync sign-ups will open and be posted on this page the Monday of the week before the scheduled topic


Lecture Themes: INITIATIVE

  • Improvisation: How do I learn to learn to lead without a script?
  • Navigating Ethics: What is ethical leadership?
  • Inspiration: What makes a leader inspiring?
  • Teaching and Mentoring: How do I teach and mentor others?
  • Identity: How do my social identities affect my leadership?
  • Allyship: What does it mean to be an ally for others as a leader?
  • Truth seeking: How do I validate the information I learn?
  • Innovation: How do I lead in an ever-changing world?
  • Values: How do my personal values affect leadership?
  • Entrepreneurship: When and how should I take risks in my leadership?


Each of the themes ties into one of the four “Aims of Stanford University” in the SUES report:

  • Adaptive Learning (Improvisation, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship)
  • Personal and Social Responsibility (Identity, Allyship, and Values)
  • Owning Knowledge (Navigating Ethics and Truth Seeking)
  • Honing Skills and Capacities (Inspiration and Teaching & Mentoring)


Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Adopt specific skills and knowledge and apply them to current leadership practices
  • Discover different perspectives on leadership from guest speakers
  • Connect with other student leaders
  • Begin to understand how to develop a leadership template for the remainder of their college careers

Spring 2015 Speakers

  • President Hennessy
  • David Shaw
  • Aleta Hayes
  • John Powers
  • Patti Gumport
  • Jeff Chang
  • Harry Elam
  • Michael McFaul
  • Steve Loughlin
  • Sheri Sheppard