Career Communities is a team of career coaches who are embedded in student communities and connect with students in appointments and meetups to help them explore career paths, identify and apply for opportunities, and cultivate personalized networks that shape their professional journey.
Urmila serves PhD students and post-doctoral scholars across Stanford in their exploration of meaningful, diverse career paths in and beyond the academy.
Urmila designs programs, activities, and conversations that help people to surface their hidden skills and tacit values, in order to make conscious - and conscientious - choices. Prior to joining Stanford, Urmila was the assistant dean of communications and graduate programs at the New School for Social Research, curriculum developer for an integrative learning e-portfolio program at the University of Michigan, and an academic labor organizer with the American Federation of Teachers. Urmila studied architecture at UC Berkeley, and received her MFA in photography and design from the University of Michigan. In her creative life, Urmila's current projects include investigating ways to increase access and equity in higher education, documenting people's extraordinary relationships with everything from mundane objects to their philosophies of work, and perfecting her ideal karaoke songlist.