What is DASH?

A nod to the hyphen, DASH is the connection between student and athlete, signifying the development that takes place between these intersectional identities.

The Stanford Athletics DASH team includes professional advisors specializing in Academic Advising and Student-Athlete Development.

Meet Our Team

How We Help

DASH: Academic Advising

Academic Advisors (or Undergraduate Advising Directors - UADs) are the initial contact for student-athletes’ short and long-term academic counseling. UADs for Student-Athletes specialize in: 

  • Helping student-athletes choose classes and understand the workload of different enrollment options
  • Aid student-athletes in scheduling classes around practice and game schedules
  • Provide assistance should conflicts arise with exams and competition
  • Advise course selection in the context of NCAA progress-toward-degree regulations
  • Help student-athletes choose majors that are consistent with their interests and goals and help ensure that they fulfill requirements and are on course to graduate in four years
  • Offer guidance about graduate and professional school opportunities

DASH: Student-Athlete Development

Student-Athlete Development is a team of professional advisors in DASH who provide support in finding yourself and your community both in and out of sport. Student-Athlete Development advisors specialize in holistic advising that includes: 

  • Assist student-athletes in finding connection and building community 
  • Aid in intersectional identity development as a “student” and “athlete” and beyond
  • Career exploration based on interest areas, talent, and connections
  • Peer leadership opportunities through student-athlete engagement groups 
  • Personal and professional development opportunities with on and off-campus partners
  • Signature program offerings for all student-athletes throughout their Stanford experience

Our Location

Located on the second floor of Arrillaga Hall, the Athletic Academic Resource Center (AARC) serves as a community hub for Stanford student-athletes to study, create, and belong. In addition to a computer lab and free printing, the AARC features ample space for quiet study and social connection, as well as a satellite fueling station to supplement your nutrition needs. DASH advisor offices are located in the AARC, and a diverse array of staff and student-led programs are often hosted in the space. 

Location: Arrillaga Hall, second floor

338 Arguello Way

Stanford, CA 94305

Hours: 7:00a.m. - 11:00p.m. (accessible via ID card) 



The Block S Society is an online community in the Stanford Alumni Mentoring platform that connects current varsity student-athletes with Stanford student-athlete alumni. 


Created by and for the Stanford student-athlete community, Student-Athlete Engagement Groups offer a tangible way for students to enhance their out-of-play peer leadership acumen in support of their personal and professional development.

Faculty Athletics Fellows are a group of faculty committed to strengthening and harmonizing the ties between athletics and academics for Stanford’s student-athletes. Each team will have one or several Faculty Athletics Fellows, who will build rapport with student-athletes and coaches and serve as liaisons and mentors regarding academic resources and opportunities, the challenges student-athletes face both inside and outside the classroom, and career aspirations.

Graduating student-athletes come together for one last time to eat, take photos, and get ready for Wacky Walk on their way to Stanford Stadium for Commencement. 

Launched in 2021, the Mid-Year Enrollee Program provides student-athletes enrolling outside of Autumn Quarter with individualized advising and onboarding support as they acclimate to Stanford University.

This annual event welcomes the class of new student-athletes families for an introduction to Stanford Athletics.

Stanford student-athletes have an opportunity to apply for this exclusive summer internship program at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. Applications open in October.

Co-sponsored by Academic Advising and Stanford Athletics, Partners for Academic Excellence (PAE) is a course intended for first year student-athletes. This ongoing orientation offered in Autumn quarter is designed to augment the traditional first-year advising program through community-focused advising groups to ultimately improve the quality of the first-year student-athlete experience.

In collaboration with Sport Psychology, RHED Mentors receive specialized training to provide interested student-athletes with structured coaching conversations on mental health and wellness topics relevant to the Stanford student-athlete experience.

DASH and Career Education partner on this annual event to bring companies and organizations to campus that are looking to hire student-athletes for full-time, part time, and internship opportunities. All student-athletes -- regardless of academic year --are strongly encouraged to participate. 

Hosted at the home of The Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics, Bernard Muir, Senior Send Off celebrates the graduating class of student-athletes and their families.

DASH partners with the SHARE Title IX Office to provide yearly sexual violence prevention education for all student-athletes.

The AARC offers group and drop-in tutoring for student-athletes at any stage of learning (from brainstorming to concept mastery) who need help to pass a class or simply want to maximize performance and learning.

AARC Drop-In Tutoring 

AARC Group Session Tutoring

Created by and for the Stanford student-athlete community, Student-Athlete Engagement Groups offer a tangible way for students to enhance their out-of-play peer leadership acumen in support of their personal and professional development.


Identity Based

  • Cardinal BLCK: Fosters community among Black student-athletes at Stanford


  • Cardinal Pride: Fosters community among LGBTQIA+ and allied Stanford student-athletes


  • Community of International Student-Athletes (CISA): Fosters community among international student-athletes



Interest Based

  • Athletes in Medicine at Stanford (AIMS): Supports student-athletes interested in pursuing the field of medicine


  • Cardinal Community: Supports student-athletes interested in participating in community service opportunities.


  • RHED Mentors: Fosters relationships among student-athletes and creates a pipeline for student-athletes interested in mental health and wellness to participate in a structured, personal, and meaningful program initiative on campus


  • Social Events for Athletes (SEA): Fosters community among those interested in celebrating the experience of being a Stanford student-athlete through social activities


  • Student-Athletes for Sustainability (SAS): Supports student-athletes interested in promoting sustainability practices throughout the Stanford Athletics experience



Student-Athlete Voice

  • Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC): Supports student-athletes interested in promoting sustainability practices throughout the Stanford Athletics experience.


  • Cardinal House (C-House): C-House is a group of coach-appointed representatives from each of the 36 varsity sport programs. Council members share their team experiences and opinions on topics of discussion during quarterly meetings, and serve as communication liaisons to their team.