2024 Institute for Society and Genetics Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, June 15, 2024 || 5 PM Pacific || Drake Stadium

The 2024 Commencement Ceremony for the Institute for Society and Genetics took place on Saturday, June 15th, 2024 at Drake Stadium.  Here are some of photos from the event.  Congratulations Class of 2024!

2024 ISG Commencement Speaker
Jodi Spangler, MD is a practicing family medicine physician. Dr. Spangler completed medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine and graduated with honors from UCLA with an undergraduate degree in Human Biology & Society as part of the Institute for Society & Genetics. She recognizes that human health is deeply interconnected with the health of the environment.
She works on projects that: improve access to high quality healthcare, cultivate true wellness, and also ones that make people smile. Grounding her practice in evidence-based medicine, a curious spirit, fierce advocacy, and a deep love for life’s big questions, she encourages us to re-connect with ourselves, each other and nature.
She is a mother of two, skydiver, surfer, outdoor type, and old van tinkerer. With a past that includes paragliding in the Himalayas, surfing a bore tide wave in Alaska, and chasing zebras by bike in Kenya, she advocates for injecting the spirit of adventure into everyday life. She was part of a disaster relief team of medical first responders after the earthquakes in both Haiti and Nepal.
Her work has been featured in MTVAct, Daily Bruin, NBC, 3 billion Under 30, COVID-19 Heroes podcast and more. She has been a speaker/guest lecturer at the DO Lectures, UCLA, TEDx, USC, and the NW Wilderness Medicine Conference among others.

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