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Our Mission

Davis Parent University (DPU) is a grassroots committee composed of volunteer representatives from the K-12 schools in the Davis Joint Unified School District and St. James.  DPU's mission is to provide high-caliber lectures and programming to our community's parents, caregivers, teachers, and administrators.  We strive to assist PTAs and PTOs in their mission of inspiring and educating parents and advocating for the well-being of every child.

What People are Saying

Any author invited to speak at Davis Parent University should jump at the chance. From the gift bag at my hotel to the sold-out 500 seat auditorium to the warm hugs goodbye, everything exceeded my expectations.  Congratulations to DPU for creating such a remarkable learning community that’s supporting children and families. Your work is needed now more than ever.”

 

Katherine Reynolds Lewis

Award-winning journalist, author and speaker based in the Washington, DC, area who regularly writes for the Atlantic, Fortune, USA Today’s magazines, Washington Post, and Working Mother

 

 

"Thank you so very much, DPU! It was an honor to present my work on risk and resilience, and an even greater honor to be with your large, curious, and vibrant audience. From start to finish, you made me feel like I was an important part of your engaged community of parents, teachers and others, who, like me, want the very best for our children. Keep up the tremendous and inspired work!"

Jess P. Shatkin, MD, MPH

Award-winning Author; Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics,

NYU School of Medicine

 

 

"I had a wonderful time at Davis Parent University.  What a great crowd: Focused, interested and willing to laugh.  I've spoken at many parent events around the country.  I cannot remember any audience as large or as engaged... I do hope you will invite me back to speak...Many thanks for inviting me to Davis."

Michael G. Thompson, PhD

New York Times bestselling author, renowned clinical psychologist and international speaker

 

 

 

"The Davis Parent University is a marvelous organization with inspired members who offer the community a high quality educational experience focusing on the important role of caregivers in helping raise resilient children who thrive. It was an honor to be one of their speakers and to connect with the caring and committed parents of the Davis region."

 

Dan Siegel MD

UCLA  Professor of Psychiatry, NY Times Bestselling Author,

Award-Winning Educator

 

“It was an absolute pleasure to speak for DPU. Your event was stellar: from organization, AV, advertising, to the venue. And, most of all, your audience was so responsive. Thank you for your invitation.  Everything about your event was state of the art, but my favorite was your audience — parents were so wonderful.”

 

Michele Borba, Ed.D.

Internationally Renowned Educator, Bestselling Author, Parenting Expert

"As I mentioned on the phone, after having done over 200 talks about How to Raise an Adult, [Davis Parent University] stands out as top 3 in the country. Whatever they’re doing, they’re doing it right! It’s well organized from a speaker’s perspective, the partnership between the parents and the school leadership is fantastic, and most importantly the parents really know they’re experiencing something of value."

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Palo Alto, CA

Author of the New York Times best-seller How to Raise an Adult

 

 

 

"It was a tremendous honor to get to work with the incredible team at Davis
Parent University. They put on a stellar event, drew a terrific crowd, and
could not have been more organized. I felt so lucky to be part of it!"

 


Lisa Damour, Ph.D.

Author of New York Times bestseller, "Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood”

"Just as I had been told, the folks at DPU put on one of the best parent speaker series in the entire United States. The hosts are warm, organized and energized and the crowds are large, friendly and curious. I desperately hope I'll be invited back someday."  

 

 

Ron Lieber

Author of New York Times bestsellers "The Opposite of Spoiled"

and "Taking Time Off"

"Davis Parent University, I can't say enough about the positive experience I had working with you.  The committee made sure everything was supremely well-organized (and made it low-maintenance on my end). They got a big crowd in a state-of-the-art venue. It is such a pleasure to be able to share and interact with an engaged audience and to be able to focus on the substance and not worry about the little logistical things. But more than any of that, the committee and its organizers are so enthusiastic. I feel like I've made a new group of friends. Thank you, Davis!"

Matt Richtel 

New York Times Technology Writer 

Author of the New York Times Best- Seller The Deadly Wandering  

 

 

"Presenting in Davis CA. for the” Parent University Lecture Series”, on two separate occasions, has been an extraordinary privilege.

Jodi Liederman had been my contact and is an absolute joy to work with.  She is enthusiastic, committed and organized.  Everything flows smoothly as a result and delivers a full house.  More than anything however, is the fact that the Davis community is an involved and concerned one.  The questions they ask show a high level of understanding of parenting and student issues and a desire to be even better advocates for their children.  Anyone who has the opportunity to work with the Davis Parent University should grab it. They make everything easy, fun and satisfying.  One of my favorite speaking engagements."

Madeline Levine Ph.D  

Author of the NY Times best sellers

The Price of Privilege  & Teach your Children Well