Statement of Purpose
Student Activities and Leadership (SAL) works to help students find and foster their passions while developing their life and leadership skills. We can introduce you to activities or assist you with getting an initiative off the ground. When compared to other institutions, Stanford allows student groups to operate with a lot of autonomy but it can be difficult to navigate the University on your own. That’s why SAL is devoted to:
- Providing open access for students to participate and assume leadership roles.
- Empowering student leaders to make decisions on behalf of their group.
- Developing strong, caring relationships with of the campus community.
- Embracing collaboration over duplication.
Old Union, Room 206
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday
Drop-in hours: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Wednesdays
Peer Advisor Night Hours: 7:00 - 9:00PM, Mondays and Thursdays
Peer advisors serve as a resource for students and club officers by providing advice about campus involvement, group management, and event planning. For their weekly drop-in hours, please click here. Our peer advisors are:
Frances Ball '15
About Frances: Frances is a sophomore from Berkeley, California, majoring in Atmosphere and Energy Engineering with a minor in Economics. Outside of SAL Frances is the financial officer of the Stanford Concert Network, the social char of Club Tennis, and an officer of Pi Beta Phi. Frances loves spending time outdoors, playing tennis, cooking and music. Ask her about event planning, VSO funding and more!
Liaison to: Social Awareness and Athletic Orgs. Also the social media guru!
Photo: Frances at Stanford Football!
Anne-Laure Cuvilliez 3rd Year Ph.D. Student
About Anne-Laure: Anne-Laure grew up in a ski resort in France, called Serre-Chevalier (It's beautiful you should really check it out). She did her undergrad in Grenoble and Nancy in France and got her Masters at EPFL in Switzerland. She is a graduate student in Sustainable Design and Construction Before SAL, Anne-Laure was involved with the Graduate Student Council and Engineering School student rep. She was also the president of the French Student Association and a member of the Ultimate B team and the Stanford Cycling team. Outside of Stanford, you can find Anne-Laure in the outdoors climbing, hiking, backcountry skiing or riding her bike around the Santa Cruz mountains.
Liaison to: International and Health & Wellness Orgs.
Photo: Anne-Laure at the football field!
Madeline Hawes '13
About Madeline: Madeline is a senior in International Relations and minoring in Dance. She hails all the way from Northwest Philadelphia where she was raised amongst the trees, Quakers, and ballerinas. At Stanford, Madeline has been heavily involved with the ASSU, is a co-president of the Black Pre-business Association, and a proud member of the Chocolate Heads movement band. Ask her about life, love, and leadership!
Liaison to: Academic, Pre-professional, and Athletic Orgs.
Photo: Whoop THERE IT IS!
Abroad during Spring 2013
Marushka Hirshon '14
About Marushka: Born in Tahiti and raised in Chicago, Marushka is a junior majoring in Science, Technology, and Society. Outside of SAL, she is the bass drummer of the Stanford marching band, the Stanford American Indian Organization's financial officer, and Powwow's financial officer. Ask her about event planning, mygroups2, Orgsync and more!
Photo: Marushka midair!
Hunter Kodama '14
About Hunter:Hailing from the small town of North Stonington in Southeastern Connecticut, Hunter is currently a sophomore preparing to declare a major in Public Policy. While he enjoys the warm and sunny weather of California, he sometimes misses Winter. And Fall. And Spring. Outside of the office, he is a member of the Dance Marathon staff, and also an officer of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Ask him all your hard questions about VSO funding, navigating our OrgSync system, or snow!
Liaison to: Arts, Dance, Drama, Music, and Media/Publication Orgs.
Photo: Hunter contemplating the complexities of life.
Brad Moylan '13
About Brad:Originally from Torrance, CA, Brad is a Junior majoring in Management Science & Engineering. Outside of SAL, Brad is the Chairman of the Axe Committee and was a Freshman Transition Coordinator for NSO 2011. He enjoys Scuba diving, skiing, is slightly obsessed with Stanford history, and can't wait to spend Spring Quarter in Madrid! Ask about event planning, new group registration, OrgSync, and more!
Liaison to: Community Service Orgs. Also the off-campus fundraising and The Stanford Fund Partnership guru!
Photo: Brad on the field at USC!
Elizabeth Patiño '14
About Elizabeth: Hailing from Medellin, Colombia and Andover, Massachusetts, Elizabeth is a Junior majoring in Political Science. Outside of SAL, Elizabeth has been involved in various student groups including Latinos Unidos, La Familia, Sigma Theta Psi, and the LGBTQ-Religion Leadership Roundtable. She also enjoys listening to music, dancing, kayaking, basketball, and coloring books!
Liaison to: Ethnic, Cultural, Religious, Social and Political Orgs. Also the finances, off-campus fundraising, and website guru.
Photo: Elizabeth smiling!
Associate Dean & Director
About Nanci: Nanci was writing this bio when a student walked in the door asking for help. While we await Nanci's full bio, check out the picture of her with a goat.
Photo: Nanci holding a goat as a part of the Stanford Goat Project, a fundraiser in White Plaza put on the by the Intervarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.
Areas of Responsibility: ASSU/GSC/Undergraduate Senate, Arts (Dance, Drama, Music, Other Orgs), Athletic (Outdoor Rec Orgs), Political events and groups, Sophomore Class Presidents, Student Activities Advisory Board, Policy development and interpretation, Off-campus Fundraising, New Group Processes, ASSU Speaker's Bureau, The Daily, Recreationa Orgs, Social Orgs, Debate, and Social Awareness Orgs.
About Snehal: Snehal came to Stanford after working at universities in Boston, New York City and Monterey. As an UCSD undergrad he was active in student government, campus programs and concert planning. He also served as an orientation leader and RA. Snehal goes to as many student events as he can - - riding a camel at Israeli Independence Day was a highlight.
Photo: Snehal at Stanford's Holi, Festival of Colors, organized by Asha for Education.
Areas of Responsibility: Athletic (Club Sport, Other), Academic groups, Health and wellness groups, Stanford Concert Network, International Orgs, Peer Avisor Program, Workshop Schedule, White Plaza, Junior Class Presidents, 5-SURE, Alcohol Advisory Board, Pre-Professional Orgs, and Stanford Concert Network Advisory Board.
About Ankita: Ankita is the newbie at SAL, but has previously worked at Santa Clara University and Trinity University. As an undergrad at Vanderbilt University, Ankita held leadership positions in the South Asian student organization; a mentoring and tutoring organization; her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi; and in new student orientation. She was also an assistant hall director in residence life at The Ohio State University, where she also went to graduate school. Ankita is very excited to be working at Stanford and cannot wait to get to know more students and attend events!
Photo: Ankita having a little fun in the City in Haight-Ashbury.
Areas of Responsibility: Athletic (Martial Arts) Orgs, Community Service Orgs, Ethnic/Cultural Orgs, Media/Campus Publications, Religious Orgs, the Stanford Fund Partnership, OrgSync, SAL Website, Social Media & Communication, Student Activities Fair, and Re-regsitration Process.
Program Coordinator, Graduate Student Intern
About James: Born and raised in New Jersey, James embodied a typical East-coast personality. He started to get accustomed to the Midwest while enjoying his college days at the University of Michigan. After studying Education in undergrad, James taught Economics in a high school in Detroit. Then, after several years there, he decided to get acclimated to the West coast by attending Stanford University for graduate school. And he is excited to get involved with student activities and organizations on the Stanford campus.
Photo: James "enjoying food and losing weight" during his visit to Singapore.