As we get ready for fall, we are committed working with students to create opportunities for community and connection on campus. The ResX Neighborhoods will be a foundational component, but we are also working on so much more!
For our rising sophomores, many of whom have not been able to be on campus, we are working on the following:
- Creating a special Sophomore Welcome prior to the start of the fall quarter.
- Developing sophomore-specific programming throughout the quarter and year.
- Finding ways to offer many of the unforgettable traditions that normally occur on campus during frosh year for our rising sophomore students. For example, Frosh Formal, scavenger hunt, and a few more activities that are surprises for the frosh class each year can be reprised in a unique way just for you as sophomores next year.
We have three committees that are planning, respectively, the sophomore residential experience, enhanced second-year academic and advising opportunities, and the sophomore community welcome back to campus. We’ve received feedback from Frosh Council on initial ideas and look forward to sharing more details with you soon!
For our rising juniors, who left campus half way through their first-year at Stanford, we are working on:
- A plan for opportunities for social connection and reconnection, since many students in this class report difficulty in sustaining friendships over the months that they have been away from campus. Some suggestions that have come from the class are (1) creating opportunities for them to get to know other classmates before the housing assignment process (2) creating “dorm reunions” when they return to campus.
- A plan to help students access key Stanford experiences to prepare them for their remaining time at Stanford and beyond. This includes the Bing Overseas Studies Program, Cardinal Service opportunities, research opportunities, career education, and leadership development. Including addressings ways for students to connect with their major department or program and with faculty (for example, informal student-faculty social events in the dorms)
- A structure for on-going opportunities throughout the year for the junior class to connect including through the ResX model and through class focused events
Now that those groups are launched, we are eager to start preparing for our rising senior class. We would like to hear from you about what opportunities and experiences will help you adjust to being back on campus. Share your ideas here! Sign up here if you’d like to be a part of the planning. While we work on that, we’d like to share what The Social Project has been doing to get campus ready for everyone.
The Stanford Social Project is picking up where we left off before the pandemic and the group is working to plan a variety of inspired social opportunities. Some of the highlights from this student driven collaboration include enhancing the Arbor outdoor pub and performance space at Tresidder, emphasizing an outdoor campus Halloween celebration in the fall and activating popup events in new and different campus locations that can be tailored to promote connection across class years. The group is also working to capture sacred student-led traditions (like special dinners and Row house events) to easily adapt and integrate them with the ResX goals in mind.
Who is helping to work on these projects?
Sophomore Planning Group
- Warren Chiang, Academic Advising, co-chair
- Orlando White, Residential Education, co-chair
- Terry Smith, R&DE
- Dayo Mitchell, SIS
- Snehal Naik, Office of Student Engagement
- Lara Tohme, Academic Advising
- Grant Parker, Resident Fellow
- Cindy Ng, A3C
- Ashley Eberle, BEAM
- Aneel Chima, Well-Being
- kashi m zabaleta hinojosa, Well-Being
- Rebecca Katz, VPO
Junior Planning Group
- Brian Thomas, co-chair
- Emelyn dela Peña - (Leadership program), co-chair
- James Tarbox (BEAM)
- Nate Boswell (Social Project)
- Angie Wilcox (ResEd)
- Christine Min Wotipka and/or anthony antonio
- Mohammed Soriano-Bilal
- Melissa Stringer (advising)
- BoSP/Haas member(s)
- Arlene Abucay (Energy Resources Engineering)
- Mara Violanti (Materials Science)
- Vivian Sana (English)
- Jesse Calderon (Biology)
- Sophomore Class Presidents: Alison Cohen, Ecy King, Grant King & John Bailey
- Project Management Support: Rebecca Katz and Ankita Rahke
- Scheduling Support: Annie Kishiyama