Neighborhoods Task Force
Enhancements to Neighborhood Housing Assignments and Residence Configurations. This Task Force is charged with recommending longer-term changes and enhancements to the neighborhood model that will strike an optimal balance between student choice and community cohesion.
In 2019, the ResX Task Force determined that the guiding concept for the Stanford residential community should be the “neighborhood,” and it drew particular attention to the importance of continuity in the neighborhood experience: “Each neighborhood will foster continuity during students’ four years at Stanford, allowing them to experience deepening friendships over time, as well as offering the creative challenges and rich learning opportunities that come from citizenship in a diverse community.”
Learnings & Changes to Date
We have learned a great deal over the first two years of implementation of our shared vision for housing, and we remain committed to a process of ongoing feedback and iterative improvements. Data from the first two years of housing assignments reveal some areas of progress, including more fully meeting demand for all-frosh housing, increasing the opportunities for sophomores able to live with residents from their frosh dorm (an indicator of continuity of community), and significantly improving junior and senior access to Row houses.
The Charge for 2023 and Beyond
In keeping with our commitment to ongoing community feedback and iterative improvements, this Task Force is charged with recommending longer-term changes and enhancements to the neighborhood model that will strike an optimal balance between student choice and community cohesion.