FloMo East: Alondra, Cardenal, and Faisan
Centrally located on Mayfield Avenue, two minutes from Tresidder Memorial Union and five from the Quad, East Florence Moore Hall consists of three houses—Alondra, Cardenal and Faisan. With so many residents both living and learning together, life here is rich with opportunities to form tight bonds. Great student leaders remain tuned-in, emotionally open, and invested without getting embroiled themselves. East Flo offers the unique challenge and opportunity of working both locally (with individual house leaders and residents), and East Flo-wide (with East Flo student leaders and 100+ person events).
Being a Student Leader
Being a student leader in the close community of East Flo requires empathy, energy, and lots of "flove." While SLE alums often come back to serve as student leaders, the East Flo student leader team as a whole has a mix of academic and residential backgrounds, just like our residents. The interactions among student leader groups, large and small, are highly collaborative and open: all student leaders, regardless of official position, are invited to bring their passions, perspectives, and talents to bear in providing excellent experiences for their residents.
Michaela Hulstyn is a lecturer in SLE and the author of Unselfing: Global French Literature at the Limits of Consciousness (University of Toronto Press, 2022). Her current research explores the relationship between cognitive processes and aesthetic forms in the global French world, with a focus on decolonial and postcolonial world-making. Her writing has been published in Modern Language Notes, Philosophy and Literature, and Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, among other places. In SLE, she often gives lectures on Hannah Arendt, Frantz Fanon, or the idea of world literature, and likes giggling about Emma Bovary. Michaela holds a Ph.D. in French from Stanford, and previously taught at Florida State University, Reed College, and in Stanford’s Hope House. One of her dreams for the resident fellow position in East Flo is to start an abolitionist reading and action group on the “study and struggle” community model.
Matt Callahan is an English Teacher at Castilleja School, a progressive independent school for girls in Palo Alto. He is a long-time educator with teaching experience from lower elementary through adult learners. He has taught in the US and abroad and is an outspoken advocate for transformational education. He holds degrees in Education, French, and History with a B.A. in History and French from UCLA, a M.A. in French and Francophone Studies from UCLA and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute, University of the Pacific. He is a die-hard Giants baseball fan and loves to share baseball games with others.
Matt and Michaela met at UCLA in an absurdist French literature class. Together they have two children (Hadley and Rowan) two dogs (Beckett and Kelby), four bikes (and a partridge in a pear tree.) They enjoy bonding with students about all things outdoors (camping, cycling, running, hiking, rock climbing), education and its relationship to ethics, and of course, books!
Structured Liberal Education (Theme)
SLE focuses on great works of philosophy, religion, literature, art and painting, and film drawn largely, but not exclusively, from the Western tradition.