Otero is Stanford’s Public Service and Civic Engagement (PSCE) Theme House. As the PSCE Theme House, residents will have opportunities to learn about various approaches to public service, engage in service activities on and off campus, consider how service can be integrated with their academic work, and connect with other students, faculty, and community organizations who are committed to social change efforts. Residents also have an opportunity to make a Cardinal Commitment - a year-long commitment to a public service program or organization.
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Students receive individual support and guidance from undergraduate student staff, a graduate fellow, and Resident Fellows as they craft their public service journey at Stanford and beyond - as well as support from our colleagues at the Haas Center for Public Service, the hub of public service at Stanford. Students will have opportunities to form strong relationships with others who share a similar dedication to public service and explore how to create a more just and sustainable world through service.
Luke and Megan Terra have served as the Resident Fellows of the Public Service and Civic Engagement Theme House in Otero since 2021. While the theme is new to Otero, it’s not new to Stanford. For more than a decade, the Public Service and Civic Engagement Theme was housed in Branner. With the move to Otero, the theme expanded to a four-class house supporting residents’ interest and engagement in public service across their Stanford careers. Both Luke and Megan view service as core to their professional work and personal commitments, and are honored to support students along their own path of public service and civic engagement.
Luke Terra serves as the associate director of the Haas Center for Public Service and director of Community Engaged Learning and Research. Luke joined VPUE and the Haas Center in 2013 after completing his doctorate at the GSE where he focused on history and civic education. At the Haas Center, he works with the Cardinal Courses and Cardinal Quarter teams, and occasionally teaches courses on deliberative democracy and progressive education. Megan Terra is the lower school division head at the Nueva School, where she supports more than 40 teachers and 200 students and their families. Megan joined Nueva in 2008 as a first grade teacher and has also led their teacher training and apprenticeship program. Luke and Megan have two children (ages 17 and 19) and a goldendoodle named Gillian.
Public Service & Civic Engagement
Stanford’s Public Service and Civic Engagement theme dorm (located in Otero) where resident life involves activities and events centered on public service.