Stern: Sally Ride
It brings great honor to residents of Sally Ride House, formerly known as Serra House, to be named after a Stanford alumna and the first American woman in space. Sally Ride earned four Stanford degrees and then went on to work at the absolute top of a pioneering field, representing her country, despite biases in the field against her identities. She continuously paved the way for other girls to do the same. Her doing so, while carrying the identities of an LGBTQ+ woman, is core to the energy of Sally Ride House. We proudly celebrate diversity of identities and encourage the work of all residents who seek to pioneer and improve opportunity for others.
More About Sally Ride
Sally Ride residents form strong bonds of friendship and support each other in an open and safe community. This past year, residents have participated in robust and diverse programming: biquarterly Culture and Community Cook Nights, Book Club, Virtual Reality x Music workshop, Childish Gambino Concert, and a Warriors Game. Additionally, Ride House has traditionally gone rafting on the American River for the last five years.
Mohammed Soriano-Bilal, MBA is an accomplished Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) educator, a design strategist, a poet, and an award-winning producer of both music and film. Currently Mohammed serves as Associate Dean & Director of the Office for Inclusion, Belonging and Intergroup Communication at Stanford University, where he oversees a team of skilled facilitator-scholars, teaches two courses on intercultural communication, and consults on DEI issues, including recruitment, retention, and design innovation. As a multi-disciplinarian artist-- Mohammed has collaborated with Santana, Public Enemy, Ben Harper, De La Soul, Danny Glover and Mos Def; his music has been featured on NBC, the CW, and the Sundance Film Festival; he wrote a weekly column for the San Francisco Bay Guardian; and his film work includes If I Were President, an election campaign that helped register 200,000 first-time voters of color and Vocabulary of Change, a conversation between Angela Davis and Tim Wise. Additionally, Mohammed has spent the last 20 years using DEI strategy to help Fortune 500 companies like Twitter, Nokia, and the Progressive Corporation remove blockages that stand in the way of growth.