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 5/31/2003 Casa Zapata, the university's Latino/Chicano ethnic dormitory, unveiled a new student-created mural May 31 as part of its 30th anniversary celebration. The mural's theme, "family", reflects the feeling of living in the dorm, according to event organizers. The mural is located in the dorm's lounge. Credit:  Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

Governance of Ethnic Theme Houses

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In the establishment of a governance structure for these dorms, the university is codifying an enduring commitment to the four ethnic theme programs that exist on campus. Our ethnic theme communities have a rich and long history of engaging students at the highest levels of intellectual discovery and advancing diversity, inclusion and belonging at Stanford through engaging students in a range of formal and informal settings. They are both “a beacon and a haven” for undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and alumni, providing a unique experience for students and the community, distinct from traditional, non-theme dorms, as well as from the other theme programs.

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Casa Zapata staff at campus opening. Credit: Unknown

Ethnic Theme Houses

Our ethnic theme programs both encourage their students to critically explore their identities and responsibilities to the community, and engage in broader outreach programs, advocacy and ongoing education.

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Our ethnic theme programs both encourage their students to critically explore their identities and responsibilities to the community, and engage in broader outreach programs, advocacy and ongoing education.