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PNG image file of the EAST logo featuring the word 'east' in an all black colored treatment except for the letter 't' which is colored cardinal red. Above that, it reads "Equity, Access, & Society Theme."

The Equity, Access, and Society Theme (EAST) House, launched in 2021-22, is designed to be a residential space where upperclass students bring their diverse backgrounds and interests to be immersed in myriad experiences, discussions, and opportunities relevant to equity and access from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. Building off ten years of success as the Education and Society Theme House and as faculty in the Graduate School of Education, the Resident Fellows (RFs) -- Professors anthony lising antonio and Christine Min Wotipka -- have expanded upon the education theme to more pointedly wrestle with a wide range of equity and access issues while ensuring students’ sense of well-being, belonging, and community.

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During their tenure as RFs, EAST House has been known for being a relatively active and social upperclass residence because of the time and energy the RFs and staff put into organizing a wide range of events and opportunities. With a mix of academic, blended, and purely social events, there is something for everyone at EAST House. EAST House is a great place to live. The location is ideal for those who prefer the quieter side of campus but also quick access to AOERC, Lake Lagunita, and the Engineering Quad. 

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Opportunities to Engage

• EAST House seminar
• Participation in a community or service-learning project developed in partnership with the Haas Center and the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society. 
• Related off-campus outings, including visits to community organizations, museums and special exhibits, arts and culture events, city and neighborhood walking tours, restaurant visits with discussions, and nature-related excursions. 
• Lunch and dinner meetings with guest speakers on timely topics and of interest to students. 
• Screenings of movies and documentaries along with guest speakers 
• Resident-led events are also encouraged! 

Neighborhood Location

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Neighborhood D: Governor’s Corner, 550 Lasuen, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Synergy, and apartments in Mirrielees and EVGR-A

Resident Fellows

anthony lising antonio and Christine Min Wotipka are social scientists who believe in the power of research to foment positive social change, including for issues related to equity, access, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. They have served as the Resident Fellows since 2006 when EAST was known as the East Asian Studies Theme House. In 2010, they founded the Education and Society Theme House, and are excited to launch EAST as the Equity, Access & Society Theme House.

Photograph of EAST RF, antonio.

anthony is a scholar of higher education policy, college student development, and diversity in higher education. His primary research efforts are currently focused on understanding college student social networks and the effects of diversity on student change in college. He is a Bay Area native and attended public schools in the East Bay before enrolling at UC Berkeley.

As an undergraduate, his commitment to and interest in issues in higher education were revealed by his work with local Filipino American youth on many projects including college outreach, retention programs, and the development of a Tagalog language course for undergraduates at Berkeley. Perhaps then it is little wonder that after earning two degrees in Mechanical Engineering and spending over three years in the aerospace industry, anthony made a career change and earned his doctorate in higher education where he studied student development and assessment at UCLA. These issues have remained central to his research, teaching, and service.

Photograph of EAST RF, Christine.

Christine is a scholar of gender and education in cross-national contexts. She was bitten by the research bug through her honors thesis research conducted while studying abroad in Morocco. Driven by a desire to gain overseas experience in international development and education, Christine proudly served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Thailand after completing her BA degree (with highest honors) in International Relations and French from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. After working for a time in the Republic of Korea, her mother’s homeland, Christine earned her master’s degree in Sociology in 1999 and doctorate in International Comparative Education in 2001 at Stanford. She has directed the master’s program in International Comparative Education and International Education Policy Analysis in the Stanford Graduate School of Education since 2007 and served as faculty director of the Program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies from 2012-2016. Her research interests include diversity and leadership in higher education and gender justice in education access, experiences, and outcomes. Her free time is spent with her family and their rescue dog. She loves politics, the outdoors, media and books with strong women protagonists, and fiery Asian food. 

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Equity, Access, & Society Theme (EAST)

A home (located in EAST) to explore, affirm, and debate what inclusion, diversity, equity, and access mean to the people of Stanford and our local, national, and global communities.

Exterior photograph of EAST.
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