Florence Moore 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 can be rich -- sometimes intense -- with lots of opportunities to form tight bonds. Great staff 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 staff and residents), and East Flo-wide (with East Flo staff and 100+ person events).
Being a good staff member in the close community of East Flo requires empathy, energy, and lots of "flove." While SLE alums often come back to staff, the East Flo staff as a whole has a mix of academic and residential backgrounds, just like our residents. The interactions among staff groups, large and small, are highly collaborative and open: all staff members, regardless of official position, are invited to bring their passions, perspectives, and talents to bear in providing excellent experiences for their residents.
Neighborhood O: Florence Moore, 576 Alvarado, 675 Lomita, 680 Lomita, Muwekma, Story, and apartments in Mirrielees and EVGR-A
Resident Fellows 2021-22
We have been Resident Fellows for over 15 years and are happy to call East FloMo our home. One of the best things about East Flo is the dynamic mix of House-specific culture/programming with plenty of East Flo-wide events. Residents get the benefits of both the small house and the dorm complex.
As for us, Susan Watkins is originally from upstate New York. After earning her degree in Industrial Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, she worked for Federal Express on the East Coast, in Los Angeles and in the Bay area. After FedEx, she worked for Webvan (a grocery delivery startup which has the dubious distinction of being one of the Internet’s most colossal business failures). Susan now works as the Director of Operations at the Career Management Center at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Greg Watkins grew up in Idaho and was once a FloMo student himself, graduating from Stanford with a BA in a self-designed major called Social Theory. He then went to UCLA for an MFA in Film Production and continues to be involved in various film projects. Greg also has a joint PhD in Religious Studies and Humanities from Stanford.
Resident Fellows 2022-23 and beyond
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.
Matthew Callahan is the associate director for the Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Hillbrook School, a progressive independent school in Los Gatos. 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 proud to have created an 8th grade core class “Social Impact and Leadership” in which students investigate their passions, explore and use interesting tools, and apply this to a pressing issue in our shared world. He is also 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 (SLE)
SLE focuses on great works of philosophy, religion, literature, art and painting, and film drawn largely, but not exclusively, from the Western tradition.