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Wilbur Hall aerial view. Credit: Residential and Dining Enterprises

Wilbur: Trancos

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Beginning in 2022-23, Trancos will be home to Stanford's Outdoor House. Trancos is one of the eight houses in Wilbur Hall, located on the east side of campus. The house has several common areas, including a lounge, kitchen, and computer room. It also features amenities such as a baby grand piano, large flat screen TV, ping pong table, foosball table, and pool table. Trancos is conveniently located right beside Wilbur dining.

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Neighborhood Location

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Neighborhood T: Wilbur West, 610 Mayfield, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Enchanted Broccoli Forest, Jerry, Narnia, and apartments in Mirrielees and EVGR-A

Resident Fellow 2021-22

Photograph of Trancos Resident Fellow.

When Emelyn dela Peña, Ed.D. first applied to be a Resident Advisor as a junior in college, little did she know it would be the start of her 25+ year career in Student Affairs.  Since that time, she has held various positions at six different institutions, starting her professional career as a Residence Hall Coordinator for a Living Learning Center at San Diego State University and now serving as Associate Vice Provost for Inclusion, Community and Integrative Learning at Stanford. Previously, Emelyn was Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Washington University in St. Louis, served as the inaugural Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Harvard College, and was a Campus Diversity Officer and Director of The Women’s Center at the University of California, San Diego.

Emelyn’s career has focused on equity, inclusion, and social justice issues, with particular attention to serving the needs of underrepresented and minoritized students. She has presented and taught nationally on social justice, gender, and diversity issues and has co-authored several book chapters regarding gender, leadership, and social justice. Emelyn brings an intersectional approach to diversity and social justice work and is particularly influenced by the third space theory and practice of queer women of color. She is known for her trusting relationships with students, advocacy for the needs of the most marginalized communities, commitment to fostering learning everywhere students interact, and her command of the current scholarship on equity and inclusion.  

Emelyn holds a Doctor of Education from a joint University of California, San Diego, San Diego State University, and California State University, San Marcos program. She earned a Master of Arts in Postsecondary Educational Leadership from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies with an area focus in Black American Music from the University of California, San Diego.

A native of southern California, Emelyn and her dog Jimmy Choo now call Stanford home. You’ll find her and Jimmy Choo walking around Wilbur Hall in the early mornings and late evenings. If you look up into the window of the home office, you may notice her collection of yarn, fantasy and sci-fi books, and various posters from years of San Diego Comic-Con.

Resident Fellows 2022-23 and beyond

Photograph of Trancos Resident Fellows.

Colin (’11) and Heidi (’12) Campbell are the incoming Resident Fellows in Trancos.

As the son of a U.S. Forest Service ranger, Colin was raised in southwest Montana by the largest expanse of continuous pristine wilderness in the lower 48 states. Growing up in Big Sky Country, seasons were marked by its recreational opportunities: skiing at Lost Trail, hiking Trapper Peak, and rafting down the Bitterroot. While pursuing his B.S. in Human Biology, he (briefly) played for Stanford Men’s Soccer team, staffed as an RA and PHE for Toyon, and worked front desk at Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation. Since 2011, Colin has supported community well-being on campus through the management of the residential Peer Health Educator (PHE) program and more recently as Assistant Director of Well-Being at Stanford. He earned his Masters in Public Health from San Jose State University in 2018.

Philippines-born and Bay Area-raised, Heidi first discovered the joy of the outdoors as a high school camp counselor in the redwood forests of Occidental, CA. In addition to earning a degree in English Literature, other highlights of her Stanford experience include meeting her future husband in Toyon, studying abroad in Oxford, and building a community in Terra. Post-graduation, she joined the early Marketing team at Poshmark. In 2017, Heidi returned to the Farm to work in digital content production for the Stanford Alumni Association and Cantor Arts Center. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters in Sustainability through Harvard with a focus on Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Ecosystems.

On the weekends, you can find them volunteering at local urban farms, hiking dog-friendly trails with their rescue pup Roo, and cooking plant-based meals.

Why Outdoor House

The Campbells are guided by the core values of sustainability, well-being, and community. We practice an inclusive, respectful, and dynamic relationship with the land, our bodies, and the integration of both spaces. A meaningful connection to nature and “the great outdoors” is about more than recreating outside. There is a complex history of power and ownership, extraction and development, and awe and wonderment at our feet. While outdoor recreation is beneficial for mental and physical health, building a mutually nourishing relationship with the land requires our students to understand its complexity and interconnectedness and actively participate as stewards on and off the Farm — all while embarking on many adventures with this flourishing community.

Students on house trip to Yosemite. Credit: Unknown

Outdoor House

Outdoor House aims to be a bastion for thought and discussion about coupled human natural systems, sustainability, and conservation.

Exterior photo of Trancos.
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For more information about Wilbur West residences visit the Residential & Dining Enterprises website