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Taking Care of Ourselves & Each Other

Health & Well-Being

Back row starting from the left Luis Cruz and Ari Barbella-Blaha front row Edward Joel Garcia Cortez, Laisha Ozuna and Adan Marquez. Credit: Andrew Brodhead /

Core Principles

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Learn more about the core principles that shape our neighborhoods.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This is critical to the promise of democratic culture in higher education and to the opportunity for transformational change for student learning (AAC&U, 2015). Furthermore, this principle helps diminish the stereotype of the “Stanford student” or “Stanford culture” that may harm historically underserved communities on our campus (McNair, Bensimon, Piqueux, 2020). This value was added in 2021. The ResX task force believes that diversity and inclusion are embedded in each of the core values below. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to the ResX vision, which is why we made this a fourth core value.

 Chocolate Heads perform "Chocolate Ball for Polymaths," a performance of dance, music and book art created for the opening of "Leonardo’s Library: The World of the Renaissance Reader" in the Green Library Rotunda. Credit:  Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

Health & Well-Being

This principle encompasses health in the broadest sense, including students’ emotional, social, physical, intellectual, behavioral and spiritual health. It’s not only the absence of illness: health and well-being means the promotion, maintenance and flourishing of health indicators (Keys, 2007).

Carissa Livan, Jasmin Lopez Tang Dalsgaard, Trevor DiGerolamo, Maisam Pyarali and Dumisile Mphamba. Credit: Andrew Brodhead

Community & Belonging

“Do I belong here?” is the core question that students ask again and again during their time on campus (Walton & Brady, 2017). Although “belonging” includes an individual’s sense of connection to and personal identification with the whole, “community” embraces an individual’s participation and belief in something larger than themselves. Creating and supporting a thriving community involves both collectively establishing a group’s values and norms and respecting the importance and responsibility of every individual in contributing to a shared vision and the daily life of that common good. 

 Michael John Raitor, Patrick Slade and Arjun Tambe. Credit: Andrew Brodhead /

Intellectual & Personal Growth

Over the course of four years, students evolve considerably intellectually, personally, and socially. The residences are uniquely positioned to enable their growth because we recognize and support so much important learning that happens outside of the classroom.

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