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Casa Zapata staff at campus opening. Credit: Unknown

Ethnic Theme Houses

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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. 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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Governance of Ethnic Theme Houses

Here are some features of these houses

  • Open to all students from every neighborhood. 
  • Will be 100 percent by application. 
  • Will continue to be four-class housing.
  • You can live in a university theme house that is an ethnic theme dorm for two of your three upperclass years. You can live here a third year if you are a student leader.  
  • If you live in this type of house your first year, the neighborhood the house is in will become your neighborhood home. You are still eligible to live in a different university theme house in your upperclass years.
  • While open to students in all neighborhoods, the house will be part of one neighborhood, will participate on that neighborhood’s community council, and will have access to and share resources with the neighborhood.
  • Governed by the Undergraduate Residence Governance Council
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. La Mera Mera Artista: Sarita Pando Ocon; Artistas: Jalila S. Sparks, Natalie R. Haddox, Bailey E. Sherlin Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service