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Okada House explores and celebrates the diversity of Asian American peoples, cultures, and languages in both historical and contemporary contexts.

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Theme Requirements

Okada Pre-Assign Description

Okada preassigns are committed to learning about the Asian American experience and cultural and political identity. It is not expected that preassigns come in with knowledge, but rather that they have a shared desire to learn, share, discuss, and grow together. Preassigns are also invested in relationship and community building and tend to become mentors to and friends with the frosh in the house. Many of the items on the list of expectations are things our residents naturally end up involved in regardless of preassign status - by including them as expectations, we want to identify some of the things that make living in Okada as a preassign so meaningful!

Okada Preassign Expectations

Pre-assignment to Okada will be made for students who can make a commitment to learning about and actively participating in the Asian American experience in Okada and at Stanford. Examples include: attending presentations and programs in Okada and/or the A3C, enrolling in Asian American Studies courses, attending campus events, participating in student groups, facilitating discussions, etc.

Specifically, all Okada preassigns are required to agree to the following conditions:

  1. Attend the fall quarter preassign retreat (half day on Saturday or Sunday, date TBD).
  2. Attend all theme presentations, scheduled for Wednesday nights from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  3. Attend one of the three quarterly off-campus preassign field trips.
  4. Develop a theme project through the course of the year with your preassign small group.
  5. Participate in the dorm community, attend house meetings regularly, and support other dorm activities.
  6. Participate in the Listen to the Silence Conference and/or Stanford Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month events. This includes leading programs, and/or organizational and leadership duties such as committees, publicity, and volunteer shifts for events.
  7. Engage with the other ethnic theme dorms and communities on campus - examples include: attending theme presentations, programs, and events, and supporting joint-dorm activities. 

Moreover, if you desire a single room in Okada, in addition to the above conditions, you will be required to make a greater commitment to the theme by agreeing to these following conditions. Please do not apply for a single preassign room if you cannot make these additional commitments:

  1. Live in Okada for Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters.
  2. Prepare and present a theme presentation. Planning meetings with ETA required.
  3. Attend all three preassign quarterly off-campus field trips.
  4. Host or co-host three dorm activities, one per quarter - examples include: Teahouse Tuesday, Taste of Okada, on-call social activities, group trips to campus events/performances, facilitated discussions, off-campus dorm trips. Activities can be social, they do not have to be related to the theme.
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Arroyo, Cedro, Junipero, Kappa Alpha Theta, Okada, Robert Moore South (BOB), Terra, ZAP, and apartments in Mirrielees and Duan.

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