Skip to main content Skip to secondary navigation

Taking Care of Ourselves & Each Other

Health & Well-Being


Main content start

Arroyo is a place where we aim to develop and maintain a residence where curiosity, support and celebration of individual differences are paramount aspirations along with personal and academic growth. We strive to have a community where respect, inclusion, and safety are expected baseline values.

2023-24 Neighborhood Decorative Accent Line


More About Arroyo

Arroyo has traditions that support these aspirations and values through a range of social and educational activities.  These occur throughout the year and are chosen and led by our residents and student staff. Among the traditions of Arroyo are “Cottage Cheese” where members of our community cook for one another, “Spotlights” where individual students share their life stories with the community as a whole, “Weekend Activities” where student staff plan social activities and events for the residents, and 3 annual “big trips” where the dorm travels to other part of California for several days to live and learn.  Examples include Sea Trip to Monterey, Snow Trip to the Sierras, and Rock Trip to Yosemite Valley. Many other small events through the year are also developed based on specific interests of the residents. Perhaps more important than these types of traditions are the day to day interactions—eating at our tables at Wilbur Dining, sharing our accomplishments, challenges, and worries with one another, playing ping pong, pool, soccer, volleyball, and rock climbing during our evening and weekend downtime. Arroyo wants to be a fun place to live and learn, but more importantly, a supportive place for each resident to find and make their way during their Stanford journey.

Resident Fellows

Ben and Jill Patton, Resident Fellows in Arroyo, started as frosh at Stanford in 1999. They have spent 3 years as RFs in Potter and before that, 4 years as RFs in Otero. Jill earned her bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies in 2003 and a coterminal master’s degree in Media Studies in 2004. Highlights during her time at the Farm include two summers as Sierra Camp staph, serving as a student instructor for the Outdoor Education Program, running the climbing gym as president of the Stanford Climbing Wall Club, and co-founding SOOP, the Outdoor Outreach Program. She lived in Larkin, Kairos, Potter and, again, Kairos (as the kitchen manager), in addition to quarters in Santiago, Chile, and Stanford in Washington. She hails from various states in the Midwest and from Raleigh, North Carolina. Jill is currently senior editor for STANFORD magazine, the bimonthly publication serving Stanford’s 230,000 living alumni. She returned to the Farm in 2014 after nearly a decade in daily journalism.

A native of Seattle, Ben is Vice President of Finance for Idemitsu Renewables’ U.S. solar project development team. Ben has a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and a minor in East Asian Studies. He started out his Stanford days in SLE and ended up on the Row; along the way, he led Outdoor Education Program trips, raced with the cycling team, and studied abroad in Kyoto. He also took a year off to complete a ceramics apprenticeship in Karatsu, Japan, with Takashi Nakazato, a nominated Living National Treasure. These days, you’ll find him surfing at Ocean Beach, kitesurfing under the Golden Gate Bridge, grilling salmon on the back porch, or traveling to space in couch-shaped rockets (with his kids).

Joining Ben and Jill in Potter are Wyatt, 10, and Cora, 8, who enjoy playing soccer, learning gymnastics, making art, playing Pokémon Go, watching Star Wars movies, rollerblading, boogie boarding, and learning about the lives of college students. 

Abstract swirl background spelling, "Neighborhoods." Credit: StudioM1 / iStock
Arroyo is located in...


Arroyo, Cedro, Junipero, Kappa Alpha Theta, Okada, Robert Moore South (BOB), Terra, ZAP, and apartments in Mirrielees and Duan.

2023-24 Neighborhood Decorative Accent Line

For more information about Wilbur East residences visit the Residential & Dining Enterprises website.