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Equity, Access, & Society Theme (EAST)

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Through the IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in a Learning community) Initiative in 2019 and the Racial Justice Initiative, Stanford affirms its commitment to the value of diversity and inclusion to the mission of the university. We have launched Equity, Access, and Society Theme (EAST) House as a home to explore, affirm, and debate what inclusion, diversity, equity, and access mean to the people of Stanford and our local, national, and global communities.

EAST House is a place where upperclass students bring their diverse backgrounds and interests, are immersed in the rich experiences, discussions, and opportunities of others, and discover the meanings of equity and access from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. As our society grapples with the urgent issues of racial and gender justice, mounting inequality and poverty, life-threatening global warming—in the midst of a healthcare and economic crisis—we must be equipped with the tools, skills, and understanding to address these grave challenges. 

Whether you dedicate your life and career to such issues or simply seek to be more informed citizens and better neighbors to those whose yard signs differ from your own, EAST House’s focus on equity, access, and society provides its residents with the best that residential education has to offer—“dynamic conversation and knowledge exchange” while ensuring students’ sense of well-being and belonging.

Leadership Team

  • Christine Min Wotipka, Associate Professor (Teaching), Graduate School of Education; and Co-Resident Fellow, the Equity, Access, and Society Theme (EAST) House
  • anthony lising antonio, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education; and Co-Resident Fellow, the Equity, Access, and Society Theme (EAST) House
  • John Willinsky, Khosla Family Professor of Education and Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Graduate School of Education
  • Ari Kelman, Jim Joseph Chair in Education and Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Religious Studies; Director, Honors Program in Education, Graduate School of Education, and former Resident Fellow at Junipero 
  • Jennifer Wolf, Senior Lecturer and Director, Undergraduate Programs (UP), Graduate School of Education 
  • Paitra Houts, Director, Community Engaged Learning in Education, Haas Center for Public Service
  • Teresa LaFromboise, Professor of Development and Psychological Science, Graduate School of Education; Director, Native American Studies Program, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) 
  • Jennifer DeVere Brody, Professor of Theater and Performance Studies; Former Director, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE)
  • William S. Koski, Eric and Nancy Wright Professor of Clinical Education; Director,  Youth and Education Law Project, Stanford Law School and (by courtesy) the Graduate School of Education
  • Lourdes V. Andrade, Director of Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Engineering;  Former Associate Director, Leland Scholars Program; Former Co-Resident Fellow,  Equity and Social Justice Theme House 
  • Collin Anthony Chen, Associate Director of Undergraduate Outreach and Programming, McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society 
  • Gregory Clark (BA in Political Science and Government ‘20), Research and Program Associate at The Brennan Center for Justice; Former Resident Assistant, EAST House (2019-20) 
  • Jen Ren (BA in HumBio ‘18), MD Candidate at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai;  Former Resident Assistant, EAST House (2017-18) 

EAST House

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Theme Requirements

EAST Expectations for Preassign Residents

  • EAST House Seminar: Enroll in at least one quarter of EAST House seminar (Autumn: EDUC 100A, Winter: EDUC 100B, Spring: EDUC 100C).
  • Preassign Resident Showcase: Present at least once in the Preassign Resident Showcase.
  • Plan Theme Events: Work with one or more other resident and the EAST House Staff and Resident Fellows to develop, execute, and evaluate at least one theme-related event during the academic year.
  • Attend Theme Events: Participate actively in other theme-related events throughout the year by attending at least half of the theme events each quarter.
  • Engagement in a Community or Service Project: Preassign residents may substitute one of the above expectations by engaging in a quarter- or year-long theme-related community or service project not related to a course of study. Discuss options with the Staff and/or Resident Fellows.

For more information about EAST and the other independent houses in Governor’s Corner visit the Residential & Dining Enterprises website

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