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Stern, 557 Mayfield, 650 Mayfield, 702 Bowdoin, Columbae, Mars, Pluto, and apartments in Mirrielees and EVGR-A Duan Family Hall

About

Casa Zapata is a four-class house focusing on the Chicanx and Latinx experience through educational and cultural programs. Zapata residents are engaged in a wide range of activities — staging plays for Zoot Suit Week, planning film series, and sharing poetry and music at regular dorm gatherings. Decorated with vibrant murals by renowned Latino artists throughout the common areas, Zapata has been a source of inspiration, creativity and community for more than three decades. 

Casa Zapata is also a hub for community events such as Floricanto, Posadas, and Chicanx/Latinx Reunion Homecoming, as well as the host to performing groups such as El Mariachi Cardenal, Ballet Folklorico, a cappella groups, and service organizations. Zapata provides students with the opportunity to share a distinct cultural experience, form strong friendships across all undergraduate classes, and experience the unique enthusiasm and spirit found in frosh dorms.

Established in 1972 when Stanford was home to only a handful of Chicanx/Latinx students who were the first in their families to attend college, Zapata today is home to students from many different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. Americans of Latino heritage from a wide range of occupational and educational backgrounds join in creating a rich diversity of people and perspectives in our dorm. Your dorm mates will be international students, musicians and artists, athletes, and people who went to public and private schools and are from cities and the country. We can learn from every one of them, and they from you.

Casa Zapata creates a common bond for all our residents, regardless of their heritage, that fosters cross-cultural understanding and creates outstanding learning opportunities. This environment offers unparalleled opportunities to pursue your passions and to explore new ones, to dig deep into culture and broaden your horizons through open dialogue and meaningful support.

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Theme Requirements

Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment

Pre-assignment to Casa Zapata will be considered for students who fulfill the following condition: 

  1. Have an interest in Casa Zapata's theme and, through their application, demonstrate the ability to contribute to the dorm's learning environment.

Requirements if Assigned

If assigned to Casa Zapata and desire a single you must:

  1. Present at least one theme project - subject to approval by, and consultation with, the Resident Fellows and staff - for dorm residents.
  2. Commit to live in the dorm for the entirety of the academic year.
  3. Attend at least 8 of the 10 priority resident theme presentations.
  4. Attend one orientation session prior to presenting in the dorm.
  5. Fill volunteer roles in Zapata-Wide Educational and Cultural Programs such as the Casa Zapata Play and other Casa Zapata dorm traditions.

If assigned to Casa Zapata and desire a double (please note this is a one-room double) you must:

  1. Attend at least 8 of the 10 priority resident theme presentations.
  2. Must fill volunteer roles in Zapata-Wide Educational and Cultural Programs such as the Casa Zapata Play and other Casa Zapata dorm traditions.

For more information about Stern Hall residences visit the Residential & Dining Enterprises website

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