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. 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 lead 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 the first year of their Stanford journey.
James (Jim) Lock, MD, PhD. Is professor and associate chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has spent his entire career at Stanford as a clinical researcher in child psychiatric eating disorders treatment, particularly anorexia nervosa. He has an eclectic background having majored in religion and philosophy in college, completed a masters in comparative literature, and a PhD in philosophy along with this medical degree. He is also a poet and short story writer and a long standing member of the Pegasus Writers, a group of physician writers here at Stanford. When not reading, writing, or teaching, you will likely find him running somewhere on the campus.
Brian Kleis, MD is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist in private practice. He supervises Child Psychiatry Fellows and teaches in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as a Consulting Associate Professor. He enjoys working with youth and their families in treating the full range of emotional and developmental issues. He has previously worked in the public sector, including juvenile hall, child guidance clinics, and county mental health. Brian enjoys long distance road biking, hiking, and generally anything outdoors. He also likes working with his hands and always has a building project going on, even sometimes finishing them!
Jim and Brian have raised two children during their time at Stanford. Elena recently graduated college and is working in the LA area and Sawyer is a sophomore at UVM in Burlington, VT.
What’s the coolest thing about your house and community?
We are very excited about co-creating Arroyo’s culture with our residents and staff. We try to build a community that supports and reflects the identities, values, and interests of our diverse Frosh residents, but the details will be for us to work out together.
What qualities make a successful team member?
Creativity, openness to new experience, optimism, kindness, inclusivity, energy, and a sense of humor--in short, folks who want to create a place where everyone feels known, respected, and loved.
What’s your favorite event or tradition in the house?
We’re looking forward to throwing barbecues, roaming the hills on hikes and bike rides, exploring San Francisco and beyond, hosting speaker series, fostering discussions about cultural diversity, intentionally creating our shared Arroyo culture, and establishing other traditions at our new home.