Formally tied to the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Crothers provides opportunities for close interaction with faculty, experts, and distinguished visitors in a residential setting, with courses and programming all aimed at helping undergraduate students to reflect upon, and engage with, key challenges of globalization and interdependence.
Global citizenship refers to a moral and ethical disposition: the quality of an individual’s response to living in a socially, economically, culturally, and politically interconnected world. We are looking for students who want an intensive, residential educational experience to help them grapple with what it means to be part of a globalized world. We hope to attract students from multiple majors across the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and engineering who are interested in international issues and would like the opportunity to investigate the ethical, policy, and practical implications of globalization.
The theme dorm provides opportunities for faculty-student interaction through Crothers Fellows, faculty who are affiliated with Crothers; residentially based courses taught in Crothers; formal ties to the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies programming and events; ties to other Stanford programs, centers and institutions; and student-led programming.
Stephen Stedman is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, professor, by courtesy, of political science, and deputy director of the Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law. Since 2018, he has also served as the Secretary General of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age. He is an expert on the mediation and implementation of peace agreements in civil wars. He served as a special adviser to the Secretary General of the United Nations and assistant secretary general of the United Nations, where he helped to create the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, the UN’s Peacebuilding Support Office, the UN’s Mediation Support Office, the Secretary’s General’s Policy Committee, and the UN’s counterterrorism strategy. During 2005 his office successfully negotiated General Assembly approval of the Responsibility to Protect. From 2010 to 2012, he chaired the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy, and Security, an international body mandated to promote and protect the integrity of elections worldwide. Professor Stedman currently serves as secretary general of the Kofi Annan Commission on Democracy in the Digital Age, which examines how social media affects the integrity of elections. At Stanford, Stedman’s teaching has focused on broadening the understanding of security, co-teaching with Roz Naylor on Food and Security, and Paul Wise on Health and Security. In 2000, he co-created the Center for International Security and Cooperation’s honors program, which he directed for several years. He currently directs the Fisher Family Honors Program in Democracy, Development and Rule of Law. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Professor Stedman was the chair of Stanford’s Faculty Senate. In 2018, he was awarded the Lloyd B. Dinkelspiel Award for outstanding service to undergraduate education at Stanford. Professor Stedman received his AB, MA and PhD from Stanford.
Corinne Thomas is a program manager at the Stanford King Center on Global Development. At Stanford, she has also worked in Residential Education and in the School of Engineering. From 2008 to 2009, she worked at the Haas Center for Public Service as an adviser to Stanford in Government, a student-led affiliate of the Haas Center, which she continues to do on a pro bono basis. In 2010, Stanford in Government honored her with its Distinguished Service Award. Ms. Thomas has worked in university administration, international political consulting, investment analysis, and at Labour Research Service, South Africa's first socially responsible investment company, in Cape Town, South Africa.
Ms Thomas was born in Germany and raised in England by a French mother and an American father. She has dual nationality, American and French. Ms. Thomas earned Master's degrees in international studies from Georgetown University and in business from Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Thomas and Professor Stedman were resident fellows in Larkin from 1997 to 2003 and returned to the RF role in Crothers in 2009, enticed by the Global Citizenship theme. They have two children, Zoe who is a sophomore at Tulane University and Luc who is in 11th grade at Palo Alto High School. They also have two dogs, Posey and Gumbo, and three cats, George, Gracie and Jack, who all love students.
Roughly 40 residents are pre-assigned to the theme.
Information Related to Gender Neutral Bathrooms and Restrooms
- All bathrooms and restrooms in Crothers Hall and Crothers Memorial are gender neutral, except for:
- Crothers, 2nd floor - WOMEN at Stern/South end and MEN at Encina/North end of the building (bathrooms in the middle hallway of the floor are gender neutral) and
- Crothers Memorial, 3rd floor - WOMEN at Stern/South end and MEN at Encina/North end of the building (bathrooms in the middle hallway of the floor are gender neutral). Theme students are grouped together on the second floor.
How Pre-Assigned Rooms Are Assigned
- Roommate pairs can be considered together if both applications note roommate name on pre-assignment application.
- Pre-assigned theme students are clustered together on the second floor of in Crothers Memorial.
- There will be a theme in-house draw (separate from the in-house draw for the rest of Crothers) with designated rooms to choose from on the second floor of Crothers Memorial.
- Preference for singles is given but NOT guaranteed to seniors writing an honors thesis.
- One-room doubles and some singles are available to pre-assigned students.
Additional Community Information
What are the coolest things about your community?
- Our Global Citizenship theme hosts about 30 informal dinner and lunch conversations with prominent speakers each year, with the aim of helping students reflect upon, and engage with, key challenges of globalization and interdependence;
- Because we are the biggest dorm, we have the largest amount of dorm funds which our staff uses to program a great variety and number of dorm events;
- Our beautiful lawn between Crothers and Crothers Memorial, especially in fall and spring quarters when we host Friday barbeques.
What qualities make a successful Crothers staff team member?
There are two important aspects of being a good staff member: how you relate to your residents and how you conduct yourself as part of a team. For the former, we look for leadership, good academics, empathy, the ability to know when to talk and when to listen, a sense of humor, and the willingness to stand up to a resident if needed. For the latter, we look for great communication skills and follow through. You should want to be on a team where everyone does what they say they are going to do.
What exactly do Resident Fellows do?
There are four essential parts to being a Resident Fellow. First, you play a key role in the university safety net for students who struggle for whatever reason. Second, you help build community, so students feel safe and secure and at home in their dorm. Third, you bring an educational component into the dorm and show there really is residential education. Fourth, you hire and direct a student staff who have the day-to-day responsibilities of building dorm community and making sure their residents are safe and healthy. This is by far the most important thing you do as an RF - if you don’t pick a good team and help them to do their jobs, then you will struggle with all the other parts of the job.
Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment
Pre-assignment to Crothers uses a TIER THREE housing choice.
If assigned to Crothers you must:
- Be an active leader in at least one Global Citizenship theme program during the academic year.
- Present your thesis work to the dorm if you are a senior writing an honors thesis.
- Participate actively in at least 5 dorm-based theme activities (speakers, workshops, dinners, field trips and other special events) per quarter during the academic year.
- Will there be any informational sessions and tours of Crothers? Yes! We will hold an informational session in Crothers Memorial lounge (across from the Arrillaga dining entrance) in spring quarter. You can meet the current and next year’s academic theme associates (ATAs), current theme students, ask questions and, visit Crothers and Crothers Memorial.
- Can I pre-assign with a draw group? No, but roommate pairs can be considered together if both applications note the roommate’s name.
- What do I do if I don’t have a roommate? Many students apply each year without roommates. We set up a google doc with living preferences and hold several mixers for students to find roommates. We have a very successful track record of matching students!
- What Tier do I need to pre-assign to Crothers? Tier 3; we want to encourage students go abroad, to Stanford In Washington, or to Stanford in New York, winter and/or spring quarters.
- Can I go abroad during the year if I’m in the theme? Yes! Students are strongly encouraged – but not required – to attend a Stanford overseas campus or the Stanford In Washington and New York campuses during winter and/or spring quarters.
- If I go abroad winter quarter, can I return to Crothers in the spring? Pre-assigned students going abroad, to Stanford In Washington, or to Stanford in New York, during winter quarter will be given priority to be placed back into Crothers for spring quarter.
- If I go abroad fall quarter, can I pre-assign? Students going abroad or to the Stanford In Washington or New York campuses fall quarter cannot apply to pre-assign, but are encouraged to list Crothers first on their Housing preference form for their return to Stanford winter quarter.
- Where are the rooms for pre-assigned students in Crothers? Pre-assigned theme students are clustered together on the second floor of Crothers Memorial.
- How do I pick a room? There will be a theme in-house draw (separate from the in-house draw for the rest of Crothers) with designated rooms to choose from on the second floor of Crothers Memorial. The same draw rules apply.
- What kind of rooms are available? There are one-room doubles and a few singles.
- Can I get a single? Preference for singles is given - but NOT guaranteed - to seniors writing an honors thesis. Sophomores and juniors are highly unlikely to get a single.
- Are there gender-neutral rooms? There are gender-neutral rooms available in single rooms in Crothers and Crothers Memorial. For more information click here.
- Are there gender-neutral bathrooms? On the second floor of Crothers Memorial, there are only gender-neutral bathrooms. There are gender-specific bathrooms on the third floor of Crothers Memorial. For more information, click here.
For more information about Crothers and its Global Citizenship theme
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