The Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) acknowledges undergraduates’ interests in teaching as well as in education research, policy, activism, and volunteerism. One special aspect of the GSE’s recent Centennial year celebration was the institution of UP@GSE – Undergraduate Programs in the Graduate School of Education.
One key component of UP@GSE is the Education and Society Theme (EAST) House. EAST House provides a living-learning space that serves students as a hub of activity around student interests and engagement in education.
Traditional elements of the academic theme house include a year-long house seminar on rotating topics in education. EAST House also holds quarterly Education-themed events open to the Stanford Community. Such events include discussions with guest speakers, from Stanford and beyond, who work in various capacities in formal and non-formal education contexts, as well as fireside chats with current students, alumni, and faculty to showcase careers and graduate school options in Education. Other events are open solely to residents of EAST House, including our very popular trip to Yosemite with Kenji Hakuta, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emeritus.
anthony and Christine entered the field of Education to improve the lives of others, make social change through education, and fulfill their teaching and research interests, hence their excitement about serving as Resident Fellows in an academic theme house whose theme is Education.
anthony is a scholar of higher education policy, college student development, and diversity in higher education. His primary research efforts are currently focused on understanding college student social networks and the effects of diversity on student change in college. He is a Bay Area native and attended public schools in the East Bay before enrolling at UC Berkeley.
As an undergraduate, his commitment to and interest in issues in higher education were revealed by his work with local Filipino American youth on many projects including college outreach, retention programs, and the development of a Tagalog language course for undergraduates at Berkeley. Perhaps then it is little wonder that after earning two degrees in Mechanical Engineering and spending over three years in the aerospace industry, anthony made a career change and earned his doctorate in higher education where he studied student development and assessment at UCLA. These issues have remained central to his research and teaching.
Christine is a scholar of gender and education in cross-national contexts. She was bitten by the research bug through her honors thesis research conducted while studying abroad in Morocco. Driven by a compassion for the poor and a desire to gain overseas experience in international development and education, Christine served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Thailand after completing her degree in International Relations and French from the University of Minnesota. After working for a time in the Republic of Korea, her mother’s homeland, Christine earned her doctorate in International Comparative Education (ICE) and master’s degree in Sociology at Stanford. She has directed the master’s program in International Comparative Education and International Education Policy Analysis since 2007. She also served as faculty director of the Program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies from 2012-16. In addition to the seminars she leads for the ICE/IEPA master's program, Prof. Wotipka teaches “Gender and Education in Global and Comparative Perspectives” and “Gender and Higher Education: National and International Perspectives.” Cross-listed in Education; Sociology; and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, these courses are open to undergraduate as well as graduate students.
Along with their two young children and dog, they have served as the Resident Fellows at EAST House since 2006. Its current theme, Education and Society, was launched by anthony, Christine, and their staff in 2010-11 (previously, EAST House was known as the East Asian Studies Theme House).
What’s the coolest thing about your house and community?
Led by a strong and dedicated staff, EAST House has a social, house atmosphere where residents find it easy to make new friends, which is uncommon for west campus upper-class residences. In part, our Education theme provides topics and issues for residents to discuss – some of the best dinner conversations at EAST have been sparked by current issues and events ranging from college admissions to DACA to the latest education start-up in the Valley. Learning from other students who perspectives come from a variety of disciplines and a range of experiences makes for a unique out-of-classroom learning environment.
EAST is also unique in that it is a house, not a dorm. House culture helps to bring the community together, whether it’s hanging out or studying in the dining room or cooking together in our open kitchen. EAST has the best of both worlds: it’s the perfect home for people looking to build house culture but in a quieter part of campus – away from the Row but close to amenities like AOERC and the Stanford Educational Farm.
What qualities make a successful EAST staff team member?
A passion for education is a big bonus. Staff members, especially Resident Assistants, but also the RCC and Kitchen Manager, are provided with many opportunities to develop education-related events for the house and for the broader education Stanford community, all with the support and guidance of two Resident Fellows who are faculty in the Graduate School of Education.
Of course, there are also myriad other qualities that would make for a successful EAST staffer. Above all is an enthusiasm for building house culture. As EAST House has a small staff (3 RAs, 1 RCC, 1 KM), all staff members work closely together, so good and open communication, trust, and respect for your fellow staff members and the RFs are vital.
What’s your favorite event or tradition in your house?
Every year, the staff develops a wide variety of events and activities based on the interests of the staff members themselves as well as the current residents. These include Education-related events, purely social events, as well as events that blend the two. In the past, we have held cooking classes in the kitchen on the weekends, barbeques on the back patio, election results and sports viewing parties, and many study breaks with food, just to name a few. Special Dinners are held every quarter and allow staff to provide distinctive themed meals to residents. House meetings are held on a monthly basis and in between, we have hall meetings and class dinners. When RAs are on call on Friday and Saturday nights, they provide snacks to residents and often watch movies or play games with residents. In sum, the staff at EAST House are expected to provide an ample number and range of events for our residents.
Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment
As you complete your application, bear in mind the following requirements for pre-assign residents at EAST House:
- Enroll in 2 out of 3 quarter-long seminars (EDUC100A, B, C)
- Work with the EAST House staff to develop, execute, and evaluate at least two theme events during the academic year.
- Participate actively in other theme-related events throughout the year by attending at least half of the theme events per quarter.
- Commit to living at EAST all 3 quarters of the 2019-2020 academic year.
Pre-assignment to EAST requires the use of a TIER THREE housing choice.
Eligibility requirements for pre-assignment at EAST House
To be considered for Pre-assignment, students must meet ONE of the following requirements:
- 20 units of Education courses or courses cross-listed in Education.
- Have declared a minor in Education.
- Have been accepted to the Honors Program in Education.
- Have extensive education-related experience (e.g., active participation in an education related student or community organization) and a commitment to share this with the House.*
- Demonstrate strong interest in the theme of the House.*
- *To fulfill this requirement, please describe in detail how you intend to share this experience with the residents of EAST House during the academic year. Your essay should be fewer than 5000 characters in length, including spaces (see #1 below).
- In addition, all prospective applicants must attend the required Info. Session at the EAST House RF Cottage: Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 7:30-8pm. RSVP here to attend: https://goo.gl/forms/nwUifRWgUa81sdk53