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House Description

730 Escondido Rd, Stanford, CA 94305
East Campus
Housing Theme Type: 
Pre-Assignment Programs
Theme Name: 
Substance Free

Mirrielees staff attend a ballet of Cinderella in San Francisco in JPG format.

Mirrielees is a great community for students ready to prepare for their life after college. Apartment-style rooms include full kitchens and bathrooms that the residents maintain and make their own.

The rooms are mostly two-bedroom doubles with a few three-bedroom triples. Mirrielees has 4 computer clusters and 3 lounges (including a very spacious third-floor lounge with a pool table and craft area) that provide great spaces for studying and for the many events hosted by the student staff.

Mirrielees has nearly 300 residents and sits in handy proximity to Gerhard Quad, Vaden, and other East Campus landmarks and offers a friendly environment a little removed from the hustle and bustle of Main Campus.

The ideal Mirrielees resident will develop both self-sufficiency and interdependence.  

Residents are asked to be active participants in their continued development in and out of the classroom, and they often partner with student staff to run programs that showcase their many talents and address the community’s unique needs. 

All residents living in the Substance-Free halls are required to adhere to the Substance-Free Community Standards outlined below in the Pre-Assignment section. 

Resident Fellows

Resident Fellow Names: 

Photograph of Mirrielees Resident Fellow, Lisa Hicks.

Resident Fellows for 2019-20

Lisa Hicks

Lisa is originally from Winchester, Kentucky, and has also lived in Rhode Island, Illinois, Indiana, and Tennessee. She is a Core Instructor for Stanford Online High School, which means that she teaches philosophy to 8th-graders and 12th-graders who are probably convinced that she lives in the internet. Lisa did her undergraduate work at Brown, where she double-concentrated in Philosophy and English, and her graduate work at the University of Chicago, where she wrote her dissertation on Friedrich Nietzsche’s view of the self.  (She insists that these were all reasonable things to do.) Lisa's previous roles at Stanford include teaching in SLE and serving as the Theme Manager in Ng House / Humanities House. She knits stuffed animals, bakes cupcakes using improbable ingredients, reads mystery novels and contemporary fiction, knows far too much Harry Potter trivia, and attends every play that she can fit into her schedule.

Lisa would be happy for you to join her on her evening walk, and she will almost certainly make you a cup of tea if you ask nicely.

Resident Fellows for 2020-21

Sunny Zhang

Photograph of Mirrielees Resident Fellow, Sunny Zhang.

Sunny grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and considers herself a veritable California gal. She has an AB with Honors in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth, and an Ed.M. in Prevention Science and Practice and Educational Leadership from Harvard.  She is an impassioned educator and licensed school social worker, having infused her knowledge into the public school system over the past decade. Through her work, Sunny has played an integral part in designing and leading status-quo pushing programs and initiatives centered around holistic wellbeing, student success, and equity as part of the San Francisco, San Mateo County, and Oakland Unified School Districts. At present, Sunny serves as a Residence Dean here at Stanford, while also volunteering her time as a board member of the San Francisco branch of OCA, a national non-profit centered around AA/API advocacy.

Outside of work, Sunny can be found playing golf and tennis, having grown up as a competitive golfer and D1 athlete. With a deep-rooted appreciation for the arts, Sunny loves using mixed mediums to create multi-dimensional pieces, making jewelry, or experimenting with nature photography. Sunny also frequents local art galleries, and loves the vibrancy of the live music scene. She enjoys the great outdoors, snowboarding with her family in Tahoe, and surfing/paddleboarding in Hawaii with friends. When home, she spends lots of time with her Samoyed, Nike, the sweetest and fluffiest dog ever!  

Community Information

Residence Type: 
Upper Class

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What is the coolest thing about your house and community?

Being a part of the only apartment-style option for undergraduates on campus is pretty cool!  Apartment-style living offers residents a chance to develop independence in a space that also includes a supportive student staff and a vibrant community of fellow students.  Events in the house have historically been quite diverse; ask the residents to tell you more about “Mirrielees Market,” concert trips, study snacks, and Sunday brunches.  

Our house is meaningful to the Stanford community because…

We are the bridge between dorm life and apartment life.  Residents in Mirrielees get a chance to practice necessary Adulting skills (cooking, cleaning, budgeting for food and necessary household items, and so forth) while still being part of a genuine community.  We are also a refuge for students with less typical health and wellness needs; our staff is extra-vigilant about having low-allergen options at every food event and about making events inclusive of residents with a wide variety of accessibility needs.  Finally, the substance-free community provides a vital option for students looking for a place that allows them to support each other in lifestyle choices that matter very much to them. 


Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment

Acceptance into this housing option is contingent upon the completion of the pre-assignment application and the commitment on the part of applicants and their guests to agree to honor and adhere to the following Substance-Free Community Standards:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to live Substance-Free and actively promoting an environment based upon the respect and care for others who choose to live in this community.
  • Residents commit that they and their guests will not return to the community under the influence of, or having consumed or used alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances (or having misused legal substances or prescription drugs.)  
  • Each resident will contribute to establishing and shaping community norms and standards with the involvement of staff and other residents.
  • If, at any time, a resident feels he/she is no longer able to commit to this agreement, measures will be taken to voluntarily reassign the student to another residence hall, if one is available. (No guarantee of like space).
  • If a resident fails to adhere to these standards they will be reassigned to another residence hall (no guarantee of like space) and/or be removed from housing.

The primary responsibility for maintaining the Substance-Free Community will rest with the residents. Residential Education staff will participate in the community and will assist in upholding these standards and in developing this community. As with other university policies, residents are responsible for their guest's actions. Students who choose substance-free housing are committed to that choice and see it as important to their success and that of their fellow residents.

Tier Requirement

Pre-assignment to the Substance-Free Community REQUIRES the use of a TIER TWO housing choice.

Additional Requirements

Pre-assignment to Substance-Free will be open to any student, regardless of major, sophomore through senior, that demonstrates a strong commitment for living substance-free.

Requirements if Pre-Assigned

Pre-assigned students will be expected to complete the following:

  1. Residents will not be in possession of, use, or be under the influence of, alcohol, tobacco, or other illegal substances while within the residence. Nor will they misuse legal substances or prescription drugs.
  2. Residents will ensure that all guests adhere completely to the Substance-Free Community Standards.
  3. Residents will actively participate in creating and sustaining a Substance-Free Community.
  4. Residents will pitch, plan, produce, and execute an event for the Mirrielees community. The RFs and RAs will approve the event or activity and support the resident with resources, marketing, and running the event.

House Staff

Community Resident Assistant (RA)
: 13
Row Theme Resident Assistant (RA)
: 1