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House Description

543 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
The Row
The Row
Housing Theme Type: 
Theme Name: 
Native American Focus

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Muwekma-Tah-Ruk was established in 1988 to celebrate the diversity of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander people. The name means “House of the People” in the language of the Muwekma Ohlone, the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Bay Area. Muwekma is the only ethnic theme house and the only four-class house on the Row, and also the only house on the Row that is home to Resident Fellows. The result is that Muwekma is a small, close-knit and welcoming community.

Muwekma residents take a credit-bearing seminar class either fall or winter quarter to explore significant cultural identity, legal, language, and land issues through speakers, discussions, and events. They also volunteer at Stanford Powwow. Additional theme programming presented in the house throughout the year is representative of indigenous cultures, histories, and current issues, and is intended to engage all students regardless of background and familiarity with the theme. 

Muwekma works closely with the Stanford American Indian Organization and the Native American Cultural Center to create opportunities for residents to engage with the greater Stanford Native American community, and frequently serves as a venue to co-sponsor and organize Native-themed programming and events.

Resident Fellows

Resident Fellow Names: 
Ray and Shoney Blake

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Ray and Shoney Blake  serve as the Resident Fellows for Muwekma with their three sons.

Ray is the Associate Head Coach for Stanford Wrestling. He wrestled for the Cardinal as an undergraduate, serving as a team captain his 5th year, before earning his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Political Science. 

Shoney is also a Stanford alum, earning her B.A. in International Relations. As an undergraduate, she was active in Stanford’s Native American community, played varsity softball, and sang in Everyday People. After earning her J.D. from the University of Chicago, she practiced law at Latham & Watkins LLP in the patent litigation group. In addition to her billable work, Shoney provided pro bono legal assistance ranging from immigration issues, including Violence Against Women Act, U visa, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and asylum applications, to corporate issues. During her time as a Resident Fellow, Shoney has acted as an Academic Advisor and increased outreach to Indigenous alumni through programming and management of an alumni Facebook group, among other things. Shoney is a recipient of the Anne Ninham Medicine Mentorship Award and the Stanford Associates Award of Merit. 

Community Information

Residence Type: 

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Singles are for house staff only. 

Information Regarding Mail and Package Delivery

Students living in Row Houses (Upper Row, Lower Row, Clusters 1, 2, or 3/Cowell) are strongly encouraged to follow the directions for the mail and package process provided on the Mail Delivery and Shipping page, as the PO Box address is each student’s official Stanford address and should be maintained during their entire undergraduate career.­ However, Row residents are also able to have mail packages delivered directly to their Row house by addressing mail and packages to the house's street address.­ Please be reminded that Student Housing/the University accepts no responsibility for packages sent to/delivered at individual residences.


Additional Community Information

What’s the coolest thing about your house and community?

Muwekma is special in many ways: we have the only freshmen on the row; we have the only RFs (and children) on the row; we have a Native American focus. However, we think the coolest thing about our community is that, despite our residents’ diverse backgrounds and life experiences, our small house allows us to create an incredibly tight-knit, open and supportive environment. In fact, those backgrounds and life experiences enhance the sense of family that permeates the house.

What qualities make a successful  Muwekma staff team member? 

In addition to the requirements for a staff member at any residence (e.g., being present, having good social and communication skills and being adaptable), Muwekma’s relationship with Stanford’s Native American community and the greater Native American community, its role as a transition for some students from reservation to university life and its purpose in fostering greater understanding among Native and non-Native residents, students and communities require that staff be sensitive to the house theme and interested in learning from others’ experiences.

What’s your favorite event or tradition in your house? 

We love our Native theme-activities such as house seminar, the Alcatraz sunrise ceremony on Indigenous People’s Day and eating fry bread for any reason, but we also love our non-theme activities which include playing volleyball on our sand volleyball court, our annual Spring Quarter Naming Day Party and special dinners.

Additional Information Related to Selection in Muwekma

What is Muwekma’s selection process?

Here’s a general outline of Muwekma’s process:

  1. Review applications. Recommendations from supervisors or individuals in similar roles (e.g., RFs, advisors, professional staff) are very much appreciated.
  2. Send interview invitations.
  3. Conduct interviews. Interviews are conducted by RFs, current staff in the role(s) you have applied for, and other staff that are available. Interviews for non-RA roles are typically 30 minutes. Interviews for RA roles are typically 45 minutes. If you are invited to interview for more than one role, you should expect to interview for at least 45 minutes.
  4. Submit rankings.
  5. ResEd announces placements.
  6. Note: Muwekma has only one individual interview, so there can be quite a long time between your interview and your placement announcement. Unless there is an unforeseen change in staffing expectations, you won't hear from us during that time. That is not a reflection of the quality of your interview! 

What does staffing at Muwekma look like?

Staffing begins in Spring Quarter! After placements are announced, the RA leading the pre-assigned program will meet with the RFs to plan the pre-assignment program and process. This RA is expected to run, with the RFs, the pre-assignment open house at Muwekma and an information session at the Native American Cultural Center and interview, with the RFs, pre-assignment applicants. Dates and times for these events are primarily determined by the RA and RFs’ availability during the pre-assignment period. The schedule for this year’s pre-assignment period can be found here.   

All staff are expected to attend in-house draw training and in-house draw (both in May) and to take classes and attend training as required by the University.

Because some planning for staff training and New Student Orientation takes place over the summer, staff are expected to be responsive to emails and Slack messages during this time. Ideally, your RFs won’t need to start summer correspondence until after we get our freshmen roster in August. 

School year expectations, include:

  • Guiding your freshmen through New Student Orientation.
  • Attending weekly staff and house meetings. House meetings are at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Staff meeting times are determined quarterly based on staff members’ schedules, which has typically meant late evening. 
  • Hosting two nights of on call per quarter for non-RA staff and four, possibly five, nights of on call per quarter for RAs.
  • Planning at least one non-staff role dorm event per quarter. This can be as big as planning an outing to Yosemite or as small as hosting a ping pong tournament in the lounge. It does not include teaching house seminar or CS 1C or hosting a hashing training.
  • Helping to interview and select staff for the next school year.
  • Staying through graduation to close the house for the summer.
  • Completing requirements expected of all Muwekma residents (i.e., house seminar, volunteering, hashing).

Two of our RAs will co-lead Muwekma's house seminar, a weekly one-hour class on indigenous issues, during Fall and Winter Quarters. These RAs are also expected to make sure our residents complete their volunteering hours during Spring Quarter.

Beyond these discrete tasks, staff are expected to function as a team. This means that we help each other set up and clean up, we attend each others events, and we step up when others can’t or need to step back.

Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment

  • Pre-assignment to Muwekma REQUIRES the use of a TIER THREE housing choice.
  • In addition to answering the essay questions below, you may be asked to interview with our pre-assignment staff. Please note that both pre-assignment and residence in Muwekma come with certain requirements. We appreciate your time and interest in Muwekma.

Requirements for Muwekma Pre-Assigned Residents

If pre-assigned to Muwekma, you must:

  1. Present and share cultural foods, teachings, or traditions once during the quarter. ETAs will help develop your presentation. Presentations will occur once per week.
  2. Listen to and engage with other preassigned students’ presentations. 
  3. Help build the Muwekma community.
  4. Attend house meetings.
  5. Complete House Seminar.
Requirements for Residents of Muwekma-Tah-Ruk
  1. Complete House Seminar.
  2. Help build the Muwekma community.

House Staff

Community Resident Assistant (RA)
: 2
Ethnic Theme Associate (ETA)
: 3
Row Financial Resident Assistant (RA)
: 1
Row Kitchen Resident Assistant (RA)
: 1