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Muwekma-Tah-Ruk

House Description

Address: 
543 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
Location: 
The Row
Complex: 
The Row
Housing Theme Type: 
Ethnic
Theme Name: 
Native American Focus
Preassignment: 
Yes

 

 

 

 

Photograph of staff during campus opening.

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 Lu‘au and 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 (https://nacc.stanford.edu/) 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

 

 

 

Photograph of Ray and Shoney Blake.

Ray and Shoney Blake serve as the Resident Fellows for Muwekma with their two sons, Kieran and Niall.

Ray is the Associate Head Coach for Stanford Wrestling. He wrestled for the Cardinal as a undergraduate, serving as a team captain his 5th year, before earning his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Political Science in 2006. When he can get out of the basement of the Arrillaga Family Sports Center, Ray enjoys going on walks around campus with Kieran and Niall and taking naps. Ray is from Chicago, Illinois, and likes to catch the White Sox when they come to town.

Shoney is also a Stanford alum, earning her B.A. in International Relations in 2006. While at Stanford, Shoney was active in Stanford’s Native American community, played varsity softball and sang for Everyday People. She earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago in 2009, and practiced as an attorney for Latham & Watkins LLP. In addition to her work as a litigator, Shoney provided pro bono legal assistant ranging from immigration issues for individual clients, 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 Native American alumni through programming and management of a Stanford-based alumni Facebook group, among other things. Shoney is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and, despite her strong allegiance to the Cardinal, still holds a special place in her heart for the Sooners. 

 

 

Community Information

Residence Type: 
Self-Op

Exterior photograph of Muwekma-Tah-Ruk.

Note: 

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; we’re a dry house. 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 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.

Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment

 

 

  • Pre-assignment to Muwekma REQUIRES the use of a Tier Three housing choice.
  • In addition to completing the application and answering the essay questions, you will be asked to interview with two of our Resident Assistants (RAs).

Requirements for Muwekma Pre-Assigned Residents

If pre-assigned to Muwekma, you must:

  1. Participate in a year-long community service project to be determined.  A final project will be due in Spring Quarter. Participation will likely amount to about 40 hours for the year.
  2. Help build the Muwekma community.
  3. Attend house meetings.
  4. Complete House Seminar in either fall or winter quarter.
  5. Complete 2 volunteer hours at Stanford Powwow and 2 volunteer hours at Stanford Lu’au during spring quarter.
  6. Hash once per quarter.
Requirements for Residents of Muwekma-Tah-Ruk
  1. Complete House Seminar either fall or winter quarter.
  2. Complete 2 volunteer hours at Stanford Powwow and 2 volunteer hours at Stanford Lu'au spring quarter.
  3. Hash once per quarter.

House Staff

Resident Assistants (RA)
: 3
Kitchen Manager (KM)
: 1
Financial Manager (FM)
: 1
Resident Computing Consultant (RCC)
: 1
Peer Health Educator (PHE)
: 1