Rinconada is an all-freshman dorm located on the east side of campus, in the community of dormitories known together as Wilbur Hall.
The house is comprised of one-room doubles, with one-room singles available under special condition. In addition to two Resident Fellows, Rinconada has six student staff members, all of which are available to the 85 freshmen residents who reside there. Rinconada is located at the northwest corner of Wilbur Hall.
Many in-dorm activities and “off-the-farm” events are planned throughout the year for both intellectual and recreational purposes.
Amy Larimer, M.Arch., is an award-winning artist, designer, and Assistant Director of Stanford Architecture. Her programmatic contributions to the program include visioning, branding, strategic planning, mentoring, curricular development, and community building. Amy teaches Portfolio Design, Design Studio, Making Meaning: A Purposeful Life in Design, and the Psychology of Architecture (co-taught with Drew!). Amy is also founding faculty of the summer creative program partnering Stanford and Phillips-Exeter Academy, where she teaches, advises, mentors, and serves as dorm faculty. Prior to being at Stanford, Amy taught at California College of the Arts (CCA) and was the principal of the design firm Larimer + Bernheim. You can see one of her sculptures on campus in the courtyard of Schwab Residential Center.
Drew Krafcik, Ph.D., just left an Assistant Professor faculty position in the Counseling Department at Saint Mary’s College of California to come to Stanford! At Saint Mary’s, Drew taught Human Development, Advanced Clinical Practice, Counseling Older Adults and Their Families, and Counseling Field Experience Seminars. He was chair of the school wide Academic Policies Committee (APC), a member of the campus Committee on Teaching and Scholarship (CTS), and Interim Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy/Professional Clinical Counselor Program. Drew's professional work during the last 18 years has also included being a spiritual care coordinator and chaplain for hospice; a counselor and mentor for adolescents and young adults; an associate director of youth and family programs; a counselor in community nonprofits and private practice; and a consultant for undergraduate programs student wellness and community. His most recent publication is a book chapter on experiential transformative learning, due out in October of 2016.
What’s the coolest thing about your house and community?
Close-knit, community focused, everyone feels they have a home here.
What qualities make a successful Rinconada staff team member?
Open, hardworking, flexible, dedicated, playful, engaged, cares deeply about the well-being of the residents.
For Student Staff Applicants
We know your life is so full…what an honor to have you consider RINC as a possibility for staffing! For us, being RF’s is a deep privilege and building community with our staff is a tremendous blessing. The values we cultivate together and live into with our amazing residents is what truly makes RINC a loving, inclusive home.
We wish you all the best in the selection process and hope our reflections below help you discern if our community seems like a good fit for your life and what you wish for your staffing experience!
RINC Staffing Reflections
- Being a RINC student staff member is centered around wholehearted and sincere care for residents, one another, and ourselves. We value student staff who appreciate and enjoy the day-to-day, one-on-one, and small group connections with residents more than planning large group outings (though we celebrate and support staff in creating meaningful programs)! Each year affords the opportunity to co-create and embody house values that celebrate the beautiful RINC community.
- On-call responsibilities shift from year to year and staff to staff for us. We build our structure with the desires and needs of each staff member in mind, so we'd love to hear about your thoughts or expectations around being on-call, for example, rather than dictate it first.
- We don't have requirements for partnership with special programs or campus partners because we don't have a pre-assignment program, Graduate Fellow, or a DormGov. We value engaging and challenging the ways unconscious hierarchy, toxic competition, and needless busyness can consume our energy and take away the chance to genuinely connect with one another and ourselves.
- Though it's important to be mindful of the way you may consume alcohol or other substances as a role model in our community, we trust you to exercise good judgement more than we feel the need to clearly set expectations around how you may (or may not) engage with substance use in your life.
- It is an expectation to attend all weekly staff and house meetings and be mindful while doing so. We also appreciate meeting with you at least once a quarter 1:1 to connect and collaborate about how you're managing your role. We want this to be a meaningful and rewarding experience for you and for the amazing people at RINC!
RINC Selection Reflections
- We appreciate (but don't require) that our applicants have recommendations. We value learning some about you from the perspective of others that you’ve offered to share with us. Honestly, we would be honored to hear from those in your life who can speak to who you are as a real person, at a deeper level, regardless of their affiliation with Stanford or faculty status. People who have seen you in a leadership or mentorship positions are helpful, too, as they can speak to relevant staff-related skills.
- You don’t have to come to an open house event or attend any programs in our community before applying to staff. Instead, hearing about why you are genuinely interested in RINC would be awesome.
- Our hope is that from the beginning we can mutually respect each others’ time. In this way, please apply only to the positions that you are most excited about! We also don’t have any supplemental questions to answer.
- Our interview process is relaxed, casual and conversational. It unfolds over two rounds. The first round will begin on or around January 26thwith individual interviews at our cottage. The second round will likely begin on or around February 9thwith group interviews.