Robinson House is an all upper-class dorm located in Sterling Quad.
In general, Robinson tends to be studious and quiet, and our residents appreciate an atmosphere created by a mutual respect in regards to personal space and noise levels.
Despite its quiet nature, however, residents enjoy a vibrant and engaging community thanks to ongoing dorm activities, BBQs, and educational programming that centers on music, photography, and literature. Robinson House primarily consists of singles and single-room doubles, and the dorm has four coed-floors.
Outside of special events in the dorm, students enjoy eating the wonderful meals prepared in Ricker Dining or watching TV on our 60” flat screen in our lounge.
Brian is the Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business. He has been at Stanford since 2002. His research examines social justice issues, with a focus on the psychological experience of inequality. He also examines features of individuals’ social experience that give rise the feeling that life is meaningful. He teaches about the functioning of groups and teams, and leadership. He courses typically take an experiential approach to education. Brian received his BS in psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his PhD in social psychology from UCLA.
Cynthia works at the biotech and pharmaceutical company Genentech-Roche as the head of human resources for research and early development. She has worked in HR for a variety of companies and industries, and relocated to San Francisco in 2002 to work as the head of HR for the San Francisco Chronicle. Prior to relocating to San Francisco, Cynthia lived in Phoenix, AZ for six years. She holds a BS in finance and Spanish from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI; a master's in international management from Thunderbird in Phoenix, AZ; and a JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Cynthia is also a licensed attorney in California.
What’s the coolest thing about your house and community?
Robinson’s upperclassman diversity allows for many different types of residents to live, learn and enjoy each other. In a way, Robinson is sort of like a melting pot of residents that either by choice or not by choice, ended up in a house with incredibly excited and engaged RFs and staff members. Many of the good friendships that have developed have been between draw groups that had never met before, and we are incredibly proud of that! The pool and ping pong tables and balconies are also pretty nice, and the RFs have a wonderfully lovable dog and cat! We also have amazing balconies with hammocks and the staff supplies the dorm with food once a week for study breaks. Robinson also has an Annual Disneyland trip!
What qualities make a successful Robinson staff team member?
I think one quality that has so far been necessary for success is adaptability. Trying to generalize the dorm’s residents in a certain category would be impossible. So, a Robinson staff member needs to be willing to step out of his/her comfort zone as well as temp people into entering his, in order to bond and connect with as many residents as possible. Also, many residents that come into Robinson have a predetermined idea that in upperclassman dorms, RAs are just there, and being interactive and proactive are very valuable qualities as well. The Robinson RAs are genuinely caring and have a great sense of humor!
What’s your favorite event or tradition in your house?
Robinson has amazing brunches and barbecues. It’s a great way to meet other residents, bond with staff members, and get to know fellow residents even better, not to mention the delicious food offerings and wonderful timing since Ricker is not open on Saturdays! Robinson staff members also host movie watching events while on call, and we have gotten a good number of residents to join in and relax, and hang out whenever they feel the need to do so. Robinson also have great hall dinners and the RFs have snacks every night during exam week.