It brings great honor to residents of Sally Ride House, formerly known as Serra House, to be named after a Stanford alumna and the first American woman in space. Sally Ride earned four Stanford degrees and then went on to work at the absolute top of a pioneering field, representing her country, despite biases in the field against her identities. She continuously paved the way for other girls to do the same. Her doing so, while carrying the identities of an LGBTQ+ woman, is core to the energy of Sally Ride House. We proudly celebrate diversity of identities and encourage the work of all residents who seek to pioneer and improve opportunity for others.
Sally Ride residents form strong bonds of friendship and support each other in an open and safe community. This past year house frosh have participate in robust and diverse programming: biquarterly Culture and Community Cook Nights, Book Club, Virtual Reality x Music workshop, Childish Gambino Concert, and a Warriors Game. Additionally, Ride House has traditionally gone rafting on the American River for the last five years.
Michelle Reininger is an Assistant Professor (Research) and the co-director of the IES-funded Stanford Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Quantitative Education Policy Analysis. After nearly a decade, Reininger recently stepped down as the Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) allowing her to return to research and teaching. Her research has focused largely on the dynamics of teacher labor markets including preparation, recruitment, and retention. She is currently involved in multiple studies of the preparation and early career paths of teachers in the Chicago Public School system. Her work has been funded by the American Education Research Association, the Joyce Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. A former chemistry teacher, Reininger received her PhD in the economics of education and an MA in economics from Stanford University and an MA in education policy from the University of Virginia. She is also the Resident Fellow in the Sally Ride house, an all frosh residence at Stanford.
Adam Berkelhamer is the principal of Berkelhamer Architects: a design focused architecture practice with an emphasis on modern residential design. His most recently completed project is the 22-story Sono East Residential Tower in Chicago. Sono East has 324 Residential apartments, ground floor retail and a 209 car parking garage. Adam's 17-year architecture career includes opportunities with two highly respected architecture firms.
As a principal at Booth Hansen, he led the design effort for several towers including AIA Chicago recognized 30 West Oak. Adam worked directly with world famous architect Santiago Calatrava in his Swiss office assisting with the implementation of several European high speed rail stations and bridges.
Today, Berkelhamer Architects is developing a variety of new single family and multi-family residential projects in Chicago and Phoenix from the California studio. When not designing buildings, Adam loves enjoying outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, tennis, and biking. He has a soft spot for food and loves finding new restaurants. He takes immense pleasure spending time with Michelle and their two boys.
What's the coolest thing about your house and community?
Sally Ride is an incredibly tight-knit community which sincerely values respect and collaboration between residents. Riders love to challenge themselves, learn from their mistakes, and support each other through the ups and downs which every freshman year brings. Riders also love to support each other at events, whether at the Stanford farm, football games, choir performances, or performing at café nights each quarter.
What qualities make a successful Sally Ride staff team member?
Successful Ride staff are authentic, cooperative, and understanding. Someone who feels comfortable communicating honestly and frankly both amongst the staff team and in the dorm community will thrive in Sally Ride. Most of all they just need to be someone who is friendly and approachable to all.
What’s your favorite event or tradition in your house?
Ride has always been a house with a very close community, evident from our intense pool and ping pong matches to weekly movie nights. Our favorite tradition though has to be Sally Ride’s quarterly Café Nights, where we turn the lounge into our own little coffee shop and have the residents showcase their many talents for the whole dorm to appreciate. Spoken word, acoustic guitar, dance, and even a magic show have found their way into the Ride lounge to roaring applause (and sometimes tears of joy) from the entire dorm. A close second is our annual “Ride the Rapids” rafting trip.