Soto 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, Soto has seven student staff members, all of which are available to the 85 freshmen residents who reside there. Soto is located at the northeast corner of Wilbur Hall.
Many in-dorm activities and “off-the-farm” events are planned throughout the year for both intellectual and recreational purposes.
What’s the coolest thing about your house and community?
We plan to foster teamwork among staff members, which will then translate into a sense of engagement, and community among Soto residents. We want Soto to be known as a close-knit community where residents look out for one another. Our six staff members have fostered an atmosphere for our residents that has made this building the next-best-thing to being at home. Our lounge is like the “family room” of our dorm – residents are always present studying, helping each other with homework, playing pool or ping pong, and just hanging out together. Soto is a close-knit community where residents look out for one another.
What qualities make a successful Soto staff team member?
Likely Soto staff members are mature, secure, flexible people who are willing to put their own interests aside for the greater good of the team and the health of the house, and who are committed to building a sense of community within Soto house through a mix of informal fun and planned, intentional programming. Staff members should be enthusiastic about initiating and leading activities for the house. They should help the frosh build a community rather than hoping to relive their own freshman year. They should be willing and able to engage in self-reflection; listen to and apply constructive feedback from residents, fellow staff, and the RFs; make mature and difficult decisions that support the house values; enjoy getting to know the students in the house in meaningful ways; and be willing to communicate openly, honestly, and frequently with RFs and other staff.
What’s your favorite event or tradition in your house?
We would love to have a staff that challenges “traditions” such as snow trip and large parties and is willing to consider activities that engender community in more daily ways, punctuated with interesting, bigger events. We enjoy the comaraderie of sharing routine meals and conversations in the dining hall with our residents and having residents in the RF cottage to cook, converse, do crafts, or play games. We also enjoy participating in events that celebrate who people are and who they want to be, experiencing the outdoors and cultural events, and engaging in conversations and actions that address social and political issues of the day.