The Suites are composed of four apartment-style houses and are located in the west section of campus, near the golf course and the area known as Lake Lagunita. Consisting of 4 individual houses:
This area of campus houses upper-classmen in 4-room and 6-room configurations. Suites is the only campus residence that is set-up in this style with each unit consisting of a shared common area, shared bathrooms and individual rooms that are lockable. Communal kitchenettes and laundry rooms are found on the 1st floor of each building. Meals for the GovCo Suites are served in the Suites Dining Clubs: Avanti, Beefeater, Bollard and Middle Earth.
Suites (and Governor’s Corner Dining Societies) in Governor’s Corner opened for students in the winter of 1982 after extensive planning for various buildings began in 1978. This was an answer to a housing need for 800 new students. A committee made up of students, staff, and faculty wrote the program for this complex, describing what would go into the new spaces. In phases from 1982-1983, Stanford opened several structures—Independent Houses, Suites and Dining societies, the Elliott Program Center, and Sterling Quadrangle.The four residences are named after former Stanford academic leaders and faculty members: Melville Best Anderson, first head of English department; James Owen Griffin, invited by President Jordan to form the first faculty; Oliver Peebles Jenkins, first professor of Physiology, Zoology, and decided location for Hopkins Seaside lab; and Charles David Marx, first faculty in Civil Engineering, and also a Stanford University Vice President.
Outdoor House is located within Jenkins House. Please see link below for more information about the house and pre-assigning.
Resident Fellows for 2019-20
Jennyis proud to be the first in her family to go to college to attain a B.A. in Anthropology, with a Certificate in Applied Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Italian from California State University, Chico and an M.S. in Student Affairs and Higher Education at Indiana State University.
She has worked throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her background includes building a youth employment training program in Oakland, CA for probationers, foster, gang-affiliated and undocumented youth and building the foundation for an award-winning art career community at State University of New York (SUNY), Oswego. Currently, she is an Assistant Director of Career Catalysts at BEAM, Stanford Career Education where she helps students define and explore what meaningful work is for themselves.
She specifically serves first-generation and/or low-income students as well as the Asian Pacific Islander community at the intersections of identity and career development. She utilizes the Stanford Alumni Mentoring program to connect students with alumni with similar backgrounds and experiences. She considers herself as an orchestrator of opportunity by building strategic partnerships, developing tailored programming, and creating collaborative initiative to best serve students.
Resident Fellows for 2020-21
Rachel was born and raised in Northern California and headed to Southern California for undergrad at UC Irvine to work on a BA in Psychology and Social Behavior. While going to school, she worked full time in secondary schools with neurodiverse students on building social skills. Through that experience she decided to continue her education at Cal with a masters in social welfare and then UC Davis with a masters in public health. Rachel practiced as a clinician at Foothill College prior to shifting gears to student affairs at Stanford and has been here since Autumn 2012. Rachel first served as Assistant Dean of Students working on leadership development with student organizations, among many other things. In 2018, Rachel decided it was time to return to the work most important to her, direct support of students facing challenging circumstances, and joined the team of residence deans in early 2019. Along the way, Rachel also served as a Community Associate in Escondido Village (a lifetime ago, 2007-2009) and as the live-in residential director of High School Summer College (2009), community development experiences that leave her excited to enter this next phase as the RF for Suites and Outdoor House. Rachel is deeply committed to well-being and the full student experience, which starts with a sense of belonging in one’s residential space. She looks forward to engaging with residents in Suites and ODH over lunches in the dining societies and hosted dinners at her RF apartment.
When Rachel is not on campus, she is training adult athletes at a local triathlon club, running trails all over the bay, competing in endurance events and exploring new restaurants, wineries and breweries with her partner, Brian. Rachel also enjoys cycling, paddle boarding, back country skiing, camping, hiking and spending time with family, especially her newborn nephew.
Students assigned to the Suites are required to take a meal plan at one of the Dining Societies—Avanti, Beefeater, Bollard and Middle Earth. The Dining Societies are student-run organizations that offer the student eating plan and sponsor social activities. More information about the Dining Societies can be found here.
Groups of four or eight students will receive automatic priority to live in the four- or eight-person suites. Groups of three or six will get an automatic priority for six-person suites. At in-house draw in the spring, room selection is based on draw number, but priority goes to complete suites. Read more about Suites history here.
Eight Room Octuple Suites
There are only two sets of these suite types, one is found in Jenkins while the other may be found in Griffin.
Additional Community Information
What’s the coolest thing about your house and community?
The coolest thing about Suites is that residents here have both the autonomy and privacy of apartment style living as well as a private chef and kitchen like in a row house (and like row houses, we get to have Special Dinner!). People get to socialize in the dining clubs, but still retreat to their own private suite with their friends.
What qualities make a successful Suites staff member?
A house staff team member puts in the effort to get to know their residents and fellow staff, and can plan and program accordingly based on what people in the dorm want. They also follow through with their commitments and are reliable. Additionally, Successful house members usually have a good feel for what sorts of events cater towards the residents. Suites has a very distinct populations (it is most definitely is not a freshman dorm, nor a row house), and we have found that the best way to get residents involved and mingling are laid back casual events.
What’s your favorite event of tradition in your house?
The best tradition in Suites is Special Dinner, a quarterly event held in each of the dining societies. The chefs make awesome food (not that the food isn’t good the rest of the time), and there is usually a fun theme to which we decorate the dining clubs. It is definitely the best party of the quarter in Suites.