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Terra

House Description

Address: 
539 Cowell Ln, Stanford, CA 94305
Location: 
The Row
Complex: 
The Row
Housing Theme Type: 
Co-Ops
Theme Name: 
Co-Op
Independent Living (The Row): 
Co-ops
Preassignment: 
Yes

 

 

Photograph of staff during campus opening.

Terra is a 54-person co-op located in the Cowell Cluster.

We serve student-cooked dinner Sunday-Friday and have a well-stocked open kitchen that's conducive to amazing meals and delicious baked goods, any time of day. We host an all-campus party once a quarter and small weekly happy hours. Terra is the unofficial LGBTQ theme house, so usually around 50-60% of residents are LGBTQ-identified and many informal LGBTQ-Allied community events take place here. That said, Terra is one of campus' most ethnically and racially diverse residences. Residents bring a diverse set of experiences and interests to the house year after year, and amidst our numerous events, parties, jobs, meals, and get-togethers, the sense of community is tangible. As far as rooms go, Terra officially offers gender-neutral rooms and restrooms, and all residents live in identical two-room doubles.

Community Information

Residence Type: 
Co-Op

Exterior photograph of Terra.

General House Note

Gender-neutral rooms and restrooms are available within the house. 

Information Regarding Mail and Package Delivery

 Students living in Row Houses (Upper Row, Lower Row, Clusters 1, 2, or 3/Cowell) are strongly encouraged to follow the directions for the mail and package process provided on the Mail Delivery and Shipping page, as the PO Box address is each student’s official Stanford address and should be maintained during their entire undergraduate career.­ However, Row residents are also able to have mail packages delivered directly to their Row house by addressing mail and packages to the house's street address.­ Please be reminded that Student Housing/the University accepts no responsibility for packages sent to/delivered at individual residences.

Additional Community Information

What is the coolest thing about your house & community?

Terra is the officially unofficial queer house on campus, and we pride ourselves in fostering an inclusive space, especially for marginalized communities, that everyone can call home.

What makes a successful Terra staff member?

A successful Terran is willing to put in time into their community. This includes not only being responsible for keeping the house clean and functioning, but also going out of their comfort zone to learn new things and meet new people with backgrounds and identities you might not understand or have experienced before.

Our house is meaningful to the Stanford community because…

We’re here & we’re queer! And we want to support Stanford’s queer community beyond the walls of our home. This year we have started a series called Terra Bites, an event every other Friday for connecting and learning with the queer/trans community as well as for the community to introspect about itself to enable growth in the community.

 

Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment

Keith Haring inspired art piece.

Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment

Pre-assignment to Terra will be considered for students who fulfill the following conditions:

  1. Complete a house job. Email house staff to find a good time to complete a house job. Please note this typical of most co-op pre-assignment applications.
  2. Complete a house tour of Terra.
  3. Write a brief essay (see below).
  4. Attend a dinner at Terra. (Not required, but strongly recommended)

Requirements if Pre-Assigned

Terra is the unofficial queer and trans-themed co-op. We strive to foster a space that is safe for marginalised students. This translates to a commitment on the part of all students to participate in conversations on intersectional (i.e. converging on a variety of identities such as race, gender, ability, religion, class, etc.) issues. We welcome students of all backgrounds and familiarity with these topics, the only requirement is a willingness to engage and learn.

Additionally, Terra is a cooperative living community and as such all members of the house will be expected to participate in maintaining our home, through both house and kitchen jobs that will be completed on a regular basis. The job list looks as follows: 

  • 1 weekly kitchen job, either cooking dinner or cleaning after dinner
  • 2 bathroom cleans each quarter
  • 3 weekend jobs each quarter (either a bathroom clean, kitchen clean, or house clean)
  • 1 Friday kitchen job each quarter (either cook or hash)

 

Requirements for Residents of Terra

Terra is the unofficial queer and trans-themed co-op. We strive to foster a space that is safe for marginalised students. This translates to a commitment on the part of all students to participate in conversations on intersectional (i.e. converging on a variety of identities such as race, gender, ability, religion, class, etc.) issues. We welcome students of all backgrounds and familiarity with these topics, the only requirement is a willingness to engage and learn.

Additionally, Terra is a cooperative living community and as such all members of the house will be expected to participate in maintaining our home, through both house and kitchen jobs that will be completed on a regular basis. The job list looks as follows:

  1. Weekly kitchen job, either cooking dinner or cleaning after dinner
  2. Bathroom cleans each quarter
  3. Weekend jobs each quarter (either a bathroom clean, kitchen clean, or house clean)
  4. Friday kitchen job each quarter (either cook or hash)

House Staff

Resident Assistants (RA)
: 1
Community Manager (CM)
: 1
Co-op Manager
: 1
Financial Manager (FM)
: 1
Kitchen Manager (KM)
: 3
Resident Computing Consultant (RCC)
: 1