Trancos is one of the eight dorms in Wilbur Hall on the eastside of campus. It is home to 78 residents and 5 staff members: 4 RAs and 1 RCC.
The dorm includes several common areas: a lounge (with a baby grand piano, a large flat screen TV, a ping pong table, a foosball table, and a pool table), kitchen, and computer room. We are right beside Wilbur dining, which needless to say, has the best food on campus.
Lourdes has worked at Stanford University for over 15 years in various capacities and loves developing relationships with students. She worked in Undergraduate Advising & Research (UAR) as the Director of Academic Policy and Support for over 8 years, as the Director of the Leland Scholars Program (LSP) for 3 years.Lourdes now works as the Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion in the School of Engineering where she gets to focus on developing programs and experiences to help graduate and undergraduate students who wish to be engineers thrive at Stanford. Alex is the Economic Development Director for a nearby municipality and is responsible for the economic development strategy which includes working with residents and the corporate community to expand local business opportunities, create jobs, ensure a healthy local economy to design and build a great community and a better place to live.
Lourdes, Mateo and Alex enjoy partaking in cultural activities and enjoying the cuisine from all over the world that can be found in the Bay Area. They can often be found hiking or exploring the outdoors. Before becoming parents, Alex and Lourdes had a “dare-devil’ streak that took them to explore cool locales (near and far), skydiving, white water rafting, roller coasters, and mosh pits at music shows. They are excited to work alongside students and community partners on issues related to Equity & Social Justice.
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In 2017-18, Trancos launched an equity and social justice initiative. We are happy to honor and complement the work that has been done by students and campus partners throughout the years to address issues of inequality. During our second year, we focused on listening, and engaging with residents and students to better understand what types of issues were important to them. We found a very active campus community with diverse interests in multiple areas, but all were highly committed to effecting positive change.
In addition, Trancos is one of the dorms with a dedicated Graduate Fellow to help with the development of the equity and social justice programming and activities.
In addition to issues related to equity and social justice, we also value wellness, radical self-care, compassion, and prioritize mental health in a high-stress academic setting and an unstable global environment. While many of these topics and conversations can be difficult, we invite students from all backgrounds and ideologies to take part of this community. We are not seeking to build consensus, but to help develop groups of people willing to look critically at themselves, systems, and institutions and the roles each play in society.
We are also committed to creating a caring and fun environment that residents will be happy to call home. We encourage lively conversations around the dinner table with delicious food. We also believe in fostering closer connections with the world outside of Stanford by taking frequent excursions off the Farm, but also by bringing unique and interesting persons to our community. We look forward to working with the unique skills, traits, and talents from a diverse group of RA’s to create an unforgettable experience for everyone in Trancos.