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House Description

326 Santa Teresa Stanford, CA 94305
West Campus
Lagunita Court

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West Lag has a strong sense of history, community, and tradition. Our family atmosphere recognizes individual differences and diverse backgrounds and encourages you to handle the stresses of college life constructively. We want you to have fun while you learn, and we’ll offer organized events and programs both on and off campus such as visiting faculty, panel discussions, artistic performances, and cooking and movie nights.

Lagunita (Spanish for “little lake,” although the nearby lake has been dry for years) is one of the oldest campus residences, built in the1930. Many consider Lagunita Court one of the most attractive dorm complexes on campus, mixing Romanesque, Spanish Colonial, and Spanish Mission architecture, with a central courtyard ringed by California live oaks.  We share the courtyard with five other dorms: Meier and Naranja (Spanish for “orange”), Ujamaa, home of the African-American theme program, Norcliffe and Adelfa (oleander).  In West Lag we have two houses, named to evoke the natural setting: Eucalipto (eucalyptus) and Granada (pomegranate).  Nearby is a gym with a climbing wall, swimming pool and basketball courts, a large field for soccer and frisbee, the Roble arts gym with rehearsal and performance space and the Windover contemplation center for when you need a quiet moment.

As RFs we’re both passionate about education and learning especially when it comes to college students!  We have two young sons: Luke (9) and Ryan (6) - Luke is into baseball, basketball, board games and reading and inexplicably, despite never having lived there, his favorite football team is the Denver Broncos. Ryan is our little trickster who loves puzzles, LEGOs and Harry Potter and he REALLY loves the Golden State Warriors.

Resident Fellows

Resident Fellow Names: 
Anne Dowd-Boswell and Nate Boswell

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Nate is a staff member of Student Affairs. After graduating from Stanford in 1999 he helped found College, an online business focused on supporting and connecting college students. In 2001, Nate returned to Stanford to work in financial management in Residential Education and Student Affairs. Since then he has held numerous positions in ResEd and now serves on the leadership team for the department while overseeing the Row Student Management program and Student managed Dining along with aspects of departmental operations, administration and accounting.  He earned a BA in history and an MA in higher education from Stanford.  Recent areas of service include work on the Student Affairs Cabinet, the Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing (APIRL), the Board on Judicial Affairs (BJA), and Stanford’s Task Force on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices.  In 2015, Nate received the Margaret Ann Fidler award for distinguished service in Student Affairs.

Anne is a founding staff member of Athena Academy, a nonprofit private school in Palo Alto devoted to educating bright dyslexic learners; she currently serves the school as the director of admissions and outreach. Anne and her team focus on stretching the boundaries of dyslexia education by using cutting edge visual special teaching methods and social emotional learning techniques informed by the latest brain research to develop Athena’s gifted students. Prior to her role at Athena, Anne served Stanford as residence dean in Residential Education and assistant dean in the Graduate Life Office over a span of 13 years. As an undergraduate, Anne attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and has master’s degrees in higher education and counseling, both from Santa Clara University. A devoted mom, avid traveler, and student of world culture, Anne tries to take at least one international trip a year and has sailed as a staff member twice with Semester at Sea.

Community Information

Residence Type: 
Upper Class and Four Class

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General Note About West Lagunita

Eucalipto and Granada are Four Class. 

Additional Community Information

We’ll be entering our third year as RFs at West Lag next fall and we have both worked at Stanford on and off for many years.  We love the energy and engagement that comes from a frosh dorm, and are eager to combine it with the relaxed experience that comes from upperclass students. Staffing in West Lag will be a chance to continue to build on new traditions while embracing the traditions that came before us!

What events, programs or traditions best exemplify your house culture?

Cooking nights, movie nights, game nights, great performances in SF or San Jose, dinners and discussions in the RF apartment – anything is fair game in West Lag! We are excited to be engaged in our residents' lives – getting to know them, supporting  them both academically and in the extracurricular realm.

What do staff members learn being on a team in your house?

We really value a tightly knit, supportive and playful working relationship among the team members. Ideally, staff will get hands-on experience creating a positive culture, building a strong community, connecting deeply with residents and one another while holding appropriate boundaries, giving and taking leadership roles dynamically, and making West Lag a ‘secure base’ and ‘brave space’ for every resident.

House Staff

Community Resident Assistant (RA)
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