Yost House, situated in a serene, open space of West Campus near Lake Lag, is home to 60 upper class students. We’re lucky to be close to exciting campus facilities like the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (AOERC), the O’Donohue Family Farm, and the Windhover Contemplative Center. In Yost itself, we are lucky to have an open kitchen and in-house meal plan, as well as many balconies and decks for outdoor recreation. As a community, we strive for a caring, open, comfortable and inclusive environment.
As educators we envision the dorm taking shape as a learning community in the broadest sense--including directing intellectual activities, working through life's challenges, celebrating together our successes, fostering positive social interactions and communication, and the sharing of diverse cultural, philosophical, and academic perspectives.
On-going highlights of our house include "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" Small group faculty dinner series, hosted by RFs where residents have the opportunity to dine and interact with Stanford alums who have pursued their passions to become successful musicians, writers, physicians, engineers, athletes, venture capitalists, philanthropists, politicians, lawyers, and professors. Our guests have included Srinija Srinivasan (helped to launch Yahoo!), Dave Lyons (collaborated to build Tesla as head engineer), Cliff Goldmacher (noted musician, songwriter and producer), Bernard Muir (Director of Stanford Athletics), David Hornik (partner, August Capital) and many more outstanding guests.
Our student staff runs weekly house meetings, really more a combination study break, fun summer activities, and delicious snacks.
Jin and Ira are Bay Area enthusiasts and long-time residents. Jin’s family moved to the region soon after they immigrated to the United States from Korea when Jin was eight years old. In 1986 Ira moved west from Memphis, Tennessee, to begin his undergraduate program at Stanford. 24 years and 3 Stanford degrees later, he now considers himself a local.
Jin and Ira have two young, active, and curious children. Rachel Minjae (9) is a budding artist or doctor or veterinarian or teacher… She’s fond of art, reading, and gymnastics. She also loves musicals; Annie, Wicked and The Sound of Music are some of her current favorites. Joseph Qyutae (7) loves to be active and silly. He’s fond of swimming, sledding, cartwheels, and all things mechanical. He also enjoys music and singing. We all look forward to the experience of living in a vibrant, engaging, supportive, and diverse community setting.
Jin and Ira are both life-long educators. Jin is a Nationally Board Certified elementary teacher and curriculum specialist. She spent much of her career teaching first grade, though she now works as a kindergarten teacher and math resource teacher, supporting both students and teachers in local schools. Ira is a member of the faculty of Stanford’s School of Education, where he also serves as the director of STEP Elementary. Ira’s primary academic interests include the design and effectiveness of teacher preparation programs, and exploring the experiences of children often marginalized in the school setting.
Our family has many outside interests as well. We think that a healthy, well-balance life style is important (and one day we’ll achieve it!). We try to be conscious of nutrition and exercise. We run/play sports (Ira), yoga/walk (Jin), and garden (both). We love to cook and share food. We also do our best to take advantage of all that Stanford and the Bay Area have to offer: an immense and rich cultural, social, intellectual, and aesthetic playground begging for exploration!
We are also strongly connected to the local community in many respects—the broader Stanford community, the education community, and, of course, our own personal network of friends and colleagues. We would love to tap into that community of educators, policy-makers, athletes, financiers, technological innovators, venture capitalists, public servants, artists, parents, and more, and hope to provide some terrific opportunities to expose residents to a broad array of folks working in various fields and professions.
Yost offers an opportunity for every student to get to know fellow residents in a small, friendly, and cozy setting with an in-house dining plan and easy access to the gym.
Because of our small size, we are able to plan events that fit our residents. Such events range from cooking workshops to yoga classes to Warriors games to backyard barbecues to dinners with superstar guests.
Yost is an engaging and interactive house with a great vibe.
What’s the coolest thing about your house and community?
We are a small house where people get to know one another quickly and informally. Because of this fast bonding, there is always something happening. Residents enjoy cooking in the open kitchen or lounging on the balconies in the sun, and the dining room is a great place for late-night study groups and game nights.
What qualities make a successful Yost staff team member?
Successful Yost staff members are committed, diligent, organized, hard-working, enthusiastic individuals who communicate openly and effectively. Our small staff requires collaboration, creativity, open-mindedness, an enthusiasm for meeting and working with diverse people -- and a great sense of humor and enthusiasm for the joys of playfulness and connectivity.
What’s your favorite event or tradition in your house?
We have a tradition of engaging weekly house gatherings -- rather than house meetings. These regular community events+study breaks always feature great food and fun and engaging, often silly, activities. It’s a great opportunity to break out the arts and crafts or throwback to elementary school with a game of Twister or Pictionary. “Yost Dines Out” is another popular activity where the staff takes small groups of residents off campus for dinner.