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Wilbur West, 610 Mayfield, Chi Omega, Enchanted Broccoli Forest, Jerry, Narnia, and apartments in Mirrielees and EVGR-A


Soto is an all-freshman dorm located on the east side of campus, in the community of dormitories known together as Wilbur Hall.The house is comprised of one-room doubles, with one-room singles available under special condition. In addition to two Resident Fellows (RFs), Soto has six student staff members. Many in-dorm activities and “off-the-farm” events are planned throughout the year for both intellectual and recreational purposes.

Resident Fellows

Photograph of Soto Resident Fellow family.

Karen Hirsch is a neurocritical care physician who divides her time between clinical care in the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit, research on cardiac arrest and severe traumatic brain injury, and administration. Growing up with professors for parents, being a part of an academic ecosystem has long been a key component of her identity. Karen and Tony met as undergraduates at Johns Hopkins University. They were both college athletes (soccer and water polo) and Karen majored in Neuroscience and Mathematics. After attending medical school at Stanford, Karen trained in Neurology at Johns Hopkins and Neurocritical Care at UCSF. She joined the faculty at Stanford in Neurology and Neurosurgery in 2012. Karen views the innovative collaborative spirit of Stanford as one of the greatest benefits of working here. In addition to her academic work, she enjoys raising her two children, taking advantage of the California climate by being active outdoors, and supporting Stanford clubs and sports. 

Tony Forte, a Bay Area native, has a background in finance and works in clean tech. He has spent time on both coasts, first in Baltimore as an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins where he majored in economics, and then in New York working as an investment banker.  He eventually returned to California and completed an MBA from the University of Southern California. He has been back in the Bay Area since 2010, holding a variety of positions at clean technology companies focused on solar and battery storage projects. While not working on transitioning the world to sustainable energy, he enjoys spending time with Karen and their two kids, traveling and eating in new places, being in the mountains, cooking and a good bowl of ramen. 

As RFs, we enjoy working together with staff and residents to build a shared inclusive community. College is a time to grow and learn, and our goal is to foster an environment that supports that process. 

Exterior photograph of Soto.