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Wilbur: Trancos

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


Trancos is one of the eight dorms in Wilbur Hall on the eastside of campus. 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
  • a pool table
  • kitchen
  • computer room.

We are right beside Wilbur dining, which needless to say, has the best food on campus.

Resident Fellows

Photograph of Trancos Resident Fellow.

When Emelyn dela Peña, Ed.D. first applied to be a Resident Advisor as a junior in college, little did she know it would be the start of her 25+ year career in Student Affairs.  Since that time, she has held various positions at six different institutions, starting her professional career as a Residence Hall Coordinator for a Living Learning Center at San Diego State University and now serving as Associate Vice Provost for Inclusion, Community and Integrative Learning at Stanford. Previously, Emelyn was Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Washington University in St. Louis, served as the inaugural Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Harvard College, and was a Campus Diversity Officer and Director of The Women’s Center at the University of California, San Diego.

Emelyn’s career has focused on equity, inclusion, and social justice issues, with particular attention to serving the needs of underrepresented and minoritized students. She has presented and taught nationally on social justice, gender, and diversity issues and has co-authored several book chapters regarding gender, leadership, and social justice. Emelyn brings an intersectional approach to diversity and social justice work and is particularly influenced by the third space theory and practice of queer women of color. She is known for her trusting relationships with students, advocacy for the needs of the most marginalized communities, commitment to fostering learning everywhere students interact, and her command of the current scholarship on equity and inclusion.  

Emelyn holds a Doctor of Education from a joint University of California, San Diego, San Diego State University, and California State University, San Marcos program. She earned a Master of Arts in Postsecondary Educational Leadership from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies with an area focus in Black American Music from the University of California, San Diego.

A native of southern California, Emelyn and her dog Jimmy Choo now call Stanford home. You’ll find her and Jimmy Choo walking around Wilbur Hall in the early mornings and late evenings. If you look up into the window of the home office, you may notice her collection of yarn, fantasy and sci-fi books, and various posters from years of San Diego Comic-Con.

Exterior photo of Trancos.