As student representatives, we seek to center student voices in everything we do. When we ran for ASSU Executive President and Vice President last spring, it was with three collective years of experience in working with administrators between the two of us. In so many of our meetings, we saw over and over that most University committees were content to do the bare minimum—if they had students on their committee their input would be considered, and if we were really lucky, the ASSU leadership would also be given an opportunity to provide input. We ran for our ASSU executive positions to counter this practice, and ensure that more student voice is heard than just ours as critical decisions are made. While many committees continue to struggle with this, ResX is one of three committees that’s gone above and beyond any other committees we’ve ever worked before.
Monied clusters of Greek organizations, geographically segregated ethnic houses, and nepotistic, thematically-lifeless Row houses plague Stanford’s housing system, bemoan University administrators. Stanford has consequently adopted the belief that a vast overhaul of campus housing is the cure-all for these ills: the University’s ResX Task Force — a branch of Residential Education (ResEd), has recently been discussing what they call “the ideal neighborhood concept.” Substantive details on this proposed housing restructure are scarce. Nonetheless, we believe it would be useful to infer what the consequences of such systematic changes might be.
The ASSU also noted that it would be hosting a Town Hall with the Undergraduate Senate on Jan. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in White Plaza.
On Dec. 21, the ResX task force submitted to Provost Persis Drell its recommendations on plans to shape Stanford’s residential living system.
On Thursday night, the University sent an email update on the progress of the Task Force, noting that it is “shifting away from information gathering to fully focus on articulating [its] recommendations.”
After years of being paid less than their Resident Assistant (RA) counterparts, Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are utilizing current conversations around mental health and residential life to call renewed attention to their effort to achieve pay equality.
As part of Stanford’s ongoing Long-Range Planning process, the ResX Task Force has been working to develop a series of recommendations for improving residential life that will be presented to Provost Persis Drell at the end of fall quarter.
On Tuesday afternoon, Board of Trustees Chair Jeff Raikes ’80 reflected on the Board’s first meeting of the year. Raikes recapped University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s annual report to the Board and touched on topics ranging from free speech on campus to the Long-Range Planning process and the University’s investment responsibility.