SoCo is the abbreviated version of Sophomore College, which is essentially a three-week program that allows incoming Stanford sophomores to choose one particular topic on which to focus and take classes. The themes of these classes encompass the gamut of interests, from conservation in the Galápagos (which allowed me and 13 of my classmates to venture…
“One in Five: The Law, Policy, and Politics of Campus Sexual Assault” will be offered as a regular course in the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies department next winter quarter.
A group of students is in the process of creating a new student organization that aims to raise awareness and educate the community on the subject of campus sexual assault. The idea for the student group grew out of a Sophomore College course this summer called “One in Five: The Law, Policy and Politics of Sexual Assault” with law professor Michele Dauber. The group will be called One in Five after the class.
The 528-foot-long “scary path” is a dark dirt path that extends from the paved road between the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and the Enchanted Broccoli Forest to the back of 680 Lomita. The shortcut has become notorious among students as a place where the threat of sexual assault looms more strongly than ever. Although no reports of incidents of sexual assault on the path itself are currently available, former Stanford athlete Brock Turner was found sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in the woods surrounding the path last January.
This September, before the school year begins, 12 to 15 rising sophomores will have the opportunity to participate in the first Arabic language Sophomore College (SoCo) program. Called “Arabic in America,” the course aims to provide students with as much immersion as possible here at Stanford in the absence of a study abroad program for learning Arabic.
Starting next September, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) will launch a new three-week leadership program for students entering their junior year.
Although the number of applications and students enrolled in Sophomore College decreased between 2012 and 2013, the Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS) department introduced five new seminars for this year’s program.
Water in the West, formed in January 2010, is a joint program by the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West. It aims to engage in research and policy initiatives from various academic disciplines in order to deliver solutions for the key water challenges in the western United States.