ResEd launched a brand new Neighborhoods Process Drive final week to think about and advocate long-term adjustments to the neighborhood system. In response to the Scholar Affairs web site, the duty power will tackle flexibility in housing and neighborhood task, the geographic proximity of neighborhood residences and eventualities the place many college students could also be leaving a neighborhood.
English professor Elaine Treharne and Vice Provost Susie Brubaker-Cole will function co-chairs of the committee, which will likely be composed of six college students “representing numerous pupil teams,” 4 employees members from ResEd and R&DE, two resident fellows and three school members, Scholar Affairs mentioned.
The Each day has reached out to the College for remark.
The duty power’s formation comes on the shut of Stanford’s second yr of the neighborhood system. All through this yr, the neighborhood system has seen widespread disapproval, regardless of more and more well-attended all-campus neighborhood occasions like Neighborhood Hyperion’s DragFest.
The creation of the duty power additionally comes on the heels of current adjustments to the neighborhood system, together with the one-year pilot of rank-choice neighborhood reassignment and the short-term removing of neighborhood funding caps for every dorm earlier this yr.
Critics of the neighborhood system allege that the neighborhood system doesn’t mesh with the social routes and buildings via which college students usually type friendships, like dorms and actions.
“I don’t assume we’d like a activity power to find out that nobody likes the neighborhood system,” Ishani Mukherjee ’26 mentioned in reference to the duty power’s creation.
Together with addressing pupil grievances to the neighborhood system, the duty power additionally hopes to anticipate adjustments such because the commencement of the abnormally giant class of 2025 and the removing of EVGR-A as an undergraduate housing possibility, in accordance with Scholar Affairs.
“We’ve discovered a fantastic deal over the primary two years of implementation of our shared imaginative and prescient for housing, and we stay dedicated to a strategy of ongoing suggestions and iterative enhancements,” the Scholar Affairs web site reads.
In response to the Scholar Affairs web site, the duty power will submit its last report by Dec. 8, with adjustments anticipated to roll out within the fall quarter of 2024.
“I’m optimistic,” Sachin Singh ’26 mentioned of the duty power and its impact on the neighborhood system. “I simply assume it’ll by no means be part of the social cloth of Stanford.”