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You are not alone. To gain a sense of belonging, there are many ways to connect with your community within and beyond Stanford.

Community Resources

Community affiliation

Stanford is home to seven vibrant ethnic and community centers. These centers affirm the university’s belief that encounters between people with different perspectives and points of view stimulate creative thinking, foster a deeper understanding of the world beyond Stanford, and promote the development of a strong community on our campus in which all members are truly valued. The ethnic and community centers include the Asian American Activities Center (A3C), Bechtel International Center (I-Center), Black Community Services Center (BCSC), El Centro Chicano (El Centro), LGBT Community Resources Center (LGBT-CRC), Native American Cultural Center (NACC), and Women's Community Center (WCC).

Interpersonal Development, offered by Residential Education (Res Ed)

Recognizing there are developmental stages and stressors common to college students, but not a common timeline, a primary goal of Residential Education is to facilitate meaning-making during a student’s intellectual and personal growth while at Stanford,. Through discussions of academic work, social norms, parental and peer pressure, and health education, students will explore membership in a pluralistic community, where each student feels fully included and where the environment is characterized by mutual concern, empathy, the active exchange of ideas, and the freedom to differ intellectually, culturally, and politically. Resident Fellows, Residence Deans, and trained residential professional and student staff are available to help students explore a range of experiences and connect with resources.

Wellness and Health Promotion Services

Wellness is more than being free from illness. Wellness is a dynamic process of change and growth. There are many interrelated dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental, and life meaning. Each dimension is equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health. Services include individual counseling and broad-based educational courses and programs designed to educate and empower students to make informed, healthy decisions about lifestyle, wellness, and health behaviors.

Public Service, offered by the Haas Center for Public Service (Haas)

Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service believes it is possible to create a more just and sustainable world. Every day Haas promotes and supports service opportunities for Stanford faculty and students because change can start at universities. Through direct service, activism, policy and politics, philanthropy, and engaged scholarship, students work to develop a better world on the local, national, or international level. It can be overwhelming to think about the large number of service opportunities available at Stanford. The Haas Center is available to help students find opportunities that are a good fit. Visit Haas on the first floor in the Bing Information Resource Center (BIRC) for walk-in advising, or make an appointment with a Haas Center staff member. Haas also offers workshops throughout the year to help students build service skills, explore careers, and develop as leaders.

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