Addressing a need
“You belong at Stanford” is one of the first things you hear upon entering campus. Every fall, the tables at the activities fair extend in all directions throughout the heart of campus. At Stanford, there are a myriad of student activities and organizations that are as diverse as its student body. It seems as though you’re presented with an endless number of opportunities.
But Stanford goes fast - before you know it, many organizations are filled to capacity with students or have already closed their applications, auditions, or workshops. One of the biggest concerns I saw in my dorm fall quarter was the confusion regarding what organizations to be a part of.
Like many other students, I looked for a comprehensive list of student organizations at Stanford but wasn’t able to find a webpage or book with this information. By halfway through freshman fall quarter, I felt like I had missed many opportunities on campus simply because I didn’t know they existed.
After running for Undergraduate Senate and being elected, this concern still lingered in my mind about increasing the transparency of student organizations to all members of Stanford’s student body. Starting this fall, both myself and my mentee Mustafa Khan ‘22 took on the challenge of creating a directory of student organizations at Stanford that included important information including grade makeup, average time commitment, and tips for new members written by organization officers and general members. A special thanks goes out to Student Activities and Leadership (SAL at https://sal.stanford.edu/) for helping us contact student organizations and collect data throughout the process.
Mustafa and I are excited to share this website with the Stanford student body. Obviously, this is the very first draft and we hope to include new information for each organization including officer contacts, website URLs, and meeting times. However, we’re sure you will still able to find relevant information from this handbook. Personally, I hope this project makes it easier for the FLI (First Generation and/or Low Income) community to learn about Stanford’s campus life and make the transition to college easier. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.