Credit: Samuel Brent Good
Roble is one of Stanford’s most richly diverse and creative dorms. The century-old house has some 300 students across all four undergraduate classes. Half are freshmen, meaning Roble is Stanford’s largest freshman dorm. It’s a delicious melting pot: of actors and athletes, of scientists and singers, of dancers and designers. It’s a big community that contains innumerable micro-communities, and that gives Roble staff members an unparalleled opportunity to translate their passions into programming of almost any sort. Roble has a newly renovated lakeside courtyard in which we hold biweekly dorm barbecues; The Real Roble, a quarterly night of TED-style talks by and for Roble residents; a weekly yoga class, and an array of student-initiated activities, from hikes to writing workshops to artistic get-togethers. All of these activities exist alongside Roble's sustainability effort, the Roble Living Laboratory for Sustainability at Stanford (ROLLSS). Through ROLLSS, through Roble’s many other activities, and in ways unrelated to specific programming — just through the daily feeling of community in the dorm — Roble aspires to provide its staff and residents the latitude, support, and encouragement to grow.