About Us

The Academic Theme Associates (ATAs), Resident Fellows (RFs), Resident Assistant (RA) and Residential Student Affairs Specialist (RSAS) drive all programs and events offered through EAST House. Feel free to contact us if you would like to be directed to opportunities in education or learn more about the field.

Resident Fellows

Christine Min Wotipka is Associate Professor (Teaching) of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology and Director of the master’s programs in International Comparative Education and International Education Policy Analysis at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. From 2012-16, she served as director of the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Professor Wotipka’s research interests focus on gender and education, and changing notions of citizenship as seen in school textbooks over time and around the world. Prof. Wotipka earned her graduate degrees from Stanford – a PhD in International Comparative Education and a master’s in Sociology, and a bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in International Relations and French from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She proudly served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in rural northeast Thailand from 1993-95 and returned to Thailand in 2008 when she and Prof. anthony lising antonio led an overseas seminar on education, development, and globalization with the Bing Overseas Studies Program. Prof. Wotipka is on sabbatical in the 2016-17 academic year.

Anthony Lising Antonio is a scholar of higher education policy, college student development and diversity in higher education. His primary research efforts are currently focused on understanding college student social networks and the effects of diversity on student change in college. Anthony is a Bay Area nate and attended public schools in the East Bay before enrolling at UC Berkeley. As an undergraduate, his commitment to and interest in issues in higher education were revealed by his work with local Filipino American youth on many projects including college outreach, retention programs, and the development of a Tagalog language course for undergraduates at Berkeley. Perhaps then it is little wonder that after earning two degrees in Mechanical Engineering and spending over three years in the aerospace industry, Anthony made a career change and earned his doctorate in higher education where he studied student development and assessment at UCLA. These issues have remained central to his research and teaching. He has taught at Stanford since 1998.

Resident Assistant (RA)

Raga Ayyagari  is excited to return to EAST House after being a resident in the dorm last year. A senior majoring in Human Biology, she is interested in public health, environmental sustainability, and education and is active in multiple research and service projects on campus. Outside the classroom, she loves listening to and creating stories and music, enjoying nature, and admiring cute animals.

Kojo Worai Osei   is a junior majoring in Mathematical and Computational Science. He is a big fan of pistachio flavored gelato, soccer and the Wall Street Journal - in no particular order.

Academic Theme Associates (ATA)

Victoria Mao is a senior majoring in Energy Resources Engineering. She is one of three ATAs in EAST and warmly welcomes all its residents to the 2016-2017 school year! She's interested in the intersection between engineering, environmental stewardship, and energy policy and looks forward to sharing conversations on those subjects. Her hobbies include crafts such as knitting, scrap booking, and embroidery.

Cheyenne Leialoha Poston :Cheyenne (she/her, they/them) is a junior majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Education. She is from Boerne, TX, a small town outside of San Antonio (VA SPURS VA), which explains her love of breakfast tacos and Beyoncé. On campus, she counsels at SHPRC (Sexual Health and Peer Resources Center) and works with 5-SURE on Foot. She loves roadtrips, Parks and Recreation, food, and is a proud member of the house of Hufflepuff.

Ayushi Vig is a junior from New Delhi, India majoring in Psychology and International Relations. She hopes to eventually work as a lawyer at the intersection of human rights and philanthropy. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and taking long walks to the fridge. She is very excited to be part of the EAST community this year!

Residential Computer Consultant (RCC)

Job Nalianya is a senior who hails from Bungoma, a small town in Western Kenya. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Job is interested in engineering education and education in general and is excited about engaging with issues surrounding education while living in EAST house this year. While not tinkering with electronics, Job enjoys reading, hiking, road biking and swimming. 

Kitchen Manager (KM)

Katherine Phan: Katherine, or Kat, Phan is currently a senior from Tacoma, WA studying computer science and constantly looking to find intersections between her interests in community advocacy and technology. As the kitchen manager, she is looking forward to engaging in conversations about food education. When she's not working on drone research, Kat spends her time writing, singing, and attempting to road bike.


Undergraduate Advising Director,  Undergraduate Advising and Research

Arik Lifschitz is an Academic Advising Director in the office of Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR). He advises undergraduate students on issues related to academic planning, exploring interests, identifying goals, assessing academic progress, connecting with faculty, finding opportunities for research and service, navigating university requirements and policies, and managing academics in the context of difficult situations.

In addition, Arik has an active research program in the areas of management and education, with a special focus on the relationship between structure, content, and outcomes in educational settings. He also has broad experience in applied research, having worked with organizations in the education, culture, health, and infrastructure industries. He currently teaches in the department of Management Science and Engineering.

GovCo (FroSoCo, Robinson, Potter, Treat/East, Yost, Murray, and Suites)

Residence Dean (RD)

Staci Gunner  Staci holds a Master of Arts in Communication Studies (with specializations in cross-cultural, crisis, and dialogic communication and training development) from San Jose State University and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (with specializations in law & policy and social justice education) from Ball State University. Her undergraduate work was in Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University.

She has over a decade of experience across multiple student affairs functional areas including residence life, student conduct, community centers, and Title IX including serving as Associate Director of the Student Life Office at the GSB from August 2014-July 2015.

Program Associate

Arabella Napier  Arabella hails from Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. She supports EAST, Murray, Yost, Muwekma, and Mirrieless as a Program Associate. She loves walking around campus, enjoying its physical beauty, listening to the fountains playing, and saying hi to students and colleagues, as well as, interacting with students and hearing about the projects and issues they are focusing their energy, creativity and passion on.