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Student Activities and Leadership staff are dedicated to help students find community and foster passions while developing leadership and life skills.

  • We support all recognized student organizations, advise ASSU and the sophomore and junior class council, and offer leadership development and training.
  • We help individual students connect with student organizations and other activities outside the classroom.  
  • We work to cultivate a student community that values inclusivity, equity, respect, collaboration, and balance.

General Information

  • Location: Old Union, 2nd Floor, Suite 206
  • Office Hours: 8 am–5 pm (Mon–Fri).
  • Peer Advisor Hours: Weekly calendar  
  • All-SAL Drop-In hours: Wednesday, 3-5pm.

Need Help? Contact a Peer Advisor!

 SAL Peer Advisors 2016-2017

Peer Advisors

For most needs it is best to start with SAL Peer Advisors, who are experienced student leaders and excel with financial, banking and event-planning advice.

Peer advisors are available on a drop-in and scheduled basis about 40 hours each week, including Thursdays 7–9 pm.

Click here to see their Drop-In schedule

  • Katie Hufker is a senior studying Computer Science. Areas of responsibility: Social awareness, health/wellness, and religious orgs. New Organization process and off-campus fundraising
  • Sarah Hay is co-term student. Areas of responsibility: TBD. 

POLS Graduate Interns

We are looking for new POLS intern to join us in the Fall. Contact Ankita with any questions. 


Professional Staff


Nanci Howe (she/her)

Associate Dean and Director
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About Nanci: Nanci was writing this bio when a student walked in the door asking for help. 

Areas of Responsibility: ASSU/GSC/Undergraduate Senate, Arts (Dance, Drama, Music, Other Arts), Athletic (Outdoor Recreation), Pre-Professional, Recreational, and Social Orgs, Sophomore Class Presidents, Policy development and interpretation, Off-campus Fundraising, New Org Processes, ASSU Speaker's Bureau, The Daily, and Debate Orgs. 

Snehal Naik (he/him)

Assistant Dean and Associate Director
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About Snehal: Snehal came to Stanford after working at universities in Boston, New York City and Monterey.  As an UCSD undergrad he was active in student government, campus programs and concert planning.  He also served as an orientation leader and RA. Snehal goes to as many student events as he can - - riding a camel at Israeli Independence Day was a highlight. 

Areas of Responsibility: Athletic (Club Sport, Other), Academic orgs, Health and Wellness orgs, Media/Publications orgs, Political orgs, Stanford Concert Network Advisory Board, International orgs, Peer Advisor Program, Workshop Schedule, White Plaza, Junior Class Presidents, and the Alcohol Advisory Board.


Ankita Rakhe (she/her)

Assistant Dean and Associate Director
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About Ankita: Ankita came to Stanford after working at other universities in California, Texas, and Ohio. As an undergrad at Vanderbilt University, Ankita held leadership positions in the South Asian student organization; a mentoring and tutoring organization; her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi; and in new student orientation. Ankita loves how passionate students are about their student org programs and projects.  Ankita holds a master's degree in higher education and student affaris from The Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree in child development with a Spanish minor from Vanderbilt University. 

Areas of Responsibility: Athletic (Martial Arts) Orgs, Community Service Orgs, Ethnic/Cultural Orgs, Religious Orgs, Social Awareness orgs, the Stanford Fund Partnership, CardinalSync, Website, Social Media & Communication, Student Activities Fair, Leadership 'n Lunch, Leadership Fellows, Leadership Trainings (Bootcamp & Workshops), Campus Programs, and Re-registration Process.