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About Us


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


Sarah Hay (she/her) is a Coterm student studying Biology. As an undergrad, she was involved in a wide range of clubs and has experience planning major events and programs involving minors. She's excited to hear about all the exciting events and activities that VSOs have planned for this year and is eager to help students access the resources they need to make them happen!



Katie Hufker (she/her) is a Coterm studying biomedical informatics. She majored in computer science for her undergrad. Katie has been involved with the band, Kids with Dreams, the ASSU, and the Undergraduate Catholic Students Association.




Lloyd Lyall (he/him) is a senior from Vancouver, Canada majoring in International Relations with minors in Economics and Political Data Science. Before coming to SAL Lloyd was VP-Tournaments for the Stanford Debate Society, where he directed a variety of large events. In his free time Lloyd love skiing, sailing, chai lattes and the color blue.



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
Schedule a meeting (for students only)

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, and The Daily.


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, 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 favorite part of working with Stanford students is how driven they are about their ideas.  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.