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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!



Anne Huntington is a MA student in the Stanford Graduate School of Education's program in International Comparative Education. Before coming to Stanford, she taught elementary school in Chicago and Boston. During her undergraduate career, she was the president of the her senior class. She loves helping students refine their leadership abilities through bringing people together!




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.




Phuong Ta (he/him) is a Master's student in the Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies (POLS) program at Stanford Graduate School of Education. Previously, he worked in youth leadership development and cross-cultural facilitation at the Posse Foundation. During his undergrad, Phuong served as a Peer Leader at the Asian American Center, and as President of the Vietnamese Students Club. Phuong recently co-founded Resilient 1st Gen (R1G), a group for the first-gen community at Stanford GSE. He’s excited to join the SAL team and support student organization leaders as a thought partner on planning successful events.



Student Affairs Fellows


Zach Brown (he/him) Zach Brown (he/him) is a graduate student studying policy, organization, and leadership studies (POLS) in the Graduate School of Education. Before coming to Stanford, Zach spent several years in Yosemite as the Campus Life Coordinator for Azusa Pacific University’s High Sierra Semester. Zach also spent several years working in Latin America with study abroad and service programs in Latin America (Ecuador and Costa Rica). He enjoys fostering student leadership development through cohort-based programs and experiences.

Areas of Responsibility: Leadership Fellows and Leadership 'n Lunch.



Carley Davenport (she/her) is a Master's student in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies at Stanford Graduate School of Education. Prior to coming to Stanford, she worked in career services and programming at Columbia University Center for Career Education and The Posse Foundation in New York City. As an undergrad, Carley was involved in new student orientation and sang in an a cappella group on-campus. She now serves as her cohort representative to the Stanford GSE Student Guild. She loves working with undergraduate students on event-planning and leadership development, and is excited to be a part of Student Activities and Leadership this year!

Areas of Responsibility: Leadership Bootcamp and Leadership 'n Lunch.



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, 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.


Alex Moreno (she/her)

Program and Operations Coordinator

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About Alex:  Alex returned to Stanford after backpacking around the world for 150 days. Her experience coordinating a variety of on-campus events makes her THE go-to person for all of your student event related needs. Helping students is her passion, which motivates her to bring their ideas to life with flawless execution. Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Cal State San Bernardino and she enjoys lifting weights, trying new foods, dancing at concerts, and sunflowers.

Areas of Responsibility: White Plaza, Off-Campus Fundraising Requets, CaridinalSync Event Management