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Winter Break Resources

For Immediate Assistance from GLO

If you are in a crisis and need immediate assistance, the GLO deans are accessible 24/7 through email, text, or call. You will be contacted directly by return call.

Call the GLO pager at 650-723-7288. You will reach a Stanford operator. Provide pager ID #25085 and indicate that you need to reach the graduate dean-on-call.

Email or text the GLO pager at 25085(at) Include your name and reason for paging in the message.

Office Hours

If you would like to speak to a dean or have a non-emergency concern, please feel free to drop in during office hours.

Zoom Link

  • Mon, Dec. 14 @1-2pm (Stacy Nojima)
  • Wed, Dec. 16 @11-Noon (Stacy Nojima)
  • Thu, Dec. 17 @11-Noon (Stacy Nojima)
  • Mon, Dec. 21 @11-Noon (Todd Pettiford)
  • Tue, Dec. 22 @3-4pm (Todd Pettiford)
  • Tue, Dec. 29 @10-11am (Laurette Beeson)
  • Wed, Dec. 30 @1-2pm (Laurette Beeson)

Winter Break CA Events

Community Associates will be hosting grad-wide and residential area-specific events throughout winter break. (Please note that events may be capped.)

Events for All Grad Students

Graduate Gift Exchange
Sign up for a graduate gift exchange as a unique way to meet another graduate student on campus for the winter break! You will fill out a questionnaire by 12/5 and, if selected, be paired with a neighbor to whom you will then mail a gift by 12/15 (up to $10). Be creative based on their answers to choose something you think will really brighten their winter break! (You in turn will receive a gift from that neighbor.) A limited number of $10 Amazon giftcards can be provided to some participants--participants who are comfortable funding a $10 gift for a neighbor themselves are also encouraged to participate. Munger residents who are on campus will be given priority. Contact Kat ( with questions.
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Kat Giordano
Note: Munger residents have priority if the event is oversubscribed.

Citrus Strolls
One silver (or orange?) lining of being here for winter break: many of the fruit trees around campus are in season! With fewer folks on campus, now is the perfect time to reap some juicy rewards. See rsvp link to participate.
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Tyler McDaniel
Note: Citrus socks only will be subsidized for Rains residents.

Holiday Open Mic
Dec 10, 2020 | 5:00 PM
It's that time of year again - yes, the holidays, but also open mic time! We're bringing this Rains tradition grad-wide. Showcase your talents to the world, be they stand-up comedy, music, slam poetry, ~ cool stunts ~, etc. Or tune in to ooh and aah over your neighbors' talents :) RSVP required to perform but not attend. We'll send out a webinar link for everyone to view the week of!
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Irene Li

Decorate your own Holiday Cookies!
Dec 12, 2020 | 3:00 PM
Want all the joys of decorating cookies without having to go through the trouble of baking them? Well now you can! We will be handing out some Trader Joe's DIY cookie decorating kits for you to take home and decorate yourselves! We will also be hosting an optional Zoom decorating party later in the evening if you can resist eating/decorating your cookies until then. RSVP at the link to receive the details! (lottery may be enacted depending on how many kits we can find)
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Brianna McIntosh

Bead Your Own Mask Chain!
Dec 15, 2020 | 7:30 PM
Make your own mask chain, bracelet, necklace, and more! Sign up for this event to receive a beading kit with all the materials necessary to craft for hours. Mask chains are useful during these times to help you keep track of your mask when you take it off in the car or anywhere else temporarily (think of the straps people add to their sunglasses, for example). They make a great gift for your family or friends during the holiday season as well! See image for example:…. RSVP here: by December 5!
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Nina Horowitz
Note: Open to all but attendance may be capped.

At-Home HIIT Workout Holiday Edition
Dec 16, 2020 | 5:00-6:30 PM
Back again due to popular demand, this time during winter break! Need some motivation to exercise during the shelter-in-place? Let’s work out together over Zoom! I’ll be leading an hour-long HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout that requires little to no equipment. An exercise mat can be handy. The exercises will be suitable for varying levels of fitness. EV residents who attend through the end of the workout will be rewarded with dinner ordered ahead from Lotus Thai Bistro and picked up in EV (email with directions will be sent on 12/14)! (Original plan was to go with Ray's Grill, but their holiday hours are not compatible with our event...)
Please RSVP by Sunday, 12/13!

RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Minseung Choi
Note: Workout is open to all. Dinner will be offered to EV residents.

Winter Break BINGO Game Night!
Dec 16, 2020 | 7:30 PM
Please RSVP by December 11
Classic Bingo Night on Zoom!
3 Rounds.
3 Winners.
3 Prizes + consolation prizes for all participants!
Prizes will be available for pick up in Escondido Village. All participants will receive a randomized virtual Bingo card! There will be holiday music, holiday jokes, holiday fun!
Maximum of 20 participants, first come first serve. Participants will be notified at least 3-4 days in advance of the game night! Zoom link will be sent out with the notification!

RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Vivian Chen

Chanticleer Holiday Concert
Dec 16, 2020 | 8:00 PM
Let's enjoy some holiday choral music together - traditional and rare - come join us and listen to a zoom screening of the Chanticleer concert film 2020 from Stanford Live (freely available to students). Then we'll discuss the concert together afterwards. Attendees will receive a small gift certificate for attending. A lottery will be performed if demand is high.
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Suzanne Calhoun

Stanford White Elephant
Dec 18, 2020 | 8:00 PM
Happy holidays everyone! Celebrate the holidays with a white elephant gift exchange with some of your Stanford neighbors :)
Please RSVP below - if demand for the event is high, 15 people will be chosen via lottery to submit links to their gifts in a follow-up email.

RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Amy Wang

Stanford Dish Hiking
Dec 24, 2020 | 11:00 AM
Would you like hiking? Have you been to Stanford Dish before? Would you like to see some wild animals? Do not want to be alone on Christmas Eve. Please join on Dec. 24th,  Thursday 11am hiking to Dish and following lunch at arrillaga dinning hall. We will meet @ Ray's 11am. Limit to 15 people. Winner will be notified by emails.
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Helen Yue Zhang

Events for EVGR and EV Residents

Make your own hot chocolate!
Dec 19, 2020 | 1:00 PM
Come and get your hot chocolate making kit!
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Jason Rodencal
Note: Open to EVGR & EV couples/families

Patchwork Poetry
Dec 14, 2020 | 5:00 PM
For this event, Residents will work together to craft a collaborative book of poetry as a testament to this shared time. Each participant will submit a poem and in return get bound and printed copy of the poems proposed, arraigned in the form of a softcover book. This event would work be for roughly 40 residents.
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Tyrik LaCruise

Distributed 3K Virtual Race
Dec 20, 2020 | 9:00 AM
Sheltering in place with that big, heavy Thanksgiving meal and looking to exercise it off? Join us for a distributed 3k (or more!) walk/run during the week of 12/14-12/20! You can walk/run anytime and anywhere and then submit your record to enter this race (any phone-base or watch using GPS would work!). Alternatively, pending latest covid protocols, we will have a staggered 3k race along Jane Stanford Way on Sunday 12/20 starting at 9am--you must RSVP to receive your assigned staggered start time. We ask that you are mindful when running to give at least 6ft spacing from others and follow all coronavirus protocols.
For the competitive types, we have several categories to win!
  - Fastest 3 male runners
  - Fastest 3 female runners
  - Longest distance: don’t let the 3k limit you! ┗(^0^)┓
  - Most elevation gain: some people love hill climbs ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  - Most festive outfit award: show your holiday spirit ᒄ₍⁽ˆ⁰ˆ⁾₎ᒃ♪♬
For the more leisurely participants, no worries, we will also have many raffle prizes, hooooorrayyyyyyy!!!
RSVP by 12/13 at midnight. We will send instructions to RSVPers on how to submit your run records and/or assigned start time (if applicable).

RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Laainam (Best) Chaipornkaew

Watch Party: The Christmas Chronicle 2
Dec 21, 2020 | 8:00 PM
Get your holiday cheer on with your EVGR/EV neighbors for a Christmas movie virtual watch party. We’ll be screening The Christmas Chronicles 2, where a cynical teen is unexpectedly reunited with Santa Claus when a mysterious troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas. Oh my! Movie snacks will be distributed prior to the showing. Please RSVP for further holiday logistics.
Showtime at 8pm (PST) on Monday 12/21/2020
RSVP by 5pm (PST) on Friday 12/18/2020 to receive watch party logistics.

RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Laainam (Best) Chaipornkaew

DIY Scones &.Holiday Tea Party
Dec 26, 2020 | 11:00 AM
If you're a fan of tea, baking, or just still having major Downton Abbey withdrawals -- grab a fun hat and teacup if you've got them, and join your fellow EV(GR)-ers for this group baking class and afternoon tea party! CAs will provide tea kits and a variety of fun gourmet mix-ins and glaze ingredients to make custom scones. After a group baking session (live tutorial included), we'll get to check out each other's creations and enjoy our tea and scones on Zoom! Sign up by December 11th to reserve your spot and customize your event kit.
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Ada Undieh

Self-Care Kits
Jan 2, 2021
If you're like me and 2020 + holiday season hecticness has you feeling like a dried up raisin, never fear -- first, drink some water (#alwaysstayhydrated), and then treat yourself to some post-holiday season TLC with a curated self-care box! We've partnered with the great folks at CAPS and the Wellbeing Center to bring you this "I Survived 2020" Self Care Kit. Each kit will have a variety of physical items to support the different dimensions of wellness, as well as a list of curated online resources to help boost your energy and mood moving into the new year. Signup deadline is Dec 11th (but RSVP early!)
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Ada Undieh

Events for Escondido Village (EV) Residents

Make your own pizza with a pizza kit
Dec 10, 2020 | 5:00 PM
We'll supply the dough, cheese, and sauce. Pick up at picnic tables between EV Buildings 25 and 26 (at the intersection of Olmsted and Oberlin).
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Maxim Zaslavsky & Alison Bick

Cookies and Cards!
Dec 12, 2020 | 3:00 PM
Send holiday greetings by snail mail to friends, family, or even a stranger via Letters Against Isolation or the Angel Card Project! Join your EV neighbors for some greeting card writing (and cookie munching) on Saturday, December 12. Card and cookie pickup will be from 3-4pm in EV (Barnes barbecue area), and we'll gather on Zoom at 4pm to write our cards and share some holiday cheer. Please RSVP by December 9.
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Isabel Salovaara

KFC Box Dinner
Dec 18, 2020 | 6:00 PM
Did you get tired of turkey but still want American comfort food? Pick up some free KFC at 6pm on Friday, 12/18! A lucky 15 random people will win.
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Thomas Navidi

Learn to knit
Dec 20, 2020 | 5:00 PM
Looking for a new hobby to carry you through winter break, or just always wanted to pick up knitting? This is a great chance to learn! We'll provide yarn, a pair of knitting needles, and a pattern to knit your own dish cloths (as well as beginner-friendly online resources). We'll have your supplies ready for pickup beforehand, and we'll meet Sunday, Dec 20 at 5pm to chat and help each other troubleshoot. :) We'll try to keep this event open for all, but if interest is high, it may be limited by lottery.
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Cayla Miller

Make Snowflakes and Origami!
Dec 22, 2020 | 7:00 PM
RSVP by Dec. 18th
Event: Dec. 22nd, 7:00PM on Zoom
Zoom link:…
Is your apartment lacking winter spirit? Do you want to relive the nostalgia of making glittery snowflakes in elementary school?
Join us in making wintry snowflakes and origami! On the day of the event, you can pick up a bag of crafting supplies (and snacks!), and we will make crafts together over Zoom!

There will be a cap of 20 participants (chosen randomly once the RSVP closes!)
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Tommy Li and Katherine Walker

Gratitude Journaling
Dec 30, 2020 | 3:00 PM
Having trouble coming up with a New Year resolution? Reflecting on what you are grateful for each day could be your solution! Gratitude journals are a great way to de-stress and remind yourself to appreciate the happy memories and loved ones in your life. Please join for a virtual event on 12/30 at 3pm where we will write our first entry together, check in on how the year has gone, and discuss plans for the new year. You will receive a gratitude journal and boba. If there is high demand for the event, a lottery will be performed to choose the participants.
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Destiny Phillips

Events for EVGR Residents

Gingerbread Mansion Decorating
Dec 10, 2020 | 7:00 PM
Forget decorating gingerbread houses, it's time to think big!  We'll be raffling off 20 Gingerbread Mansions (Costco-exclusive) with over 1 POUND of icing and decorations. The best part? They're pre-assembled so you can get straight to decorating.  RSVP at the link below and we'll inform you if you've been selected.
The only stipulation?  Sharing a photo of your finished creation with your fellow decorators!  If you'd like to join in the fun and don't get selected in the raffle, you can also select the option to pay for your house (~$12-13) by sending the amount via Venmo to the CA (Delaney).

RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Delaney Miller

Cup of Warmth for the Holidays
Dec 13, 2020
Warm up with a cup of coffee or tea from Coupa Café! Drinks will be distributed on Sunday, December 13th, 2020.
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Brenda Yu

Events for EV Families

Gingerbread House Competition
Dec 12, 2020 | 3:00 PM
Each Hulme family will receive a gingerbread house kit to decorate and submit a picture of to win a $25 Amazon gift card.
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Grace Boxell
Note: Open to Hulme Courtyard residents

Christmas Stocking Kit + Zoom call
Dec 20, 2020 | 6:30 PM
Making Christmas stocking with provided kit & zoom call sharing bucket list
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Yafang Bao
Note: Open to EV South residents

Event for Lyman Residents

Lyman Winter Break Care Package
Dec 15, 2020 | 8:00 PM
On campus on the 15th? Want a small care package? Sign up at this link. Happy holidays from the Lyman CAs!
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Leighton Wan & Lydia Tam

Event for Munger Residents

The Happiness Project Plan
1/9/2021 | 2:00:00 PM
You will receive a copy of "The Happiness Project" book by Gretchin Rubin along with instructions on working through the book. On 1/9/21 at 2:00pm we will meet via zoom to discuss what we've learned and how we can apply these lessons to increase our happiness in 2021.
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Alma Mendoza

Events for Off-Campus Housing Residents

GingerBread House Decorating
Dec 18, 2020 | 5:30 PM
It's officially December--let the holiday cheer begin! To start off the holiday festivities, we will be giving away gingerbread house decorating kits. Each kit comes with a premade house, frosting, and candy for decoration. We will also be hosting a gingerbread decorating party on zoom on December 18th at 5:30 pm. If you would like a kit, please RSVP so we can get a headcount. If too many people RSVP, we will hold a lottery! Please RSVP by December 11, 11:59pm.
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Angela Zhang

Woodside Bakery Coffee!
Dec 28, 2020 | 9:00 AM
You know the drill: come by Woodside Bakery (in Sharon Heights Safeway complex: between 9 and 10am on Friday, 12/18 to pickup a pastry or coffee of your choice (up to $10). I'll be sitting outside in the blue OCH shirt. Please wear masks, stay 6 feet apart from non-household members, and unfortunately you're not allowed to not stick around to gather or chat (we can say hi from a distance). Please RSVP on the attached spreadsheet to stagger your arrival times so that not everyone crowds at once. *NB: If there are too many people for one slot, we may have to close the RSVP and lottery off that slot. So please try to space yourselves :)
RSVP Link:
CA Organizer: Sai Gourisankar

Event for Rains Residents

Rains Mindful Moment
12/17/2020 | 2:00PM
Need a breather? Join us for the "Rains Mindful Moment."
2:00 - 2:15pm: Join the Zoom, settle in
2:15 - 2:30pm: Guided meditation
2:30 - 3:00pm: Debrief and chit chat
Zoom Link:
CA Organizer: Vivienne Hay

COVID Testing and Travel Guidelines

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Winter break resources; Winter closure; Looking ahead to 2021

Visit VPGE for more information

Student Grief Gathering

Holding absence & remembrance during the holiday season

In this season of celebration, the absence of those we love can be especially painful.  In this special gathering of our student grief group, we will share reflections on those absences, the power of memory and the lessons we can teach one another to get through these times.

Friday, December 11th at 11:30 a.m. PST

Sponsored by the Office for Religious and Spiritual Life, Counseling and Psychological Services, Residential Education, Graduate Life Office and Well-Being at Stanford