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Week 4: Cardinal Nights, family events, and campus news

We know connecting with friends is really important to everyone right now, and we want to continue to do all we can to help.

Hello students and families!

We know connecting with friends is really important to everyone right now, and we want to continue to do all we can to help. In this week’s newsletter, we will: 

  • present some new opportunities for students and families to connect;
  • quickly summarize campus news;
  • and share the best ways to reach us with your suggestions and questions. 

Cardinal Nights: premium social events online

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Cardinal Nights is providing its signature premium substance-free social events online! We had great attendance to our virtual programming throughout spring quarter. This fall, we are back! Every Friday, we host a live event featuring everything from virtual escape rooms to stand-up comedy. 

In addition to weekly live virtual events, we are also hosting social media contests throughout the week on our Instagram account (@cardinalnights), where students can win gift cards to approved vendors of their choice! We have seen great levels of engagement and attendance and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events in the future. 

Want to collaborate with Cardinal Nights? Send us an email at  

5-SURE on Foot: PPE and Pop-Tarts 

5 Sure logo showing "sure on foot, be safe, be sure."


On the go on campus and forgot your mask? Not to worry! 5-SURE on Foot Peer Health Advocates have been providing in the moment education and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the student population since week 1 of fall quarter. They are operating 7 days a week to provide disposable masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and their signature treat, Pop-Tarts!

So far, they have handed out more than 150 health packs and have provided health tips to over 400 students. You can find them tabling, or walking around campus every day outside from 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. during the week, and 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. on the weekends. Wherever you are, we can't wait to see you and hand you a Pop-Tart!

Well-Being at Stanford events for families

We’re inviting all families to save the date for two events. Transitioning to college is challenging, and especially so right now. The Well-Being at Stanford team will host two meetings focused on supporting your student’s health and well-being. The events (identical, one-hour sessions at two times to help reach all who are interested) are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 1 p.m. Nov. 16 PST. Watch these newsletters for more information. 

Quick summary of campus news

  • The U.S. elections are on everyone’s minds. We want you to know that we are here to support students. President Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Drell shared this message this week, and Student Affairs will follow-up next week with more resources on self-care and stress. StanfordVotes, a non-partisan, university-wide, student-run organization, is another great source of information. The Academic Senate has approved an ASSU proposal urging instructors “to support civic engagement and reflection” through a variety of measures, such as canceling classes on Election Day. 
  • There were two leadership messages this week on racial justice at Stanford: The provost has launched a task force to recommend new infrastructure for the study of race and the impacts of race on society, and Stanford will rename campus spaces named for David Starr Jordan and relocate a statue depicting Louis Agassiz. 
  • We’re hearing many students and families are continuing to puzzle through students’ enrollment choices. Here’s some tools for you: a quick video by our Academic Advising team and a chart by Student Affairs on the programs and services available to you.
  • All students received this message on student households and essential visitors. This applies to students on campus now, and those who will join us in the future, pending changes to state and county public health guidance. We see this as a solid step on the path toward further re-opening our campus.

Coming soon!

Here are a few dates to mark on your calendars:

We want to hear from you

If you have a question or concern, please submit a ServiceNow ticket. For academic planning discussions and related questions, please make an appointment with your academic advisor.

Best wishes,

Susie & Sarah

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Sarah Church
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education