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Co-leads play a significant role in shaping the transition of first-year students into the beginning of their Stanford experience. Students who co-lead are eager to facilitate small group discussions, engage in meaningful conversation with their peers, and build community within a cohort. As a co-lead, students will learn the research that serves as the foundation of the Frosh 101 and Transfer 101 curriculum, and how to apply it effectively within the sections they will lead. Come join a growing community of students who are passionate about the mission of Frosh 101 and Transfer 101!

Co-Lead Expectations and Responsibilities

  • Enroll in and complete UAR 194A (Frosh 101 and Transfer 101 – Leader Training) in the Spring and UAR 194B (Frosh 101 and Transfer 101 – Curriculum Training) in the Fall (see below Training Courses section for details).
  • Attend a half-day retreat in the Fall.
  • Co-lead a weekly 80-minute section.
  • Regularly meet with your co-lead partner and plan class prior to each section.

Eligibility and Compensation

  • Any students interested in co-leading are welcome to apply; however, students who completed Frosh 101 or Transfer 101 will be given higher consideration for selection.
  • Co-leads must commit to leading an in-person section in the Fall. Students who are away from campus in the Fall (e.g., studying away, on a leave of absence, have graduated, etc.) are not eligible to participate.
  • Frosh 101 and Transfer 101 co-leads will be paid a $900 stipend. Dorm staff who co-lead for their residence will also be paid a $900 stipend.

    Application Process

    • Determine if you are eligible and able to commit, and submit an application for consideration.
    • Applications will open late Fall, and results will be released mid-Winter before Spring enrollment.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Do I get to choose my co-lead partner?
    No—with over 100 co-leads, pairings are optimized based on co-leads’ availability during the many sections offered in the Fall. Co-leads will be informed of their pairings in August and will meet their partner during orientation before the academic year begins.

    Do I get to choose the dorm I lead in?
    While co-leads will be able to indicate their preference for the residence in which they would like to lead, we cannot guarantee that all preferences will be met during the matching process. Co-leads will be informed of their dorm assignments in August.

    Email with any questions!

    Training Courses

    Co-leads, charged with the responsibility of facilitating a curriculum designed to help new students transition to life at Stanford, must undergo a sequence of two training courses: UAR 194A (taken in the Spring) and UAR 194B (taken in the Fall). The UAR 194A/B course sequence seeks to provide facilitators with theory to practice expertise needed in order to lead their small group.

    UAR 194A

    In UAR 194A (Frosh 101 and Transfer 101 - Leader Training), students will engage in effective leadership by engaging with the following core topics/themes: inclusive teaching and facilitation skills, sense of belonging, healthy communities, diversity and inclusion, and purposeful living and learning. Students will read and discuss research associated with each topic and will practice facilitating activities within small groups. UAR 194A is offered on a Letter grading basis.

    UAR 194B

    Students will take UAR 194B (Frosh 101 and Transfer 101 - Curriculum Training) in the same quarter that they lead their Frosh 101 or Transfer 101 section. Students will receive weekly guidance from instructors and TAs tailored towards framing and execution of the activities in the curriculum. This course will focus on practicing facilitation activities and will serve as a space where students can regularly collaborate with their peer co-leads in troubleshooting issues that may arise in their Frosh 101 or Transfer 101 sections. UAR 194B is offered on a S/NC grading basis.