How to Become a Co-Lead: EDUC 194 A/B

Why Choose to Be a Frosh 101 Co-Lead?

Frosh/Transfer 101 Co-Leads will join a growing community of students who are passionate about the mission of Frosh/Transfer 101, and play a significant role in shaping the transition of first year students into the beginning of their Stanford experience. As a co-lead, students will learn the research that serves as the foundation of the Frosh/Transfer 101 curriculum, and how to apply it effectively in order to build community within the sections they will lead. In doing so, Frosh/Transfer 101 co-leads will learn how to facilitate small group discussions and how to engage in meaningful conversation with their peers. All Frosh/Transfer 101 co-leads will be paid a $900 stipend when they lead in the Fall. 


Who Can Apply:

  • Applicants who took and completed Frosh 101/Transfer 101 during their first quarter at Stanford will be given higher consideration for selection
  • Applicants who can commit to leading a section in the following Fall - students who are graduating before the end of next Fall will not be eligible to co-lead
    • Applicants who will not be staffing a residential dorm next year (ie. RA’s, ETA’s)
    • The Frosh/Transfer 101 co-leads that are trained through the program are paired with a student dorm staff member to lead in the dorm they are assigned -- RA’s and ETA’s in participating dorms will not need to apply to be eligible to co-lead a Frosh/Transfer 101 section

See the list of participating dorms here


Steps to Become a Leader:

  1. Complete an application for consideration:
    • Application will be released in Winter 2021
    • Results will be released to applicants by the end of Winter Quarter 
  2. Enroll in and complete EDUC 194A (2-units) in Spring Quarter
  3. Attend a half day retreat in the Fall
  4. Enroll in and complete the EDUC 194B training course (2-units) in Fall Quarter

EDUC 194A + EDUC 194B:

EDUC 194A and EDUC 194B are courses intended to provide training for future Frosh/Transfer 101 leaders. These leaders will be charged with the responsibility of co-leading a curriculum designed to help frosh transition to life at Stanford. Historically, Stanford’s intended curriculum has provided academic training for students in a variety of disciplines. Despite the value of this intended curriculum, students are often left to navigate the unintended curriculum alone.

To support students in their transition, Frosh/Transfer 101 offers a detailed curriculum that helps students develop the relationships, and social and interpersonal skills needed to thrive in the university context. Through a combination of research-based training and self-regulatory activities, Frosh/Transfer 101 provides students opportunities to work in small groups to build community as they transition into the university setting. With this in mind, the facilitation role of the students who lead these subsections become vital to the success of the program. Therefore, the EDUC 194A/B course sequence seeks to provide facilitators with theory to practice expertise needed in order to lead their small group. 

This course will prepare them to engage in effective leadership by helping future facilitators master research and practice associated with:

  1. Inclusive Teaching and Facilitation Skills
  2. Healthy Living
  3. Diversity and Inclusion
  4. Sense of Belonging and Interdependence
  5. Reflection & Purposeful Living.


The general structure follows a basic pattern of theory, understanding, and practice. 

In EDUC 194A, students will first read and discuss research associated with each topic. Then, students will practice facilitating activities associated with the following learning objectives within assigned small groups. 

  1. Students will come to understand leading research and perspectives on inclusive teaching, facilitation, healthy living, diversity & inclusion, sense of belonging, reflection and purposeful living in college.
  2. Students will come to understand how to model inclusive teaching strategies and facilitation approaches, using exemplars of how to lead structured facilitated activities provided by the course.
  3. Students will come to understand how to lead effective small group activities through practice.

In EDUC 194B, students will be taking this course in the same quarter that they are leading their Frosh/Transfer 101 section. Students will be receiving weekly guidance from instructors and TAs tailored towards framing and execution of the activities in the curriculum. This course will more heavily focus on practicing facilitation activities, and serve as a space where students can regularly collaborate with their fellow co-leads in troubleshooting issues that may arise in their Frosh/Transfer 101 sections.