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We're Happy to Say Hello

During 2022, staff and faculty at the Center for African Studies will be working hybrid schedules that combine on-site and remote work. No matter where we are working from, however, we are available to answer questions Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.

The best way to reach us is via email. For general questions, please contact us at africanstudies [at], or call us at (650) 497-7688. Read below for more details on our on-site schedules.

Contact & Location

Office Hours

The Center for African Studies and Encina Commons will be open on a limited schedule during fall quarter. To comply with safety guidelines, we can only permit a limited number of people in this space, and our hours have been reduced. The center will be open from will be open in person on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9am-6pm, and will be remote Wednesdays through Fridays until August 18th.

Appointments are welcome and strongly recommended! Please email africanstudies [at] for staff and faculty contact information to make an in-person or virtual appointment.


Members of the Stanford Community

  • At this time, fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and postdocs who have (1) listed their vaccination date(s) and manufacturers in Health Check and (2) uploaded an image of their documentation on Health Check will not be required to make daily Health Check submissions when coming to campus (unless they become symptomatic or receive a positive COVID test result) or to undergo regular testing.
  • If you are not vaccinated, please complete the Stanford Health Check Tool to self-report your health status.
  • Courtesy (Spouse) ID card and Retiree ID card holders must complete the Stanford Visitor: Daily COVID-19 Health Attestation Form in lieu of the Health Check Tool
  • To help minimize interactions between nonessential visitors and the Stanford community, visitors to academic and residential areas of Stanford campuses are largely restricted to those approved to be onsite for education, research, and official business purposes.
  • Visitors coming on-site to Encina Commons must be approved by a staff or faculty member in Stanford Global Studies prior to their visit.


Email and Phone

Email: africanstudies [at]
Phone: (650) 736-6253

Mailing Address

Attn: Center for African Studies
615 Crothers Way
127 Encina Commons
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

Office Location

Center for African Studies
615 Crothers Way
127 Encina Commons
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

Directions and Parking

Our office is located on the first floor of Encina Commons across the street from the Graduate School of Business. We encourage you to download and print both the Parking and Circulation Map and Visitor Map and bring them with you.

Public Transport

  1. Take CalTrain to the Downtown Palo Alto station or Buses to the Palo Alto Transit Center (adjacent to the train station)
  2. Catch the free Marguerite Shuttle Line Y from the station
  3. Get off at the stop at the intersection of Galvez and Serra Streets

Driving Directions

From 101:

  1. Take the Embarcadero Road exit
  2. Head east on Embarcadero St. toward the Stanford campus
  3. After crossing El Camino Real, Embarcadero Street changes names to Galvez Street
  4. Continue east on Galvez Street until you reach Serra Street
  5. Turn left on Serra Street to find parking

From 280:

  1. Take the Sandhill Road exit, head west toward campus
  2. Turn right on Stock Farm Road, then left on Campus Drive West. Follow Campus Drive to Galvez Street
  3. Take a right on Galvez Street until you reach Serra Street
  4. Turn left on Serra Street to find parking


Parking is free on campus after 4:00 pm on weekdays and is free all day on weekends. Before 4:00 pm, limited meter parking is available in front of Encina Hall as well as on Galvez Street, Serra Street, and Memorial Way (between Alumni Center  and the SIEPR Building on Galvez Street). We suggest parking in the underground structure #7 at the Knight Management Center (business school) on the corner of Campus Dr East and Bonair Siding. For more information, please consult Parking and Transportation

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