Hammarskjöld opened as the International Co-op in the 1972-1973 academic year. It is named after Dag Hammarskjöld, a former Secretary General of the United Nations. The plan for the house was initiated by several international students, in coordination with the Bechtel International Center, as a place to nurture their differences and explore their own experiences.
Like many of the other co-ops, Hamm has a history of involvement in a range of social justice causes both domestic and international. During student protests against Stanford’s investment in the apartheid South African government, Hammarskjöld was a vital meeting place for community organizers. This legacy continues to this day, with recent student involvement in protesting discriminatory citizenship laws in India.
The theme of “International Understanding” is very important at Hammarskjöld.