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.
Neighborhood N: Branner, Crothers, Toyon, 620 Mayfield, 1035 Campus, Durand, Hammarskjöld, Robert Moore North (Well House), Roth, and apartments in Mirrielees and EVGR-A Duan