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Row: Hammarskjöld

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Hammarskjöld, the “house with the large front porch and tall columns,” is Stanford’s international-themed Co-Op. Located at 592 Alvarado Row, it is one of the smallest of the Co-Ops, with 33 total residents including staff. 

Hammarskjöld opened as the International Co-Op in the academic year 1973-1974, and 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.

The theme of “International Understanding” is very important at Hammarskjöld. All residents agree to present a theme project at some point during the year, and applicants are asked to submit possible ideas for theme projects. This means that we have all the normal social events a row house would have (Special Dinner, roomwarming, ski trip, etc.), but each resident also gets to throw an international theme event, which can be anything from watching a Bollywood movie, throwing a Chinese New Year Party, to cooking a traditional Thai dinner.

Like many of the other Co-Op, 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.  

As part of their commitment to the community, residents present one educational theme project to house residents, lead one house dinner as Head Chef and assist with house cleaning (biweekly resident clean shift, weekly house job, and end of quarter clean).

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