The Homophiles of Penn State, or HOPS, was founded in 1971. Originally called “The Other Vision: Homophiles of Penn State,” the student organization aimed to “change attitudes on homosexuality through legal reform, public education and individual counseling.” Membership was open to all students and local community members, defining homophile as, “anyone, homosexual or heterosexual who advocates the end of discrimination against homosexuals.” The group’s charter however, was challenged by Penn State University administration, which cited question of legality of such a group at a public university.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
Student activism has and continues to serve as a critical component to the development of a truly democratic society. The collections featured here are from various colleges and universities and they highlight the struggles, victories, and challenges of student movements throughout history.
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In the fall of 2016, Project STAND (Student Activism Now Documented) was established to initially bring together academic institutions across the state of Ohio and discuss ways to share information about the collections and materials related to student activism on their campuses, with a primary focus on marginalized student identities (African American, LGBTQ, Chicano/a, differently abled, Asian Americans, indigenous populations etc.) This exciting initiative was initially conceived by Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, University Archivist at Kent State University who reached out to Tamar Chute, University Archivist at The Ohio State University, on the possibility of creating a centralized hub for academic archives focusing on underrepresented communities’ engagement in social justice activities on and off campus.
Project STAND is an online clearinghouse where academic institutions can provide researchers a centralized access point to historical and archival documentation on the development and on-going occurrences of student dissent. Project STAND focuses on digital and analog primary sources that document the activities of student groups that represent the concerns of historically marginalized communities (e.g., African American, Chicano/a, LGBTQ, religious minorities, disabled, etc.). STAND will also highlight the work of others (e.g., faculty, staff, and administrators) who advocate for or support the interests of those communities.
More information about participating institutions can be found here.