Archiving Joy and Trauma

The Humanization of BIPOC Communities

September 18-22, 2023 in Atlanta GA

Project STAND’s Second Residency Program

Program Info

2nd Residency Program

Project STAND and the AUC Woodruff Library will host a one-week, in-person residency September 18–22, 2023 in Atlanta, GA. The residency will invite six individuals to serve in a cohort to create a digital educational resource as an extension of Project STAND’s Archiving Student Activism Toolkit.

The theme for our second residency is: Archiving Joy and Trauma: The Humanization of BIPOC Communities. The residency will focus on amplifying the importance of humanizing the existence of Black, Indigenous, People of Color that represent the global majority. This residency will include guest speakers whose work focuses on archiving the humanity of the BIPOC community including the joy, trauma, collective knowledge and experiences, intersectional existence, love, creativity, and everyday lives of members of the BIPOC community. These conversations will set the larger stage on the value of the full human experience of those engaged in student organizing.

Resident costs covered

Participants will receive travel, lodging, and a stipend of $600.00

Syreeta Gates

Syreeta Gates, is the keynote speaker for the program. See more information about Syreeta Gates below.

Application Deadline

The deadline to submit the application for consideration is March 31st 2023. Clink the residency application button above to complete the form.

Keynote Speaker

Syreeta Gates

Creative, art collector, and archivist. Syreeta Gates is the founder of The Gates Preserve, a multimedia experience company committed to archiving and preserving hip hop culture such that it lasts forever. She produces “Yo Stay Hungry” — a live culinary competition that bridges hip hop with food and beverage, and is co-owner of Most Incredible Studio which celebrates and commemorates the artists and moments that continue to elevate and define hip-hop culture – through LEGO. She was also on the United States Season 2 of LEGO Masters as the first Black woman. She has produced 4 short films and Gates’ archival work includes research for “The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion” and “A Ballerina’s Tale.” Her feature documentary Shaping the Culture, is the history of hip-hop in print from copy machines to tweets.

Syreeta has been featured in Forbes, RedBull, Black Enterprise, and many other outlets. Her work was lauded in Elena Romero and Elizabeth Way “Fresh Fly Fabulous: 50 Years of Hip Hop Style” (2023), Tony Wagner’s, “Creating Innovators” (2015), and John Schlimm’s book, “Stand Up!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World, And How You Can, Too!” (2013) Gates was also highlighted in Adam Smiley Poswolsky’s “The Quarter-Life Breakthrough: Invent Your Own Path, Find Meaningful Work.” (2016)

Syreeta holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Youth Culture from Hunter College and a Master’s degree in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from New York University. A native New Yorker, Syreeta is based in Queens, New York. #QGTM

Featured Collection


A Home Away From Home: The George A. Jackson Black Cultural Center, Exhibition, Special Collections, and University Archives, Iowa State University


In 2018 Project STAND received a $92,000 grant from IMLS. In 2021 Project STAND received a $750,000 grant from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

Collection Assessments

Collections assessments received from 59 institutions.

Linear Feet

Approximately 5051 linear feet of archival material.


Project STAND has a total membership of 89 institutions and contributors across the country

Activism Topics

There are a total of 12 student activism topics that include African American/Civil Rights, Vietnam/Anti-War, Women’s Rights, LGBTQ+, Asian American, and Latinx

Born Digital/Digitized

There are 238 collections that are born digital/digitized


Project STAND has given out more than $80,000 of microgrants for digitization projects at Howard, FISK, South Carolina State, Tulane, University of Colorado and Kentucky.


Project STAND is now 5 years old!

Project STAND Next General General Meeting 3/16/2023

Resources for Archivists

  • Archiving Student Activisim Toolkit
  • Documenting Student Activisim Without Harm
  • Glossary of Studnet Activism
  • Project STAND CVB

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