On April 3, 2020 Project STAND received the New England Archivists (NEA) Advocacy Award during the NEA’s annual business meeting. Karen Adler Abramson, Director of Archives for the JFK Presidential Library and Museum and Immediate Past President and Chair, Awards Nominating Committee of the NEA stated “The NEA Archival Advocacy Award (est. 2002) is given annually to an individual or institution “demonstrating extraordinary support, politically, financially, or through public advocacy, of New England archival programs and records. We believe that Project STAND has played a vital role in ensuring that the important work of student activists, especially those from traditionally marginalized communities and groups, will be represented, recognized. and valued in academic archives and institutional narratives — in New England and throughout the country.”
Eira Tansey, Digital Archivist/Records Manager at the University of Cincinnati and Jessica Ballard, Archivist of Multicultural Collections, University Illinois, Urbana Champaign, accepted the award on behalf of Project STAND. In her remarks, Eira Tansey said, “As we move into a future with a tremendous amount of uncertainty, the work of Project STAND will continue. The other day on social media, I saw a post that said stop imagining the apocalypse and start imagining the revolution. STAND has given us a glimpse of what that may look like for archivists and our users.”
On behalf of all the members of Project STAND, we would like to thank the NEA for this award!