Contemporary student activism is undergoing a transformation as the traditional methods of direct action through demonstrations and protests converge with online practices where organizing, communication, solicitation, and interrogation occurs primarily within digital spaces. As the discourse on centering marginalized communities within mainstream archives emerges, archivists and other information professionals are being tasked to document this rise in student activism, especially movements led by students in those communities. The archival profession must document the full scope of student life with the objective of capturing these richly diverse histories because they are pertinent to the evolution of colleges and universities and their role in society.

Issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion have historically been the most consistent area of student activism at the University of Rhode Island. That history will serve as the backdrop for the June 3, 2019 Project STAND (STudent Activism Now Documented) symposium at URI. It is the second of four symposiums. For highlights of the first symposium held at AUC Woodruff in Atlanta Georgia, click here.

This forum will examine student activism through the lens of difference (including, but not limited to ability, class, gender, race, and sexual orientation) as well as the role of student organizers in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at their colleges and universities. It will provide vital discourse on levels of engagement of student organizers, the impact of place and space first on the development of campus culture and later on student activism, and difference as it pertains to student activism. The forum will also include an investigation of traditional archival praxis within the realm of social media and a discussion of how to forge a more equitable relationship between the record creator and the repository.
The conveners of the second Project STAND symposium seek presentations related to the ways information professionals can best engage with student activists from vulnerable communities to ethically document their experiences and activities. For information about the first Project STAND symposium, see AUC Woodruff highlights.


Robert L. Carothers Library
University of Rhode Island
15 Lippitt Road
Kingston, RI 02881

Speakers and panelists (Confirmed)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Adrienne Keene, Assistant Professor, of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Brown University
Panelist: Cynthia Tobar, Head of Archives, Bronx Community College.
Panelist: Libby Coyner, Archivist, Elon University
Panelist: Chaitra Powell, African American Collections and Outreach Archivist, Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina
Panelist: Dr. Aleia Brown, Program Manager and Mellon/American Council of Learned Society Public Fellow Humanities ActionLab

Campus Map

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Registered attendees will be sent a link to register your vehicle five days prior to the event. This registration will allow you easy access into Lot #6 (Fine Arts) where you will be permitted to park your vehicle for this event. If you choose not to pre-register your vehicle in advance, please stop at the Robert J. Higgins Welcome Center (45 Upper College Road) day of event, to receive a printed pass and then proceed to parking lot. There is accessible parking in Lot #14, which is adjacent to the library.


T.F. Green International Airport, about 20 miles from campus, bus transportation and rental cars available.

Amtrak 800.872.7245. The Kingston railroad station is less than a mile from URI.

(1) R.I. Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) 401.781.9400, 800.244.0444.
(2) Peter Pan Bus Lines (800.556.3815) to Providence (30 miles away) and Newport (17 miles away).



Holiday Inn
3009 Tower Hill Rd, 
South Kingstown, RI 02879
(5.2 miles to venue)
Room block – $99.99 rate. Available 6/2/19-6/4/19. Book by 4/19/19. Group code: PRO

Hampton Inn
20 Hotel Drive
South Kingstown RI
(5.8 miles to venue) 

King’s Rose Bed and Breakfast
1747 Mooresfield Road
South Kingstown, RI 02879,
401-783-5222 (1.3 miles to venue; walkable)

Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina
49 America’s Cup Avenue
Newport RI
(16.8 miles to venue; bridge toll)

Hilton Garden Inn
1 Thurber Street
Warwick, RI
(21.8 miles to venue; near airport)

Nearby Dining Options


Kingston Emporium (adjacent to campus) includes:

Near Holiday Inn South Kingstown: