STAND is the student-led movement to end mass atrocities. At its core, our mission is to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and end genocide. From our innovative Leadership Team to our network of thoughtful and change-oriented student activists, we are mobilizing campuses and communities across the country to act against genocide and mass atrocities worldwide.
Born out of the fight to stop the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, STAND is devoted to creating a sustainable student network that actively fights genocide and mass atrocities wherever they may occur. By creating political will, we hold our elected officials accountable for preventing and ending genocide and mass atrocities, and by supporting young peacebuilders in conflict-affected and post-conflict countries, we help communities build resistance to conflict.
Every successful social movement in history has included a vibrant student voice, and the anti-genocide movement is no exception. As such, STAND is the only student-led organization focused on genocide and atrocity prevention. By sounding the alarm on emerging and ongoing conflicts, mobilizing campuses and communities, building meaningful relationships with policymakers, developing young leaders, and creating innovative campaigns, we are leading members of the anti-genocide movement.
To build, organize, and empower a grassroots network of students and young people committed to advocating for the prevention and mitigation of genocide and mass atrocities wherever they may occur.
We envision a world in which the global community is invested in preventing, mitigating, and sustainably resolving genocide and mass atrocities.
What STAND does:
Students at schools across the world have started STAND chapters and have organized around STAND actions. As the key actors in the fight to build political will for ending genocide, students in STAND organize and educate their peers and communities, advocate to their elected officials for substantial legislative action, divest their schools, cities, and states, and fundraise for civilian protection. Through our campaigns, numerous advocacy and education resources, and help from up our Student Leadership Team, we aim to equip students around the country with the tools to build political will in their communities and strengthen our overall goal of sustaining a permanent anti-genocide constituency. Concurrently we are investing in the next generation of thought leaders in the genocide prevention movement. Through training programs and annual retreats we are fostering and harnessing new and innovative strategies that will guide the atrocity prevention movement now and in the future.