Campus Updates April 2010


American University


We're working on gathering signatures on our petition to show student support, and finishing our Community Investment proposal. Our group is expanding and many alumni have expressed support.


Bard College


We're currently working on a widespread information spreading campaign on campus, and we're finishing our proxy voting guidelines.


Brown University


Brown became the first school to take action on labor abuses by HEI, a private company that operates several hotel chains in the U.S. Read more at http://www.yaledailynews.com/crosscampus/2010/03/15/brown-speaks-out-embattled-investment-yale-alleged/


Dartmouth College


Students for Staff are offering teach-ins the first week of spring term, culminating when the trustees are meeting. Hoping to change the structure of the ACIR so it has greater power over investment decisions


Dickinson College


Students on their CIR are busy voting proxies this season and supporting students who have entered the Cornell SustaInvest competition for sustainable investment.


Drew College


Students on their CIR are actively outreaching to other CIRs to learn how they operate. They are also interested in pursuing a community investment campaign as well as getting Drew to sign on to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment.


Hampshire College


Officials have refused to respond to repeated inquiries about the status of their responsible investment policy, which was suspended last year after the Palestine divestment situation.


Howard University


Students hope to include SRI in the Earth Day activities and are continuing to work to open the campus credit union to students.


Loyola University of Chicago


The CIR filed a shareholder resolution against financing mountaintop removal mining at JP Morgan Chase. The resolution was omitted but the company has agreed to take a public stand against mountaintop removal mining. You can read more at http://www.endowmentethics.org/news-media/archives/205.


Luther College


Students submitted a proposal for an SRI committee at the end of last semester and have been meeting with a fairly receptive administration regarding next steps.


Swarthmore College


Swat representatives attended the REC roundtable on shareholder engagement and hope to pursue greater collaboration with other area universities. They plan to host a similar collaborative roundtable this fall.


UC Berkeley and the UCs


The UC Coalition for Responsible Investment continues to organize around proxy voting by bringing speakers to campus and raising awareness about the issue in advance of the upcoming Regents meeting. Students for Justice in Palestine at Berkeley successfully got a student senate resolution that asked the university to divest from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territory. The student president vetoed it but the senate will consider overriding his veto later this month.


University of Chicago


Students continue to push for a responsible investment policy and plan to submit a proposal to their administration by the end of spring semester.


University of Virginia


Students in the Socially Responsible Investment Organization successfully convinced their student government to support their proposal for the responsible investment of UVA’s endowment. You can read more at (http://www.cavalierdaily.com/2009/12/01/studco-expresses-support-for-investment-proposal/).




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