Campus Updates, April 2011: news from Boston University, Grinnell College, Miami University of Ohio, and more!



REC’s presence at Power Shift 2011 was a huge success! We had a great workshop attended by a number of enthusiastic activists from all over the country, including a number of campuses new to the REC network, including Virginia Tech, Georgia Southern University, SUNY Purchase, Trinity University, the University of Montana, and many more!

A coalition of students at Boston University is in talks with their administration about the creation of a responsible investment committee, as well as instituting investment screens around a number of issues of concern to the community.

Fordham for the Bronx, a student group at Fordham University, has submitted a community investment proposal that has been well-received by the administration (although no official word yet.) Check out the full story here.

At Grinnell College, the Student Investment Committee hosted a forum recently on responsible investment and what it means at their school. Read the campus media coverage here.

REC was happy to meet a number of activists from Loyola University of New Orleans face-to-face for the first time at Power Shift 2011! The Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP) is considering responsible investment as an official campaign for the 2011-2012 school year.

Macalester College students and committee members are contemplating the creation of a student-run SRI fund. REC is eager to support their efforts!

Students at Miami University of Ohio are in the early stages of talks with the administration about how to make the university a more responsible investor.

Students at Middlebury College are putting the finishing touches on their report on Middlebury’s new sustainability fund, while also thinking about the potential for cross-campus organizing with other university clients that share fund managers.

At Tufts University, a community investment proposal endorsed by a wide variety of stakeholders in the university has been received by the administration. REC is hopeful that we will be able to add Tufts to our list of community investment success stories!

The University of Oregon’s ReVest campaign is at a crossroads following unsuccessful talks with the University of Oregon Foundation around the creation of a responsible investment committee, and are discussing next moves for this school year and the next.

At Washington University in St. Louis, students and other stakeholders are working hard to assemble their newly-won Investment Responsibility Advisory Committee with the support of REC.

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