After 15 years of working with students, alumni, and other university stakeholders to make endowments a force for social, racial, environmental, and economic justice, REC has decided to close our doors. We are keeping information about Our Work available online for those who would like to reference past campaigns.
Please also check out Responsible Endowments Funds for more information about alumni organizing.
The alumni program was established to build support for REC campaigns (fossil fuel divestment, prison divestment, reinvestment, etc.) by bringing alumni and community power to bear on campus struggles. The idea was to help student campaigns in base-building and creating a stronger network outside of campuses to support endowment justice in universities. The program worked with alumni and community members by providing them with ongoing organizing education and skill development.
The REC Alumni & Community Outreach program believed in broadening the scope of youth and student divestment movements, which have often stayed within the confines of the campus. Endowment campaigns must reflect the interests of communities beyond the student body because youth-led campaigns have far-reaching implications for society at large. Intergenerational organizing is a way to sustain lessons learned over time between older and current generations to ensure that today’s movements are constantly improving. By organizing alumni and community members to work alongside youth and students on endowment justice campaigns, we built stronger, people powered movements for a just and sustainable economy and society.
The Alumni & Community Outreach Program was officially launched in October 2015. The program was established to amplify the demands of student campaigns by coordinating alumni to get involved in endowment justice campaigns at their alma maters.