February Campus Updates

Bard
The Committee at Bard is hoping to approve proxy voting guidelines is likely to focus on spreading awareness at the school through lectures and possibly following in Columbia's footsteps with some type of SRI curriculum in the upcoming semester. We may have exhausted our shareholder activist potential for this year as our portfolio has remained surprisingly clean. Obviously we will continue to look for options in that area but the members and I agree that capitalizing on the strong and healthy activist culture at Bard is the best use of the committee's time at this point. Our community investment attempts continue to stall though we will continue to try different approaches on that.

Brandeis University
Our committee met with our COO (as we didn't have a CIO at the time) who seemed supportive just before the break. He explained to us the basic institutional structure of control of investments at Brandeis and recommended we write him a letter thanking him for our meeting and giving an overview of our argument for increased transparency and student input in investments, which he would give to the investment committee of the board of trustees. We sent him the letter, so that's where we are now. We'll probably try to talk to the new CIO soon.

Carleton College
So we're struggling to get through the proxy season as usual. It's a little hectic, but otherwise we have a good dynamic on the committee. In terms of voting guidelines we have run into problems with the administration. We are curious about what other committees have done with guidelines, as our trustees are almost sure to reject anything rigid or set that we bring to them. As it is they have been asking us for very detailed analysis of the possible outcomes of any resolutions we propose to them. Maybe we can tackle it in the spring after more research.

Columbia University
The Committee plans to spend the spring voting proxies and working with the Trustees to ensure their approval of the proxy voting guidelines drafted last year. The Committee also hopes to learn more about filing resolutions and continue to engage in corporate dialogue.

Grinnell College
We're back in bilzzardy and blustery Iowa and rejuvenated from break and excited about SRI. We’re talking about some other potentially more radical routes we as a group might take in our endeavor to get Grinnell to be more SR and are open to ideas. We're going to continue to research proxies and encourage the Trustees to vote on them.

Hampshire College
The administration suspended the socially responsible investment policy and students continue to engage their administration on its reinstitution.

Haverford College
The Committee is co-hosting a REC Roundtable on Shareholder Advocacy on March 18th from 4-6pm, followed by an SRI networking hour. In addition the Committee continues to express interest in filing a resolution.

Howard University
The campaign for a committee at Howard continues to be stymied by a lack of transparency from the finance office, which refuses to release information to students.

Loyola University Chicago
Loyola’s Shareholder Advisory Committee lead-filed a resolution on mountaintop removal financing at JP Morgan Chase. The committee is actively looking for other investors who would like to join the dialogue Chase has now opened with the shareholders on this issue. If you’re interested please contact Elaine Lehman at elehma1@luc.edu.

Macalester College
A broad coalition of student groups continues to push for a more comprehensive responsible investment policy.

Middlebury College
At Middlebury we have a January term that lasts for just over three weeks. For this time period there are less students on campus, but those who are here are just taking one class. So, our hope as the SRI club is to use these three weeks as an educational opportunity to inform the student body about SRI at Middlebury and beyond. We want to have three or events...one each week. We have asked several professors to speak on a panel for the first event. The second one would be an information session about the developing Choice Fund that has not yet been made official, but that the Board of Trustees has agreed to create. The final one would be a sort of open forum for students to talk about next steps for SRI at Middlebury, once the Choice Fund has been created. So that's J-term. Once Spring semester has started we hope to be wrapping up the final details for the creation of the Choice Fund.

Ohio State University
Recently, members of the Undergraduate Student Government at OSU have begun looking at the examples on investment responsibility and are particularly interested in beginning an initiative to create a committe on investment responsibility.

Tufts University
The Committee and Students at Tufts for Investor Responsibility (STIR) continue to advocate for broader committee membership and the development of structures like proxy voting guidelines and a social choice fund that will help deepen the school’s commitment to responsible investment.

University of California
The UC Responsible Investment Coalition held a retreat in January for students interested in pushing the Regents and the campus foundations to adopt committees on investor responsibility. The group developed goals and created working groups to take the necessary steps to move forward. UCRIC plans to be vocal at Regents meetings and on campuses this spring.

University of Chicago
Students for Democratic Society at the University of Chicago plan to challenge their school’s policy of “no responsible policy” this spring by raising the campus community’s awareness of the issue and working with administrators to come to a resolution.

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Net Impact graduate and undergradute students continue to work with the administration toward setting up a comittee on responsible investing. We are currently meeting with the administration to discuss develping proxy voting guidelines and with student government to secure that body’s support for the effort.

University of North Dakota
We at SDS have a written proposal for a socially responsible investment committee that would be housed under student government. We plan to begin working with the University Investment Committee, the Alumni Foundation, and student senators to get the committee established.

Washington University-St. Louis

Washington University Students for Endowment Transparency continues to push for greater investment accountability and a multi-stakeholder process for investment decision.

Yale

Students are preparing for the committee's annual meeting where they hope to push the committee to enact the reforms outlined in the Responsible Endowment Project's report, available at www.responsibleendowment.com.  They are also circulating petitions that they believe will raise awareness and demonstrate the broad support on campus for greater transparency and broader purview of the committee.












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