Student Leadership Development

We conduct a number of annual signature programs to develop future leaders in the responsible investment movement. These programs are essential to the long term leadership development for student organizers on REC campaigns. 

Summer Organizing Retreat (SOR)

This program builds a strong foundation for campus organizers, especially those interested in endowment campaigns, confronting neoliberalism in higher education, and alternative economics. Over the course of a week, participants will get a deep dive into everything from setting demands, facilitation, direct action planning, and coalition building, as well as accessible political education and community building.

Training for Trainers (T4T)

T4T is an opportunity for REC’s star student organizers to deepen their facilitation and popular education skills. Participants get a “deep dive” into popular education pedagogy, curriculum development and execution, facilitation, and how to creating different types of spaces for collective action. This program also acts as a recruitment opportunity for peer facilitators to be chosen to run workshops at our SORs. Over the course of three days participates get a deep dive into popular education pedagogy, logistical support for trainings, curriculum development and execution, and facilitation practice.  


REC leads a variety of conferences for students, alumni, and other university constituencies. Recent conferences include:

    • UnConference is a three-day student-led event that converges students from across the endowment justice movement to build connections and shared values between campaigns. In 2016, it brought together campaigners from the prison divestment and fossil fuel divestment movements. 
    • Intentionally Designed Endowment Student Forum at Mt. Holyoke

The SRI Conference Scholarship Program

REC is honored to serve as fiscal sponsor for The SRI Conference's Student Scholarship Program. 

International Solidarity Program (ISP)

REC supports international trips that connect student campaigners to activists fighting corporate greed on the frontlines. In 2013, we supported a delegation of Harvard students on a trip to Argentina to investigate land grabs by companies in which Harvard was invested. In 2016, REC led fossil fuel divestment campus activists on a trip to the Philippines to learn from grassroots people’s organizations that are fighting coal-fired power plants, re-building their lives after Typhoon Haiyan, and resisting seizure of their land by extractive industry. 

Student Fellowships

REC’s Internship Program provides a multi-week opportunity for current students to build their political analysis through mentorship from REC staff. Core responsibilities of our interns may include: generating organizing resources, supporting development projects, conducting endowment research, building digital content and infrastructure, and assisting in the coordination of convenings and events. In addition to the core responsibilities, there is an intense focus on all participants receiving support on their personal organizing practices and skills.






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