A Growing Movement: A Look Back at Divestment in 2015-2016

This spring, the Divest Whitman campaign worked behind the scenes to finish a formal ASWC (Associated Students of Whitman College) Resolution, create a response to the Divestment Policy Working Group’s Divestment Policy, and to plan our annual spring action during the final Board of Trustee meeting of the year. The spring action is always a well-attended event that gains the interest of students, professors, staff, … Continue reading A Growing Movement: A Look Back at Divestment in 2015-2016

Divestment Discussions Continue in New Forms

by Lane Barton Whitman community members are continuing a dialogue about divestment, both by providing feedback on the recent work of the Divestment Policy Work Group (DPWG) and with a resolution passed by Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC). Students, faculty and staff have utilized an open comment period to offer various critiques of the DPWG’s findings regarding a possible framework for evaluating divestment proposals, … Continue reading Divestment Discussions Continue in New Forms

Whitman fossil fuels divestment campaign to stage demonstration

Students of the Divest Whitman campaign will host a “human oil spill” Friday in conjunction with that day’s Board of Trustees meeting. The demonstration will take place at 12:30 p.m. in front of Memorial Hall, organizers said in a news release. The action protests the board’s “continued inaction on fossil fuel divestment despite overwhelming support from the Whitman community in favor of fossil fuel divestment,” … Continue reading Whitman fossil fuels divestment campaign to stage demonstration

College considers socially responsible investing

by Ellen Ivens-Duran In response to student pressure, Whitman’s administration announced the formation of the Divestment Policy Working Group via email on Tuesday. The group is tasked with evaluating if Whitman should implement a framework to guide the Board of Trustees’ response to requests for divestment, and what that framework might look like. The group is composed of five members and will be chaired by … Continue reading College considers socially responsible investing

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An Open Letter to President Murray from Divest Whitman

September 10, 2015 As featured in the The Whitman Pioneer An Open Letter to President Murray from Divest Whitman Dear President Kathleen Murray, It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to Whitman College. As you begin your inaugural semester at Whitman, we invite you to familiarize yourself with the Divest Whitman campaign. Three years ago, a group of students formed Whitman’s contingent of … Continue reading An Open Letter to President Murray from Divest Whitman

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Whitman Students Call for Divestment from Fossil Fuel-Centric Companies

Whitman College students are planning to protest the college’s continued investment of its endowment in fossil-fuel producing companies and let it know the campaign known as Divest Whitman isn’t over, despite the college’s refusal to explore divestment. The protest, set for 4 p.m. Wednesday at Whitman’s Memorial Building, will be a “mock wedding” between Whitman and the fossil fuel industry to illustrate the college’s connection … Continue reading Whitman Students Call for Divestment from Fossil Fuel-Centric Companies

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“No” at Whitman College Spurs Faculty Engagement

We got a “No” and we’re glad we did. After a year and a few months of campaigning for divestment at Whitman College, the Trustees released their first ever official and public statement in response to student calls for action. The publicized letter regarding divestment was in direct response to a proposed resolution from the student government (Associated Students of Whitman College). That resolution, delivered … Continue reading “No” at Whitman College Spurs Faculty Engagement