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Exploring Whitman’s endowment

October 15, 2020

Austerity measures instituted in response to budget shortfalls this year have brought attention to Whitman College’s 565.3 million dollar endowment. In response to a projected $19 million loss in revenue,...

More than a year later, divestment process continues

March 12, 2020

On Nov. 8, 2018, the Board of Trustees voted to begin divesting from fossil fuels.  On Nov. 7, 2019, just one day before the divestment decision’s first anniversary, sophomore Karsten Beling sent...

WIC and Divest Whitman Seek Avenues for Sustainable Investment

WIC and Divest Whitman Seek Avenues for Sustainable Investment
March 5, 2018

Whitman Investment Company (WIC), sold its last oil share a few weeks ago, officially divesting from fossil fuels. WIC then reached out to Divest Whitman, a student-led organization devoted to pressuring...

Whitman divests from fossil fuels, invests endowment in Coltan mining operation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

Illustration by Taylor Penner-Ash
November 8, 2016

Environmentally inclined Whitties rejoice! The years of hard work from Divest Whitman have finally paid off, and the board of trustees has listened to the call for climate justice. Effective immediately,...

Divestment movement expands fight against all forms of fossils

November 3, 2016

The Whitman Divestment movement needs to take things to the next level, according to club leader Gresham Merkel. The realization came about as the group was sitting around the GAC, eating leftover donuts...

Guardian’s Climate Campaign Fails to Challenge NeoLiberal Status Quo

May 5, 2016
It is painful to see a major news outlet ignore questions that need to be asked and criticisms that need to see the light of day—it is painful because it happens over and over again in the media.

Divestment Discussions Continue in New Forms

April 28, 2016
Conversation about divestment continue via feedback provided to the Divestment Policy Working Group and an ASWC resolution.

Divestment Policy Working Group Solicits Feedback on Framework

April 7, 2016
The Divestment Policy Working Group is asking for community input on their proposed framework for assessing proposals for divestment.

College considers socially responsible investing

January 28, 2016
In response to student pressure, Whitman’s administration announced the formation of the Divestment Policy Working Group via email on Tuesday.

Administration considers socially responsible investing

November 5, 2015
Whitman students have never had a firm grasp on where the college’s money is invested, much less any say in the College’s financial practices. That may be about to change.

Divestment creates Responsible Endowment Fund

Adyiam Kimbrough 1st year
Alya Bohr 1st year
Lorah Steichen 4th year
Thomas Meinzen 1st year
October 1, 2015
With countless Whitman alumni on campus for class reunions last weekend, Divest Whitman promoted their new Responsible Endowment Fund, which enables alumni and other donors to show monetary support for the group.

An Open Letter to President Murray from Divest Whitman

September 10, 2015

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,...

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