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More than a year later, divestment process continues

Jessica Lilly, News Reporter

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 an email to the Whitman community about a Board of Trustees Thank You Letter Party to be held at the Out...

WIC and Divest Whitman Seek Avenues for Sustainable Investment

WIC and Divest Whitman Seek Avenues for Sustainable Investment

Rylee Neville, Staff Reporter

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 the college to divest its endowment. After divesting, WIC sought the help of Divest Whitman to f...

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

Illustration by Taylor Penner-Ash

Ben Freedman, humor editor

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, Whitman College will divest its endowment from fossil fuel companies, and directly move the fund...

Divestment movement expands fight against all forms of fossils

Clara Wheeler, Humor Writer

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 and one-upping each other on how long they can go without showering. “We suddenly came to the r...

Guardian’s Climate Campaign Fails to Challenge NeoLiberal Status Quo

Olivia Gilbert, Columnist

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

Lane Barton

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

Sara Platnick

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

Ellen Ivens-Duran

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

Ellen Ivens-Duran

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

Andy Monserud

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, we invite you to familiarize yourself with the Divest Whitman campaign. Three years ago, a grou...

Students sit in for divestment as trustees deliberate

Photo by Annabelle Marcovici.

Natalie Berg

May 7, 2015

From noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 272 students, faculty and staff members joined members of ASWC and Divest Whitman in a sit-in to protest the college's investments in fossil fuels. During the sit-in, ASWC President senior Tatiana Kaehler presented the recently-passed ASWC Resolution to the Boa...

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