Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) is the practice of actively investing in green, progressive, and responsible companies, while divesting from companies that violate human rights, sell weapons for genocide, or destroy the environment.
Many many other colleges are jumping on it, and have been for a while.
Unfortunately, a sub-section of the board of trustees decided that the investment managers we employ should not employ SRI. Rather, that we should prioritize the highest revenues so that we can continue to bring a "high quality of education" to the Oberlin students, so that they can go do great things AFTER college, like joining corporate america, starting progressive, green, responsible yet market savy and financially robust companies.
In response to Student Protests that have happened in the past, the college has divested from sudan and apartheid south africa. That was cool, but that was a while ago.
What Oberlin has done:
Oberlin now has a "student socially responsible investment committee", made up of 5 students
(currently Marlo Barrara, Jonathan Sydney, Lucia-Ann Kolinski, Amanda Jacir, and Annie Lukins)
Our job is to:
(1) to advise the Investment Office and the Investment Committee on shareholder resolutions being proposed for companies in which the College has long-term direct investments; and
(2) to research and recommend to the Investment Office and the Investment Committee socially responsible investments.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH US THEN GET ON IT!!!!!!! THERE WILL BE TWO SPOTS AVAILABLE IN THE FALL
What we need to do:
* Push the trustees for further divestment
* Push them to invest in specific, progressive organizations