The Responsible Endowments Coalition is a national student activist network supporting students campaigning for their universities to invest their money in more socially and environmentally responsible ways.
If anyone at your school is looking on a tangible, and achievable campaign, check out the REC website and think about what may be possible at your school.
REC’s national conference is one month away, and would be a PERFECT opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about these issues, meet students around the country who are working on campaigns at their own schools, and learn best practices from former organizers.
What?: Harnessing the Power of Our Universities’ Money: REC’s 7th Annual National Conference
When?: Saturday & Sunday, October 9-10, 2010 (Columbus Day weekend), 9am Saturday to 1pm Sunday
Where?: Columbia University, New York City, NY (Food and housing provided; travel funding is available)
Why?: For the past six years, college and university students from around the country have gathered to share information and best practices, tell their stories, collectively strategize, and learn from each other and from REC about the challenges and opportunities facing the responsible investment movement at higher education institutions. This year will be bigger and better than ever: join students organizers past and present, friends of REC, allies, and industry professionals for 1.5 days of everything you need to know about responsible investment and how to harness your university’s money for causes such as:
* Moving university money from Wall Street to the local community
* LGBT equality in the workplace
* Environmental justice issues such as mountaintop removal (MTR)
* Strong corporate sustainability policy
* Workers’ rights, anti-sweatshop standards, and fair trade
* Removing conflict minerals from the supply chain
* Divestment from oppressive regimes
* …and much more.
This is a fantastic opportunity both for beginners to learn more about how students are trying to leverage their universities’ banking and investment practices for societal good, as well as for seasoned activists to learn more about this issue and how to organize around it. No previous knowledge required. There is still time to propose workshops, too!
How?: For all logistical details and to register.