Alumni have a valuable role to play in the divestment movement. Colleges view their alumni as ambassadors of their institution, as well as current and prospective donors.
Alumni can offer support to campus campaigns in lots of ways:
- Resources by donating to campaigns, sponsoring students to attend trainings and conferences, offering your house as an event or meeting space
- Connections by talking to other alumni or faculty you know, spreading the word through organizations you are part of
- Legitimacy by endorsing the campaign, writing letters in support of divestment to the president, writing op eds, sharing your perspective as an alum on why your college should divest
- Leverage by pledging not to donate until the college divests or pledging to donate a certain amount if the college divests, doing a public action at alumni events
If your college has not yet divested:
101: Email your college administration and ask them why they have not divested yet. Be vocal on social media and tweet at your college.
201: Find out if there is an active student group by checking out our campaign map. Reach out to them and ask how you can help!
301: Consider launching a petition drive among alumni (or add signatures to an existing one).
401: Host a house party of alumni in your area to educate them about divestment and to explore more ways to support the campaign.
If your college has divested:
Great! But check to see that they have divested all their investments and done so accountably. If they have not, ask them why not.
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Divest Ed doesn't yet have the capacity to provide targeted support for alumni, but we hope to as we grow our resources and hire more staff. Want to help? Consider pitching in to help fund our movement work!