Boston Globe: Students Switching Activism to Boardroom
Students Switching Activism to Boardroom
Boston Globe, August 14, 2007
[The face of student activism at colleges and universities is changing.] Instead of occupying the president's office, students who want change on campus are angling for a seat at the boardroom table. Using PowerPoint presentations and research proposals, they are persuading colleges to adopt more socially conscious investment policies. In turn, universities are giving students more of a say on investments.
"Student activism today has a much more hard-nosed, realistic edge," said Zachary Mason, an Amherst College senior who led a successful campaign last year to get the college to divest from Sudan. "We're not taking over administration buildings; we're walking into the administration building with business suits on."