Stanford Reunion Homecoming always warms me up in the best way. Oddly situated within midterm season, it is a gentle reminder that there is a life after Stanford. With around 6,000 attendees, previous Stanford classes make their presence felt on campus as they swarm once again. With red lanyards around their necks and a general…
While Ellery Dake ’14 was a Stanford undergraduate, another student — then a member of the football team — allegedly raped her. Nearly eight years later, this January, Dake began pursuing punitive action against him through Stanford’s Title IX Office.
Our money and our values are inextricably intertwined. As Stanford faculty and an alum, I encourage Stanford to invest in a fossil free future, which will pay dividends for many generations to come.
In April 2013, in my role as a San Francisco Supervisor, when an initiative came before the Board of Supervisors urging our retirement board to fully divest of fossil fuel holdings within five years, I noted that it would be ironic to have San Francisco’s employees’ retirement money in pension funds supporting fossil fuels. Individuals look to their retirement funds for a comfortable future – not one compromised by climate change.
Everything we do to serve the public is made more difficult by climate change, so why on earth should our money finance the corporations that make climate change worse and hold us back from the political solutions we need to save ourselves?
In divesting its holdings in coal, Stanford made a modest acknowledgement of this interconnectedness. Further divestment of the University’s holdings in fossil fuels would be an appropriate complement to Stanford’s leadership both in climate-related research and in innovation for societal good.
We applaud the Board for its policy with respect to investments in coal. But Stanford’s Trustees must come to understand the full dimensions of the carbon equation; when they do, they will change Stanford’s investment policy, and ensure that Stanford retains its hard-earned place of global leadership.
Over 6,000 Stanford alumni returned to campus this past weekend to celebrate their fifth through 70th class reunions.