We have the ideas about how to move Yale forward into the 21st Century and the plans to make it happen. Read them below.
Make Yale carbon-neutral by 2030 and prioritize climate action at the highest levels of the University.
Set more robust processes for developing socially responsible investment guidelines.
Eliminate the 5-year disenfranchisement rule for Yale College alumni in Corporation elections.
Fully account for, disclose and divest all University assets from fossil fuels as quickly as possible.
Increase transparency surrounding the University’s financial administration.
Increase representation, transparency, and accessibility of the Yale Corporation.
FACING THE CHALLENGES OF TODAY...
Yale is uniquely positioned to be a global leader in our fight against climate change. We have the resources necessary to take meaningful action and the unique fortune to inspire others to follow. That's why we must act immediately to realign the endowment’s investment strategy toward a more sustainable and resilient future and devote more resources to the students and faculty who are developing cross-disciplinary solutions to fighting the climate crisis.
...PREPARING FOR THE ISSUES OF TOMORROW...
Climate change is not the only moral issue that weighs on Yale’s endowment managers. Yale became a leader in endowment justice in 1972 when it adopted The Ethical Investor as a moral framework for institutional investing. Unfortunately, the processes in place to enact this framework have failed repeatedly, on Apartheid, tobacco, fossil fuels and more. We propose a restructuring of the Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility to hold Yale accountable in making sure that its investments align with its mission, positioning Yale as a moral leader in all aspects of society.
... AND ENSURING INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE
In order to best serve the needs of the Yale community, the Board of Trustees must first represent all of us. Currently, Yale College alumni are disenfranchised from voting for the Board of Trustees for five years due to a rule first established in 1871 . Just six of the 16 seats on the Corporation are elected , leading to a lack of diversity of sitting Trustees. We must guarantee that all alumni have a voice in our elections and ensure that the Corporation acts transparently and reflects the diversity of the Yale alumni community.
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