Divest Whitman

We Divested

On November 9th, 2018, after years of pressure from Divest Whitman, the Whitman Board of Trustees unanimously voted to divest Whitman from the top 200 fossil fuel companies assigned by Carbon UnderGround.

Since its inception in 2012, Divest Whitman has carried out a dynamic campus campaign. The span of its activism includes conducting independent research, attending national climate conferences, coordinating with Whitman faculty and student government, and sponsoring rallies and actions on campus. In 2014, Whitman held a mock wedding between “Ms. Whitman” and “Mr. Fossil Fuels,” which was featured by the Associated Press and the local ABC station’s evening news. In 2015, Divest Whitman hosted a Climate March with 200 attendees, and a sit-in inside Memorial Hall during the spring Board of Trustee meeting with 272 attendees. That same year Divest Whitman passed three successful pieces of legislation: an ASWC resolution that calculated the financial implications of divestment and proposed a specific request, a faculty resolution with near unanimous support, and a student referendum with 85 percent of students voting in favor. 

The mission of Divest Whitman is to convince the board of trustees to remove Whitman’s fiscal investments in the fossil fuel industry and thus hold the College accountable to the values, policies, and beliefs implicit in the mission of Whitman. Divest Whitman aims to unify and rally the community in support of divestment, and to communicate the urgency and necessity of this movement to the board.