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The report comes as environmental activists at Harvard and elsewhere call for colleges and universities to divest from fossil fuel companies.
The University remains opposed to divesting its $35.9 billion endowment from fossil fuels, steadfast in the face of numerous sit-ins and demonstrations by students, alumni, and faculty affiliated with the activist group Divest Harvard.
In a year of campus challenges to her leadership, Drew Faust’s tactical side was on full display. The strategy of public non-engagement favored by Harvard’s eighth-year president has supporters fawning but some campus constituencies feeling disrespected.
While administrators harbored mixed feelings for the anti-apartheid and anti-tobacco movements, on the whole they acknowledged students’ interest in the issues and right to protest respectfully.
Protesters hang a banner from the upper floors of Massachusetts Hall on the second day of their weeklong April blockade of the administrative building, which houses University President Drew G. Faust’s office.
Canyon S. Woodward '15 of student activist group Divest Harvard hangs a banner during a protest in Massachusetts Hall on Feb. 12. A group of students rushed into the building during one of multiple protests demanding that the University divest from fossil fuels.
A speaker addresses the crowd of students gathered to protest Harvard's investment in South African holdings during the late 1980s. A sign reads: "Put Apartheid Out of Business."
Crowds gather in support of Harvard's divestment from its South African holdings in the late 1980s.
Members of the student activist group Divest Harvard blockade entrances to Massachusetts Hall on Wednesday to protest the recent appointment of Thomas J. Hollister, a former oil executive, as University chief financial officer.
The group blocked entrances to the administrative building for the second time this semester in protest of the appointment of new University Chief Financial Officer Thomas J. Hollister, who is a former oil executive.
Divest Harvard campus organizers gathered at the Institute of Politics on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the movement’s further actions over webcam with Senator Tim Wirth, former President of the United Nations Foundation.