Each Harvard Forward candidate will advocate for the Harvard Forward platform during their tenure on the Board of Overseers. Our policy proposals are designed to address both the symptoms and the causes of Harvard's insufficient response to the climate crisis.
FACING THE CHALLENGES OF TODAY...
Climate change is a threat to everybody, and Harvard is uniquely positioned to be a global leader: we have the resources necessary to take meaningful action and the sociopolitical weight to inspire others to follow. That's why we must act immediately to completely divest our endowment from fossil fuels – to signal our full commitment to addressing this crisis with the seriousness it deserves. We must also bolster our responsible investment practices more broadly to avoid repeating our mistakes, and we must devote more resources to the students and faculty who are developing cross-disciplinary solutions to fight climate change.
...PREPARING FOR THE ISSUES OF TOMORROW
Harvard students and recent alumni have consistently been on the forefront of pushing Harvard forward on critical issues. Whether it was protesting investments in Apartheid South Africa in the 1980s or organizing for fossil fuel divestment today, we've worked hard to make our voices heard. It shouldn't be this difficult. By reserving seats for recent alumni on the Board and institutionalizing Board interaction with students, we're making sure that critical voices and perspectives are included in Harvard's decision-making, today and always.
CLIMATE JUSTICE & RESPONSIBLE INVESTING
INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE & STUDENT VOICES
Complete and swift Divestment of all University assets from fossil fuels.
More transparent and robust processes for developing Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines.
Increased support for climate-focused Research & Education Initiatives.
Reserving six seats on the Board for Recent Alumni Overseers.
Multiple yearly, open Board Town Halls that give students from all our schools a chance to be heard.
Semesterly presentations to the Board by the UC and HGC Presidents.