Network Structure

The Divestment Student Network is both a place to build connections and share knowledge among campaigns, and a structure to facilitate work on shared projects that will increase the effectiveness of the student divestment movement and further our contribution to the climate justice movement as a whole. With those aims in mind, the Network is organized into three main parts: the DSN Assembly, the Vision Council, and Working Groups.

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1. The DSN Assembly:

Our goal is to create a wide and representative Network that includes voices from as many divestment campaigns as possible. To that end, we are hosting bi-weekly Assembly Calls where representatives of campus campaigns can call in to participate in collective discussion and strategizing.  Assembly calls include space for:

Sharing: campaign updates, tactic-sharing, and co-mentoring through question and answer sessions

Collective Learning: facilitated discussions, storytelling, panels, guest speakers about strategy, theory of change, campaign strategy, etc.

Participatory Decision-making: as members of the Divestment Student Network, members of the Assembly will vote on proposals brought to the Network, including proposed coordinated actions and projects of the full Network. Each campus has one vote in the Assembly.

WHO CAN JOIN THE ASSEMBLY?

Anyone involved in a divestment campaign is welcome on Assembly Calls! Representatives from campus campaigns and members of DSN Working Groups have a vote in the Assembly; staff organizers and divestment alumni are welcome to join in discussion as non-voting members.

Assembly Calls happen every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 9:00-10:30 EST

Call-in Number: 605-562-3000

Access Code: 548662#

2. The Vision Council:

The Vision Council is the coordinating body of the Divestment Student Network. The Vision Council is tasked with discussing and formulating long-term strategic vision for the Network, including proposing coordinated actions and projects; identifying decision that must be made by the DSN Assembly; being available for quick responses to actions and events, and make action proposals to the Network; Coordinating and supporting work done in Working Groups; Coodinating Network-wide communications; and facilitating Assembly Calls.

WHO IS ON THE VISION COUNCIL?

Ideally the Vision Council will consist of 5-10 people from a diversity of regions, types of schools (public and private), and stages of campaigns (new and longstanding), including students and recent alumni. Members of the Vision Council will commit to being on the Council for a certain amount of time and are responsible for finding a replacement if/when they have to step back. As a stepping stone to achieve this ideal Council, the first Vision Council will be open to anyone in the Network interested in committing to the above tasks.

3. Working Groups

Working groups are made up of students, recent alums, and can include national organization staff. Working Groups carry out projects of the Network. Working Groups are also included in the Assembly, and each working group has one vote in collective Network decisions. For a list of current working groups and projects, check the Working Groups page.

Alumni Divestment Network

Who We Are:

As our student organizers graduate, college administrators think we’ll lose power. With the Alumni Divestment Network, we’re proving them wrong. The ADN is focused on uniting and supporting movement alums (graduates and college seniors in the divestment movement) to continue organizing post-graduation.  Rather than diminishing in power as student organizers graduate, our movement will grow exponentially stronger as student leaders become movement organizers for the long-haul.

What We Do:

1) Building Political Community:

  • Provide support and resources for alums organizing post-graduation
  • Further political education through a reading group
  • Mentorship for college seniors in their transition into “real world” organizing
  • Build deep relationships among divestment movement alums to continue expanding the power and breadth of the divestment network

2) Leverage Alumni Power for Student Divestment:

  • Assess the needs of student campaigns and determining strategic ways to leverage young alumni organizing capacity to support the student movement
  • Goal of building self-sufficient alumni organizing team to leverage power for the student movement

3) Organize Beyond Divestment:

  • We have a long-term vision of lending organizing energy to other climate justice campaign, as well as bridging the gaps between divestment, reinvestment and other climate justice work.

How To Get Involved:

We invite all movement alumni and college seniors who have been involved in student divestment to join the alumni divestment network.  Contact alumnidivestnetwork@gmail.com to get involved.  Current possibilities for engagement include the political education reading group and the student divestment support team. Look out for upcoming opportunities and feel free to contact us with any questions!

Our Principles

What we believe
1) Climate change is a real and serious threat to current and future generations. Impacts are already being felt in the U.S. and worldwide, and those who have contributed the least to this change are often the most affected by it.

2) The path to ecological sustainability requires a moral and material transformation in our relationships to land, labor and one another. Transitioning away from fossil fuels means transitioning towards justice.

3) The business model of the fossil fuel industry is inherently flawed. It is a pillar holding up a broken economy that extracts life rather than supporting it.

4) Serving the interests of the 1% is not in the mission of our universities, yet they are increasingly coming under corporate control and refusing to act in the interest of students.

Why we unite
5) We have a common stake in this fight. As young people, we will inherit the consequences of a poorly managed environment and economy.

6) Through deep personal relationships, we can challenge and support each other to grow personally and as leaders.

7) Unity increases our local, regional and global impact. Positive social change comes from people standing together, speaking up and taking action.

8) A united national organization provides support for us to continue our social change work beyond divestment. Our engagement will not end with graduation; we are in it for the long haul.

How we make change
9) We build relationships with fellow students, provide opportunities for leadership development, and collectively increase our power and commitment to social change.

10) We take nonviolent direct action to identify the fossil fuel industry as a bad actor and pressure our universities to divest.

11) We support student struggles including those targeting student debt, racial injustice and sexual assault. All of our struggles are bound together and often have the same root cause.

12) We are committed to building alliances with frontline communities, those most impacted by fossil fuel extraction and climate change, as they are the experts in resisting fossil fuels and building a better world.  Strong alliances help us win on divestment and build a broader and more powerful climate justice movement.

Divestment Convergence 2014

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!

UPDATED: Conference Programming. Check it out!

We are deep in the planning process for this year’s Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence! 300 students from across the US and Canada will be converging in San Francisco the weekend of April 4-6. Workshops, speakers, and strategy sessions will focus on building up the student divestment movement, strengthening campus campaigns, and supporting a thriving student movement for climate justice!

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