Alumni Divestment Network Principles

 What we believe, how we organize, why we unite:

These principles build off those established by the DSN in order to further clarify the specific intentions and beliefs guiding the ADN organizing community as we build a network of long haul organizers.

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  1. Organizing for climate justice is a life-long commitment. Building a just transition to the non-extractive economy means creating a movement that is sustainable far beyond college graduation. We are committed to building a strong community of young organizers to support each other in bringing our whole selves to this work for the rest of our lives.

  2. Post-college organizers have a unique role to play in strengthening the existing fossil fuel divestment movement, building the movement for climate justice, and fighting for system change beyond divestment. We amplify student voices and support campus organizing, while also advancing off-campus action for climate justice.

  3. We value strong relationships as central to powerful movements and essential to supporting a lifelong commitment to organizing.  Building political community is at the foundation of our work, so that we can maximize our power together.

  4. We are dedicated to overcoming barriers inhibiting folks from organizing post college, including student debt, job insecurity, mental health, isolation, and structural racism and sexism, by developing pathways to financial, mental, and emotional stability in organizing

  5. Fighting for collective liberation and an end to white supremacy is integral in the creation of a powerful and sustainable movement for the long-haul. We aim to advance projects and campaigns in line with the principles of climate and environmental justice and guided by an intersectional racial justice politic.

  6. We are committed to deepening our political analyses, organizing skills, and understandings of the world.  We are committed to learning and growing together, as organizers and as whole people.

  7. We welcome everyone who is looking for political community beyond their campus experience. We use “alum” and “alumni” as broad and inclusive terms for folks no longer organizing on campus. While the ADN is a unique space for recent alums, we are committed to building an intergenerational movement.

Organizing Pledge Project


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One of the most powerful things about the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement is how it has mobilized and trained thousands of students and young people to organize in the fight against the climate crisis. Our targets expect us to stop organizing after graduation. They are waiting for our leaders to graduate so our campaigns will weaken, but we refuse to graduate out of the movement. The state of the crisis demands that we continue organizing for climate and social justice long after we leave campus. Through the Organizing Pledge Project, we are sharing stories about what brings us to this work, and why we are committed to organizing for the long-term.

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Alyssa Lee, UCLA ’14

Dear classmates, fellow students, and fellow organizers,

My name is Alyssa Lee and I graduated from UCLA in Spring 2014. During my college years ,I was involved in countless groups that served to represent UCLA. I was a dedicated member of the Solid Gold Sound Marching Band and played the UCLA Fight Song more times than I can reasonably count.  I was an active sister of Tau Beta Sigma, the honorary band sorority that worked with Girl Scout troops in LA and promoted women in leadership. I was a grantwriter with the Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA and helped to raise over $19,500 for a free clinic that served the homeless in the Greater Los Angeles area. I was an active member of over nine campus organizations. I have cheered for our athletics teams through the heat and the rain. I know how to sing all of our many fight songs (and the harmonies!). If you needed to know where to go on campus to book a room, get some funding, hold an event, I was the person who you asked. I knew the ins and outs of campus and I was proud of it.

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Varshini Prakash, UMass ’15

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Hayden Higgins, Davidson ’12

Dear Davidson,

My name is Hayden Higgins and I am an alumni of Davidson College. I graduated in 2012 and currently live in Washington, DC, where—in my scant free time—I volunteer with a grassroots citizen’s group called DC Divest. As a member of DC Divest, I have given speeches, lobbied councilmembers, and asked for signatures in the freezing cold, all as a part of the divestment movement for climate justice.

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Franky Navarrette, CU Boulder ’16

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Christian O’Rourke, Boston College ’12

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Emily Williams, UCSB ’13

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Sarah Ponticello, Northern Arizona University ’14

With so much emphasis being put on the “Green” movement, the mentality around what being Green is has been lost. It seems no longer to be a personal moral decision to live sustainably, but a corporate logo to instill confidence in a brand. Greenwashing is a serious issue as more and more people are seeking out the morally responsible product. There are no larger corporations that are abusing this than the oil industry. Companies that are determined to pollute our atmosphere and destroy our environment are now targeting the climate movement.

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Sara Blazevic, Swarthmore ’15

Dear fellow youth organizers,

My name is Sara Blazevic and I am a senior at Swarthmore College.

I am an organizer with Swarthmore Mountain Justice, a part of the movement for fossil fuel divestment and climate justice. The fossil fuel industry and college administrators are waiting for student organizing to subside as we graduate, but I am writing to pledge my commitment to this movement for the long haul.

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Caitlin Piserchia, UMontana ’15

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Morgan Curtis, Dartmouth ’14

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Victoria Fernandez, UC Berkeley ’15

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Marcie Smith, Transylvania University

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Nina Macapinlac, Rutgers ’14

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KC Alvey, Cornell ’12

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Silver Hannon, UC Berkeley ’14

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Doug Miller, NYU ’14

Dear Southeastern Seniors,

My name is Doug Miller. I am now 25, and was born in Tallahassee Florida where I now live. I graduated from New York University in May of 2012, and became an organizer with the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network in May of 2014. The fossil fuel industry and college administrators are waiting for student organizing to subside as you graduate, but I am writing to affirm my commitment to you and to our movement for the long haul. I’d like to ask you to do the same.

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PD Gantert, CU Boulder ’16

My Fellow Climate Activists and Justice Organizers,

I am an organizer with Fossil Free CU, a campaign in the movement for fossil fuel divestment and climate justice. I began organizing for divestment two years ago, and know that the fossil fuel industry and my college administrators are waiting for student organizing to subside as we graduate; I am writing to pledge my commitment to this movement for the long haul. Through this, I speak not only to the great challenge that lies ahead, but to the revitalization that comes through movement building. Our movement has a lot of work to do if we are to overcome current and future global destitution, but I believe in the soulful healing that can happen along the way.

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Miles Goodrich, Bowdoin College ’15

Dear student climate justice organizers everywhere,

My name is Miles Goodrich and come May, I will graduate from Bowdoin College. The turning of the tassels at commencement will mark the end of one chapter in my life. It will not, however, mark the end of my organizing for a just and sustainable future through fossil fuel divestment. I am graduating from Bowdoin; I am not graduating from the climate justice movement.

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Michaela Steiner, Northern Arizona University ’16

Dear Fellow Climate Justice Organizers,

My name is Michaela Steiner and I am a student at Northern Arizona University, class of 2016.

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Lina Blount, Bryn Mawr ’13

Dear friends, family, and fellow youth organizers and fighters,

My name is Lina Blount and I’m a Bryn Mawr Graduate from 2013.  I studied Growth and Structure of Cities, with a minor in Environmental Studies.  And in the Spring of 2011 I helped found a divestment campaign at my campus.

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Nathan Malachowski, Allegheny College ’14

Dear Fellow Climate Justice Organizers,

My name is Nathan Malachowski, and I am an alum of Allegheny College Class of 2014. Now I am a community organizer with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement working to block the construction of the proposed Bakken Pipeline, which would threaten Iowa communities and the health and well-being of current and future generations.

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Jake Soiffer, UC Berkeley ’17

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Lauren Ressler, Seattle U ’11

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Ian Trupin, Brown ‘13.5

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Sonny Lawrence D. Alea, SFSU ’14

My name is Sonny Lawrence D. Alea, I am an alumni of San Francisco State University (SFSU), class of 2014. I began my organizing journey helping with the Fossil Free SFSU campaign, which is part of the growing movement calling for institutions around the world to divest from the fossil fuel industry and stop profiting from climate change. The fossil fuel industry and many of our schools’ administrators are hoping that the movement loses momentum as student organizers graduate from college, move on, and eventually forget about the campaign. I however, will not graduate from this movement; I pledge to only grow as an organizer and do what I can to help strengthen this movement towards victory.

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Sean Estelle, UCSD ’13

My name is Sean Estelle and I am an alumnus of the University of California, San Diego (Class of 2013).  I am the National Divestment Campaigner for Energy Action Coalition, and I’m building a long-term movement for student power to transform our institutions of higher education until they are as truly committed to issues of climate justice and social justice.

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Jess Grady-Benson, Pitzer ’14

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Will Lawrence, Swarthmore ’13

To my fellow young activists, artists and organizers:

I’m a recent alumnus of Swarthmore College, where I co-founded the fossil fuel divestment campaign and worked on it for three years.

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Hannah Jones, Swarthmore ’12

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Zein Nakhoda, Swarthmore ’12

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Priya Mulgaontar, NYU ’15

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Kourtney Dillavou, Ball State ’14

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Dinah Dewald, Swarthmore College ’13

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Leland Wright, Knox College ’16

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Jason Schwartz, San Francisco State University ’15

Dear Fellow Fossil Fuel Divestment Organizers,

My name is Jason Schwartz and I am a student at San Francisco State University. I am a fifth-year senior and will be graduating soon. I am also an organizer with Fossil Free SFSU and the Divestment Student Network, both part of the movement for climate justice. The fossil fuel industry and college administrators are waiting for student organizing to subside as we graduate, but I am writing to pledge my commitment to this movement for the long haul.

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Becca Rast, Brown University ’13

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Emily Kirkland, Brown University ’13

Dear fellow organizers for climate justice,

My name is Emily Kirkland, and I am an alumna of Brown University, Class of 2013.  As a student, I organized with Fossil Free Brown, and I continue to support the campaign as much as I can. The fossil fuel industry and college administrators are waiting for student organizing to subside as we graduate, but I am writing to pledge my commitment to this movement for the long haul.

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Ben Ishibashi, Whitman College ’14

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Brunswick, ME — Early Wednesday morning, 28 Bowdoin students entered President Barry Mill’s office for a “Sit-In for Climate Justice,” refusing to leave until the College committed to collaborating with them on fossil fuel divestment.

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“We proposed divestment to the trustees back in October and were ignored.  They haven’t taken the calls of our community seriously,” said Bowdoin senior Matthew Miles Goodrich. “Because the Board has refused to work with us, we’re taking action for climate justice.”

The sit-in is the culmination of three years of campus organizing. Last April, Bowdoin Climate Action presented 1000 student signatures–representing the majority of campus–for divestment to President  Mills.  With 70 faculty members expressing support, the group formally proposed divestment to the Board of Trustees last October, but student presenters were cut off when inquiring about next steps.

“We’re sitting in because we have to ask our trustees whose side they are on,” said first-year Shinhee Kang.  “Do they side with their students, which the endowment is invested for, or an industry whose practices are antithetical to our values and the common good?”

In addition, Bowdoin Climate Action published a letter endorsing the sit-in, signed by 38 alums, including Director of Spiritual Life Bob Ives ‘69, and 16 parents including Harvard historian of science Naomi Oreskes and former chairs of the Bowdoin parents donation fund Stuart Shapiro and Janice Lee. “We commend these students for continuing to push despite the College’s refusal to productively engage with this issue,” it reads. “These students, as part of a growing worldwide movement, have demonstrated to our community that fossil fuel divestment is necessary, both morally and financially.”

“Just yesterday, Syracuse University, where President Mills received his PhD, announced the divestment of its billion dollar endowment from fossil fuels after students sat in,” said junior Allyson Gross. “Momentum is growing, and Bowdoin, as the college of the Common Good, needs to be a leader.”

This marks the third campus sit-in for fossil fuel divestment in three weeks, following occupations at Swarthmore College and the University of Mary Washington.


Read the demand of Bowdoin Climate Action’s Sit-In for Climate Justice

This article was originally published on Bowdoin Climate Action’s website.

Alumni Divestment Network

Who We Are:

The fossil fuel industry is hoping our movement will lose power as our student organizers graduate. With the Alumni Divestment Network, we’re proving them wrong. The ADN is committed to 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:

  • Providing support and resources for alums organizing post-college
  • Furthering political education through a reading group
  • Mentoring college seniors in their transition into post-college organizing
  • Building deep relationships among divestment movement alums to continue expanding the power and breadth of the divestment network

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2) Leveraging 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) Organizing Beyond Divestment:

  • Over the next two years, the ADN is bridging the gap between campus divestment campaigns and off-campus climate justice organizing.  We envision establishing local hubs of action across the country, led by alums, students, and local frontline community organizations to fight the fossil fuel industry and build a just transition to an economy for people and the planet.

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 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!

Check out our Organizing Pledge Project 

Through the Organizing Pledge Project, we are sharing stories about what brings us to this work, and why we are committed to organizing for the long-term. We encourage you to check out and participate in our project as we work toward a just and sustainable world.

DSN People of Color Caucus


The POC Caucus is open to students, alumni, and staff in the fossil fuel divestment movement who identity as people of color. We believe in the power of centering our identities and knowing our histories. We create spaces for people of color in our movement to network, share skills, and build alignment. The POC Caucus is:

  • A political home for divestment organizers of color. A space for relationship building, peer-mentorship, skill-sharing, and political education. We center the intersections of race and ecology in our relationships and commitment to climate justice.
  • A voice of the Divestment Student Network and broader divestment movement. 
  • A bridge between fossil fuel divestment networks, other student/youth movements, and grassroots climate justice groups.

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This semester we’re doing a collective study on #BlackLivesMatter & Ecology. As diverse folks of color – including Black, Asian American, Desi, Latina, first and second generation immigrants, mixed-race and mixed-heritage folks – we reflect together on a core principle of #BlackLivesMatter, ‘when Black people in this country get free, we all get free’ and the relationship between Black liberation and climate justice.

Read along and follow our #BlackLivesMatter & Ecology study through tumblr!
To get involved, email Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa (sachiehh [at] or Zein Nakhoda (zein.nakhoda [at]

#BlackLivesMatter & Ecology Study

 The global liberation of Black people is fundamental to the preservation of life on this Earth in the presence of climate chaos

Quinton Sankofa in Black Liberation and Ecology

Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice.  Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice.

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March 23, 2015

Black Liberation and Ecology” (event hosted by Wose (Wō-say) Community of Oakland, Ile Omode (E-lay O-mo-day) School, Sponsored by Movement Generation, The Brotherhood of Elders)

Principles of Environmental JusticeDelegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice. Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice.

Why #BlackLivesMatter Should Transform the Climate Debate (Naomi Klein)

Robert Bullard – The Genesis of Environmental Justice” (very brief introduction to EJ movement history); archival Material from Warren County PCB protests: Newsreel Footage + Photos

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Sonny Lawrence Alea ‘14

Reflecting on Reclaiming Abuelita Knowledge: “Pursuing environmental studies and trying to be “green” has, instead of bringing me closer to the earth and to my roots, taken me in a direction of separating me from my Filipino culture…When I came back from the retreat this weekend, the first thing I did was ask my mom to make me a Filipino breakfast. It was something I craved after being surrounded by people who affirmed that I have a place in the DSN.” – Sonny, Fossil Free SFSU Alumnus

Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa ‘13

“The divestment movement for me has been a series of moments where I could step out and say, I don’t see myself reflected in this movement, so it isn’t the movement for me, or I could step in, and work to make it the movement I want it to be and we need it to be. And part of working in the Caucus for me has been stepping in, and building relationships that give us the courage to do what is hard.” – Sachie, Swarthmore Mountain Justice Alumnus, Maypop Collective

Maya Jenkins ‘18

“I thought about the tendency towards unity without struggle. Because we’ve been torn apart for so long, that we crave this unity. But I remember being pulled into green spaces and everyone rallied around the notion that climate change is the one thing that is going to affect everyone. But just because it’s global, that doesn’t mean we’re all the same. It affects everyone disproportionately, and so we there will be deep struggle as we try to unite around climate issues.” – Maya, Fossil Free Yale

 Social inequities are a key form of ecological erosion.

Movement General Justice & Ecology Project


March 9, 2015

A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement (Alicia Garza)

Ecology & Racial Justice: On Ferguson, State Violence, & the Proper Management of Home (Movement Generation)

Reclaiming Abuelita Knowledge As A Brown Ecofeminista (lalobaloca)

We are NOT all Trayvon: Challenging Anti-Black Racism in POC Communities (Asam Ahmad)

Practicing #Asians4BlackLives Solidarity: 5 Lessons from #shutdownOPD (Christine Cordero)

Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson (Deirdre Smith)

Open Source Curriculum for our #BlackLivesMatter & Ecology Study (Photo: POC Caucus Members at a DSN retreat with the Wildfire Project)

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Black Liberation and Ecology Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project

37 Swarthmore Students and 6 Alumni Begin Sit-in in Finance and Investments Office for Divestment

Early this morning, Swarthmore Mountain Justice launched an extended sit-in for fossil fuel divestment on the campus that birthed the now global divestment campaign, kicking off a historic spring of escalating nonviolent action throughout the student divestment movement. The 37 students and 6 alumni are asking the Swarthmore Board Investment Committee Chair Chris Niemczewski and Board Chair Gil Kemp to return to the negotiating table and agree to end the College’s investments in a rogue industry that violates Swarthmore’s Quaker values and recklessly imperils a just and sustainable future for our generation.

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About the Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence 2014

From April 4th to 6th, 300 students from over 75 colleges and universities from across the United States and Canada will gather at San Francisco State University for the 2nd annual student-led Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence. In February 2013, 150 students gathered at Swarthmore College to discuss and strategize about the role of the campus fossil fuel divestment campaign in moving forward for climate justice.

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Out of that convergence, students created the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network, and numerous regional networks were created or strengthened out of the gathering.

This year’s convergence will be an important step in strengthening the power of students through national and regional networks, while also growing the network’s geographic and institutional reach across public and private schools across the nation. While 9 campuses have committed to full or partial fossil fuel divestment, including the hosts at SFSU, many college administrations have largely been resistant to the ask. In 2013, over a dozen schools received an official “no” from their administrations. Though far from giving up, students stand strong in the face of administrative resistance.  Students have already taken first steps towards escalation by coalition-building and direct action, gaining attention nationwide with sit-ins, petitions, rallies, public art displays, referenda, and growing alumni and faculty support.

At one year old, this is a crucial moment for the divestment campaign; it has the potential to regain the explosive momentum that drove it in 2013 by coordinating student efforts to spark a coordinated wave of bold escalated action. This convergence is designed to be that spark; In order to confront the overwhelming crisis of climate change, we must not only build our organizing skills and leadership, but also build relationships and coalitions with others fighting the same forces; all of which is part of the founding principles of the convergence. Fossil fuel divestment is just one piece of taking on the fossil fuel industry, and will ground our conversations in the role of the divestment campaign in the larger Climate Justice movement.

 Why the Convergence?

Mentorship and Training: Preparing Students for the Long Haul

The convergence provides the infrastructure for peer-to-peer mentorship within the divestment campaign. Students can learn from each other’s stories and skills in building power on campus, working with university administrations, collaborating with local grassroots organizations, and escalating to win on divestment. Not only will this lead to a longer-lasting divestment campaign, but it will also train leaders who will continue to organize after graduating.

Strategy and Escalation:

While we have seen some phenomenal successes in the divestment campaign over the past year, it is also clear that we need to start escalating and putting pressure on our administrations and boards. Escalating strategically is a carefully cultivated skill that can be honed through workshops, mentorship, and sharing stories. The convergence will be a space for students to do just that. Campuses that have escalated will share their successes and their lessons learned, students will learn about creative direct actions that will put pressure on their boards and win on-campus support, and each campus will be connected long-term with other campuses who are looking to escalate.

Reinvestment and the Just Transition:

In order for us to truly confront the climate crisis, we need to not confront the fossil fuel industry, but also create community-owned alternatives to a fossil fuel-based economy. At this year’s convergence, we will be connecting students with community organizers who are not only fighting the fossil fuel industry in their backyards, but also working to transition to a local, sustainable, and just economy that empowers and employs members of their community. Students will have the opportunity to learn by volunteering with these groups, learning about social justice as it relates to the environment, and in some cases, by pushing for community reinvestment in local renewable projects. Not only does this sort of collaboration support essential transition work, but also connects students with work that has longevity and is grounded in long-term community-building.


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TIME                  LOCATION                  EVENT


2:00-5:00  Temple Baptist Storytellers Team Training


Temple Baptist

Participant Registration opens

5:45 – 6:45

The Annex


6:45 – 7:45

Dinner (on your own – we will guide you to options!)

8 – 9:30

The Annex

Opening Plenary





8:30 – 10:00


Welcome Session

10:30 – 12:55

Humanities Building

Grounding ourselves and the movement in the principles of Climate Justice and Solidarity: A series of workshops and panels (details in program)

1:10 – 2:00



2:15 – 4:40

Humanities Building

Building our Organizing Strength: A variety of workshops on organizing skills and implementation. (details in program)

4:55 – 6:55


All-convergence training and strategizing with Center for Story Based Strategy

7:00 – 7:50



8 – 9:30


Evening plenary


7 – 7:50



8:15 – 1:00


What’s next for the divestment movement: laying the groundwork for the spring, summer, and the future of the divestment movement

1:00 – 2:00





Closing and goodbyes



Brooke.jpgBrooke Anderson is a Labor Fellow at the Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project where she is working to build a worker-led, grassroots labor movement for climate justice. Brooke got her start in the environmental justice movement, organizing against medical waste incinerators, but then spent over a decade in the labor movement both as an elected leader and staff organizer. She most recently spent 7 years at the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE), where she waged campaigns for hotel workers and port truck drivers, eventually serving as Deputy Director. In collaboration with last summer, she organized a Labor Contingent for Climate Justice, with over 30+ unions marching against the Keystone XL pipeline and the Richmond Chevron refinery. She also recently coordinated the release of a letter from 60+ environmental and climate justice organizations to the AFL-CIO urging them to join the struggle for climate justice.

John Avalos

John Avalos represents San Francisco’s District 11. He is a third generation Mexican-American, and one of seven children.  John is among the first generation of his family to attend a four-year university, graduating with honors from UC Santa Barbara. He earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from SF State and worked as a counselor at the San Francisco Conservation Corps and the Columbia Park Boys and Girls Club.  John was an organizer with Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth and with the Justice for Janitors Campaign of the Service Employees International Union and won family-supporting wages and affordable health care. As a legislative aide to Supervisor Chris Daly, he helped craft the City’s budget, streamlining government and expanding funding for affordable housing, childcare, health and mental services, park restorations, and senior programs.

In 2008, John was elected to the Board of Supervisors.  He has served as the Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, leading the City’s efforts to close a $1 billion shortfall while preserving jobs and services, protecting essential senior and children’s services, and saving vital health programs. John has a strong and substantive legislative record. He passed the nation’s strongest local hiring legislation, providing thousands of living wage jobs for San Francisco residents.  He has passed protections for tenants in foreclosed properties and need-based rental assistance to low-income families. He also increased the real estate transfer tax on high-end commercial buildings, which has brought in $50 million in new revenue annually.  Most recently, his resolution urging the San Francisco Retirement Board to divest from fossil fuel companies was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors. He also serves as Chair of the Climate Protection Committee on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) where he passed a resolution to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

Henia BelaliaHenia Belalia: “A French-Algerian native, a brown woman born between two very distinct worlds, I carry in my flesh the ancestral trauma and wisdom of those that have come before me. Early on, I felt the harsh realities of colonization, systemic oppression and segregation. For years, I turned to theatre as a means to call out and confront the injustices that plague our society. Experimental theatre gave me a vessel to break traditional artistic conventions and to play with different mediums to tell stories. But my art came up short, when I realized that I knew nothing about resistance, building power, or healing communal traumas. So I dove into grassroots organizing, with a short stop along the way within the mainstream environmental movement.

I believe in systemic change, in an analysis that addresses the intersections of systems of oppression, and in a process that elevates and centers historically marginalized voices. I’m inspired by communities that reclaim their narrative, their spaces and their sovereignty. A wise woman once told me that there are two times to organizing, the urgency of the struggle which often compromises the slow time of relationship-building. I’m committed to this slow time, to cross-movement building, to the practice of allysip, and to the process of walking on while asking questions (the Zapatistas’ caminar preguntando).

I’m a theatre director, a climate justice organizer, a land and rights defender, a facilitator, and a day dreamer of collective liberation. I’m an organizer with and the former director of Peaceful Uprising, and also currently with the collective Deep Roots United Front.”

155103_10100386046791210_1399189220_n (1)Linda Capato is the Fracking Campaign Coordinator with who focuses elevating the connection of climate change and fracking across the US. Most recently, Linda has worked as a steering committee member of Californians Against Fracking, lead coordination of the mass rally Don’t Frack California, and has been working to coordinate direct action campaigns against the Keystone XL Pipeline. Before coming to full time, Linda was the Outreach Coordinator and National Organizer for the Tar Sands Action, recruiting over 1,200 people to risk arrest in front of the White House to fight Keystone XL.  Having worked within the environmental movement for the last 7 years with Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network, Linda also has ties to their local community in San Francisco training and mobilizing folks around LGBTQ, occupy, and environmental justice campaigns.

YofNF 2Anirvan Chatterjee and Barnali Ghosh: Anirvan (@anirvan) is a former CEO, radical walking tour guide, and climate activist from Berkeley, California. Don’t get him started on the climate impacts of dirty aviation. Barnali (@design4walking) works at the intersection of cities and climate. She is a landscape architect, public transit, walking, and biking advocate, and radical walking tour guide.


Carlos DavidsonCarlos Davidson is a professor of Environmental Studies at San Francisco State University.  Davidson has a Ph.D. in ecology from U.C. Davis and a masters degree in economics from U.C. Berkeley. Davidson co-authored the first greenhouse gas inventory for San Francisco State University, helped develop the campus Climate Action Plan, and has been active in campus sustainability and divestment issues. He chaired the Climate Action Plan Task Force for the city of Pacifica.

gopalforwebGopal Dayaneni has worked for social, economic, and environmental justice through organizing & campaigning, teaching, writing, and speaking since the late 1980′s. He has been a campaigner for Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition on human rights and environmental justice in the high-tech industry and the Oil Campaigner for Project Underground, a human rights and environmental rights organizations which supported communities resisting oil and mining exploitation around the world. Gopal has also provided progressive organizations with support in Strategic Communications and Campaign Planning through the Design Action Collective and is an active trainer and organizer with the Ruckus Society and a member of the Progressive Communicators Network. Gopal is also an elementary and early childhood educator, working formerly as a teacher and as the co-director of the Tenderloin Childcare Center, a community based childcare center supporting children and families forced into homelessness.

Tim DeChristopher“In December 2008, Tim DeChristopher engaged in civil disobedience at a fraudulent Bureau of Land Management auction, which was selling off parcels of pristine Utah wilderness to the oil and gas industry without any assessment of the environmental impacts. Initially joining protestors outside the auction, Tim felt he must engage in direct action, and entered the building. Once inside, he was asked if he was there to bid; surprised, Tim made a quick decision to register for the auction, and as Bidder number 70, went inside the auction room. Recognizing the power his paddle wielded, he began driving up the cost of each land parcel, and eventually bid on and won over 22,000 acres ($1.8 million) of land with no intention or ability to pay for them–this shut the auction down. Tim was escorted out, but because the BLM had violated its own rules, the land up for auction ultimately stayed out of the hands of the oil and gas industry. While waiting to go to trial, Tim’s story galvanized the local community, and he founded Peaceful Uprising to bring together those willing to take principled action to defend a livable future. After 9 postponements of his trial, Tim was convicted of two felonies in March 2011, sentenced to two years in prison on July 26th of that year, and taken to prison the same day. He was released from federal custody last April, and is now a student at the Harvard Divinity School, where he continues to inspire people to construct collective, direct, and innovative solutions to the climate crisis, and to the broader oppression that results from our profit-driven paradigm.

Tim’s story was documented in Bidder 70. You can watch the trailer here.”

Christine GyovaiChristine Muehlman Gyovai is the Principal of Dialogue + Design Associates and an Affiliated Associate at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia. She coordinates and co-facilitates the Clinch River Valley Initiative and Central Appalachia Food Heritage project with IEN.  She holds certificates in mediation and permaculture design, and she consults and lectures regionally about permaculture with the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network.  She holds a M.U.E.P. in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Burlington College. She lives at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband and two young children.

Wahleah Johns comes from the Navajo (Dine) Nation and the community of Forest Lake, one of several communities atop Black Mesa. She is a founding member of Black Mesa Water Coalition as well as its longest lasting employee. In her several years at BMWC she has played various roles, all which have led to groundbreaking legislative victories for groundwater protection, green jobs, and environmental justice. In her most recent position as BMWC’s Black Mesa Solar Project Coordinator, Wahleah is working out of the bay area in California to gain organizational expertise and support for transitioning Black Mesa’s reclaimed mining lands to solar farms.

977097_591493977551722_1714496320_o.jpgMarcel Jones is the Chair of the Black Student Union at UC Berkeley and resident of Afro House (part of the Berkeley Student Cooperative), Marcel Jones is a student organizer dedicated to communal resistance and cross-cultural coalition building.  Marcel has experience participating in multiple organizing  spaces including the UC Berkeley divestment campaigns from Israeli occupation and the Prison Industrial Complex.  Current efforts that Marcel is working on include the No2Napolitano campaign, UC Prison Divestment, increasing resources for Black students, chairing a conference addressing the school-to-prison pipeline, and increasing people of color cooperatives. Coming from a power to the people mentality and an intersectional framework, Marcel believes in leading with dreams rooted in a critical analysis of our realities.

Dr. Philip King received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1987. His specialty is in Applied Microeconomics and Environmental Economies. He is an Associate Professor in Economics at San Francisco State University and was chair from 2002-2005. His main research involves the economics of coastal resources and sea level rise. He has published numerous papers on the economics of seal level rise in California and on the benefits and costs of various SLR policies. Dr King is currently Chair of the SF State Foundation’s Finance and Investment Committee.

Cynthia KaufmanCynthia Kaufman is the Director of the Institute of Community and Civic Engagement at De Anza College where she also teaches Philosophy. She is the author of two books on social change “Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope (Lexington Books 2012) and Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change (South End Press 2003). She is a lifelong social change activist, having worked on issues such as tenants’ rights, police abuse, union organizing, international politics, and most recently climate change. She received her PhD and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her B.A. in Development Studies from University of California, Berkeley.

Deirdre Lally“Deirdre Lally is an organizer and organic farmer in rural central Pennsylvania.  After years spent in campaigns against mountaintop-removal coal financiers, she learned that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas had come to her family’s home on the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, and began organizing.  Since gas drilling’s arrival in PA in the early 2000’s, she has been involved in direct action campaigns to protect state forests from drilling, quick-response community support efforts such as Save Riverdale, and is now involved in a listening project in a heavily fracked county in PA and community outreach and movement base-building work with the Shalefield Organizing Committee.”

Freddy LozanoFreddy Lozano: “Born in Barranquilla, Colombia and a union leader and social activist since 1990, Freddy studied Industrial Maintenance in Colombia’s main technical institute. He has completed his seventh semester in the Simón Bolívar University Law School in Barranquilla. He has been president of the Puerto Bolívar chapter of the National Union of Workers in the Coal Industry (SINTRACARBÓN).  In 2009, he received the first “positive” prize awarded by Public Eye in Davos, Switzerland, for his work supporting the communities affected by the Cerrejón coal complex.  He works for the CERREJON company (owned by BHP Billiton, Anglo American, and Xstrata), which operates the largest open-pit coal mine in Latin America.

Nació en Barranquilla, Colombia y dirigente sindical y social desde 1990, Freddy estudió Mantenimiento Industrial en la principal escuela técnica de Colombia, actualmente cursa séptimo semestre de derecho en la Universidad Simón Bolívar de Barranquilla.  Ha sido presidente por tres ocasiones de la seccional Puerto Bolívar del Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Industria del Carbón (SINTRACARBÓN). El año 2009 se hace merecedor al primer premio “positivo” que entrega el ‘Public Eye en Davos Suiza por su labor a favor de las comunidades  vecinas al complejo Carbonífero “El Cerrejón”.  Es trabajador de la empresa CERREJON, multinacional (bhp billiton, Anglo American, Xstrata) que explota la mina de carbón a cielo abierto más grande de América Latina.”

LyanaLyana A. Monterrey is the Co-Founder of Pittsburg Ethics Council & Pittsburg Defense Council.  Born and raised in San Francisco, I currently live with my husband (George) of 35 years in Pittsburg, California.  I have been in the financial services industry for over 34 years.  Our contribution to the community started with organizing youth baseball some 35 years ago.  Our involvement in community organizing and work to stop a proposed project called WesPac, a massive crude oil storage & transfer facility in Pittsburg, started in August 2013.  We have also been supporting neighboring communities against crude by rail and from becoming a major hub for fossil fuel export.

C:\Users\Saliem Shehadeh\Desktop\Capture.JPGSaliem Shahadeh studies Middle East/South Asia Studies and Political Science at UC Davis and is a member of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).  In the spring of 2013, SJP brought to the table of its associated student body a resolution calling for corporate accountability in Israel/Palestine.  The resolution calls for the UC Regents to maintain an investment portfolio free from companies complicit in the occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Melvin WillisMelvin Lee Willis, Jr. is a 23-year-old activist/community organizer in Richmond, working with groups Like ACCE (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment), RPA (Richmond Progressive Alliance), and BMOER (Black Mobilization Organization for Education in Richmond). All these groups cover a large variety of community issues, such as racism, environmental justice, holding banks accountable, and making sure that elected officials (from a local to state level) represent the people and not the top 1%.”

Tracy Zhu is the Associate for Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative, a regional coalition that fights to reduce diesel air pollution in low-income communities of color. In the past, she did environmental education, youth development, and green building management at Literacy for Environmental Justice in Bayview Hunters Point, SF. She lives in southeast San Francisco, where she continues to build community power of Asian American immigrant families to engage in environmental justice issues. Tracy first learned how to honor and draw strength from the struggles and successes of communities of color while she was earning her BA in Environmental Studies at Mount Holyoke College. She is an active member of the board of LYRIC and holds the environmental justice seat on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee.

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Divestment as a Solidarity Tactic

Across various campaigns, divestment is used as a tactic to stand in solidarity with those on the front lines of injustice. It leverages resources that incorporate an institutional advantage into the struggle for justice–an advantage to which those on the front lines don’t always have access. Hear how, through on- and off-campus campaigns, divestment organizers against fossil fuels, the prison-industrial complex, the occupation of Palestine, and South African apartheid have stood in solidarity with those who are directly affected by each issue, and how they’ve developed an intersectional analysis to stand in solidarity with each other to facilitate a move away from broader cultural and economic paradigms of exploitation and exclusion.

Grassroots Organizing against Dirty Energy in the Bay Area

Featuring: Tracy Zhu (Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative), Melvin Willis (Richmond CA), Lyanna (Pittsburg Defense Committee), Marilyn (Benicia CA)

Historically the San Francisco Bay Area has had a complex relationship with dirty energy companies — from refineries, to export terminals, to serious diesel emissions from the trucking industry, much of the Bay Area has been defined by these corporations for decades. However, this has been matched by powerful community organizing that has prevented some of the worst facilities from being built, and created important standards for the rest of the country. Join us in this panel to hear from Bay Area community members and their work organizing against dirty energy in the Bay Area.

Climate and Economic Justice Through the Lens of Coal

Featuring: Wahleah Johns (Black Mesa Water Coaltion), Freddy Lozano (Colombian National Union of Workers in the Coal Industry), and Paul Corbit Brown (Keepers of the Mountains)

In this panel, three speakers from extraction communities will be sharing their experiences and understandings of the intersections between climate and economic justice. With a specific focus on the coal industry, panelists will share both their lived experiences and their hopes for future strength and resistance to the injustice in their communities.

Economic Resiliency in the Coalfields and Shalefields

Featuring: Deidre Lally (Shalefield Organizing Committee), Christine Gyovai (CRVI/UVA-IEN), Paul Corbit Brown (Keepers of the Mountains)

A movement that only names what it’s against isn’t going to win– either on the divestment front or on the frontlines of extraction. Just as important as knowing what we’re against is knowing what we’re for. If we’re working to dismantle the fossil fuel economy, what alternatives can we construct in its place?  This panel will feature community organizers from the frontlines of fracking and mountaintop removal who are tackling these very questions.  We will hear from them about their visions for a future that isn’t dependent on the extraction economy, and how they’re working to realize those visions in their communities.

 International Fossil Fuel Divestment Panel

Featuring: Theo LeQuesne (UK), Flick Monk (UK), Olivia Linander (Sweden), Charlie Woods (Australia), and Stephen Thomas (Canada) 

Fossil Free is a now international movement that has reinvigorated the global climate justice movement. In this panel, we will hear from international divestment organizers from 3 continents–about their successes, their struggles, and their experiences in organizing in their home countries and on an international level.

Building an Anti-Fracking Movement in California

This panel will focus on the intersection between environmental justice and the ongoing grassroots organizing taking place to prevent the proliferation of hydraulic fracturing. Featuring local students, community organizers and national grassroots campaigners, the panel will explore the social and economic consequences of fracking in key regions, and how the struggles communities are currently facing relate to the growing youth movement to divest educational and other public institutions from the fossil fuel industry.  Among other things, panel participants will reflect on the areas in which the fossil fuel divestment campaign can work in coalition with communities disproportionately impacted by the natural gas industry and the growing Americans Against Fracking Coalition.



Gopal Dayaneni (Movement Generation)

To avoid the real risks of ecological erosion and to return to right relationship with each other and home, we must invest in The Next Economy Now to ensure that it serves the interest of our communities.  Thankfully, as the dominant economy undermines the very basis of life and it’s own existence, social movements are creating a Just Transition away from this dead-end proposition and towards economies based on the restoration of land, labor and life.

As we oppose and expose the forces that are driving climate change, we must also lead with vision and invest in what we know we need; an economy which is decentralized, democratized, and diversified; one in which resource consumption is reduced and wealth is redistributed.

Join this workshop to learn about the framework for Just Transition developed by the Climate Justice Alliance and the Our Power Campaign, with a particular emphasis aligning key strategies, including divest/invest.


Brooke Anderson (Movement Generation)

Do you want to approach local labor unions to support your divestment campaign but either don’t know where to start or have already hit obstacles? This multi-media, interactive workshop and discussion will address the challenges and best practices for building alliances with local labor unions to advance fossil fuel divestment campaigns, including: understanding labor’s self-interests, structure and local political landscape; identifying which unions to approach and through which elected officers and staff; building a strong relationship based on mutual solidarity; making the ask; and navigating political obstacles. We’ll look at a few case studies of successful labor-climate alliances, dissect specific challenges you’re facing in your campaign, and send you home with useful tools and resources.


Henia Belalia (Peaceful Uprising, Deep Roots United Front)

To tackle the root (read: radical) causes of the climate crisis, we must first acknowledge that environmental degradation exacerbates existing economic, racial and social injustices—an interconnectedness that should define our analysis and actions. To truly win, land and justice defenders must recognize overlapping systems of oppression within this capitalist structure, and take strategic cues from the communities most impacted by colonization, militarism and poverty. That means building movements across issues and beyond divides based on race, class and gender, while elevating the voices that have been historically marginalized: indigenous peoples, communities of color, women, LGBTQ people, and the low-income population. To do so will take a profound decolonization of minds and professional institutions.

This workshop will root its conversations and analysis on intersectionality, practices of solidarity, and centering voices within the climate justice movement that have been historically silenced and marginalized. Come participate, share and co-create this dialogue


Barnali Ghosh and Anirvan Chatterjee

Bay Area activists Barnali Ghosh and Anirvan Chatterjee spent a year traveling around the world aviation-free to interview climate activists in a dozen countries, so they could share the stories back home. Learn about the 200 year history of climate colonialism, get updates on youth movements in Asia and Europe, and the #1 thing global activists hope Americans can do.

What the Climate Movement Can Learn from Queer and Trans* Organizing

Lauren Wood (Peaceful Uprising)

We recognize the climate crisis affects us all and is perpetuated by long- standing colonizing forces that inform many of the ways we move through the world. Because of this crisis, our society is having to ask itself some of the hardest questions in how we treat one another and move towards a more just future in the face of climate chaos. It is no surprise that the most lucid voices in this growing climate justice movement are those of the most impacted and marginalized communities that are pushing the hardest for substantive change. To truly win, we must take leadership from the communities who have already been fighting these same oppressive forces for generations. This workshop will take a critical look at how the very nature of queer bodies in this world gives the LGBTQ community a

How To Create a Thriving Movement: Moving Past “Burnout”, Reconnecting to Purpose, and Inspiring Action for the Long Haul
Joshua Gorman (Generation Waking Up) and Mary Shindler
At this time in history we’re facing some of the toughest opponents – the broken and failed systems of our generation. We have the opportunity to change the story. We need a movement of thriving leaders. This means being who we really are, connecting to our deepest purpose for why we’re doing this work, and continuing to take meaningful action. What if we were to do our work with more ease? We’re in it for the long haul. This means taking care of ourselves, each other, and bringing a sense of joy to our teams, organizations, and the movement.  In this workshop we’ll look at how to move past “burnout”, learn transformational tools to bring more ease and joy to our work as organizers, and explore what truly “thriving” looks like for ourselves and the movement.


Lauren Ressler (Responsible Endowments Coalition) and Amelia Timbers (As You Sow)

What kind of world do we envision for the future? In this workshop we are going to build tools and knowledge for incorporating a demand for reinvestment into a divestment campaign. Reinvestment means investing in our communities and in businesses committed to creating just and equitable solutions in areas like energy, manufacturing, and technology. We are going to be talking about both highly scaleable existing financial mechanisms and community-led investment.


Erin Smith (University of Denver) and YJ Cho (

If we aren’t recruiting then we’re shrinking. This means outreach should always be a priority and that’s awesome because recruitment can be one of the most fun aspect of running your campaign. We’ll discuss reasons for why students get involved and think through some creative ways we can share our story, build power and be the most badass group on campus. Ready, set, grow!


Jess Grady-Benson (Pitzer College) and Jay Carmona (

Come learn how to make the most of meetings with decision-makers by collecting information, demonstrating power and winning victories. We’ll brainstorm how to refute common arguments from decision-makers to stay afloat in negotiation. We’ll also practice prepping for meetings and strategizing within larger campaign goals.  Join us to collectively share knowledge about sticky situations in negotiation, and what works and what doesn’t.


Hannah Jones (REC, Maypop Collective), Jonny Behrens (University of Chicago)

In order for our campaigns to have longevity and for our movement to grow, we have to build strong organizing teams. This means creating groups whose members are committed to deepening each others’ skills, supporting each other through hard times, training new leaders, and seeing campaigns through to a win. This interactive workshop will help you learn how to build an organizing team with lasting power, that can be resilient through the inevitable pitfalls and challenges of running a divestment campaign, and that can continue to support each other in the movement even after graduation.


Alysse Heartwell (

Using online platforms to tell your campaign’s story, get the word out, and grow your impact. We’ll talk about how to think about social media, the basic mechanics of Facebook and Twitter, tactics and best practices for each platform, how to make a good meme, why not to over-think your hashtags, and more. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion, so be ready to workshop your campaign’s challenges & share your successes!


Jenny Marineau ( and Alli Welton (Harvard University)

Great organizing starts with great strategizing. In our commitment to rise to the scale of the climate crisis, occasionally we need to pause to make sure our work is moving us closer to our goals, and perhaps to determine whether our goals are true to what needs to be done. Strategy retreats are one way to take these questions head-on. This workshop will give you tools for participatory decision-making to break up and organize long meetings, and encouragement to deeply consider your vision before digging into strategy.


Todd Zimmer (Rainforest Action Network)

Is your campus campaign hitting a wall? It might be time to escalate! As campaigners, we must continually increase the pressure until our demands are met, but knowing when and how to escalate can be difficult and scary.

 Come for an interactive discussion of when, how, and why to escalate campaigns on campus. We’ll talk about the potential risks and benefits of turning up the heat on campus, examine case studies, and idea-storm tactics and strategies for escalation on campus.


Emily Williams (California Student Sustainability Coalition),

Alumni of your university can be your greatest allies. They are the ones who donate to the endowment, so they are the ones who hold the financial keys. They also have experience with the university and sometimes may know your administrators. This workshop, featuring students and alumni from both the University of California and Swarthmore College, will focus on how to identify ally alumni organizers, how to work with them, and what strategies to employ to reach your goals of divestment.

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Christine Cordero believes that people power can change the world. That’s why she’s dedicated herself to strong strategies – in our organizing, our campaigns, and our stories. Her mission is to support the continual cycle of community training-learning-action, toward a just and loving world.  Christine brings over 15 years of experience in facilitation, training, and public speaking in several social justice sectors including youth organizing, labor, and US/International environmental health and justice. She is a graduate of Stanford University where she studied linguistics, with a focus in language and power.

Joshua Gorman is a writer, speaker, trainer, organizer, and the Coordinator of Generation Waking Up. He studied “Global Youth and Social Change” at George Mason University, serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Youth Action Network / TIG-USA, and supports youth-led action internationally. He is a lifelong student of human development and transformational education with a focus on providing young people the experiences, knowledge, and skills they need to thrive in the twenty-first century.

Jess Grady-Benson is a senior environmental analysis major and music minor at Pitzer College.  She kicked off the Claremont Colleges Divestment Campaign in the fall of 2012 with two other 5C students and has since dedicated her time as strategy coordinator for the campaign.  This year, she was elected to represent the student body in the Trustee’s Climate Change Working Group at Pitzer, which has pushed the campaign towards victory by proposing a holistic climate action plan to the full Board of Trustees.  They are now awaiting a decision on divestment by the end of the semester.  Last summer, Jess traveled to Istanbul, Turkey as a member of the U.S. team at Global Power Shift and helped ignite the UK Fossil Free movement at the People & Planet Summer Gathering.  Her research on the fossil fuel divestment movement over the past year will culminate in a senior thesis that seeks to illuminate the possibilities and limitations of divestment as a tactic for climate justice.

Hannah Jones learned a passion for justice from her parents, a high school history teacher and a labor advocate, and a love for the non-human world growing up in the Pacific Northwest. Her upbringing in an a-typical Mormon household as a queer white woman was quite formative, though she is still figuring all the implications of that out. She was able to really dig into organizing with Swarthmore Mountain Justice’s fossil fuel divestment campaign. Since graduating from Swarthmore in 2012, she has continued to work with the national divestment movement to connect with frontline organizations fighting extreme extraction on the ground. She has recently started an organizing collective in Philadelphia with 5 friends called the Maypop Collective for Climate and Economic Justice, and works part-time for the Responsible Endowments Coalition.

Lauren Ressler currently supports the national student responsible investment movement as National Organizer for the Responsible Endowments Coalition. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Lauren worked with the Cascade Climate Network to oppose the development of coal export facilities along the Pacific Northwest coast. In addition to organizing around coal exports, Lauren has worked on ending the student loan debt crisis and making higher education affordable for all. She currently organizes with more than 20 campuses across the U.S. campaigning for prison divestment, fossil fuel divestment, and reinvestment.

Mary Shindler is a trainer with Generation Waking Up and coach for social movement leaders.  A passion for possibility, she loves supporting individuals and teams to see who they really are and take powerful action. Her curiosity for innovation, collaboration, and whole-systems change is fueled by the first time she saw the injustice of mountain-top removal coal mining in Appalachia (near her hometown) and has led her to work with organizations such as the Sierra Student Coalition, Energy Action Coalition, Brower Youth Awards, and more. She most recently co-founded Coaching for Social Change.

Amelia Timbers is the Energy Program Manager at As You Sow where she employs shareholder advocacy and coalition building to promote sustainability policies at utilities, particularly in the areas of climate change, coal risk, and sustainable investment.

Amelia specializes in interdisciplinary projects that merge business and policy issues. Her background blends finance experience from the Massachusetts State Treasury and Federal Reserve Bank with energy expertise gained through positions focusing on renewable energy policy in both the public and private sectors.

Amelia earned a JD and MBA at Northeastern University, a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School (to be conferred in October 2013), and undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies and Legal Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz.

Todd Zimmer is a campaigner and organizer at Rainforest Action Network (RAN). Since 2003, he has worked to grow grassroots power to fight against militarism and the systematic exploitation of communities by the profit system. He has organized various campaigns across the country. As a member of RAN’s Energy and Finance team, he works to pushback against the Wall Street banks that fund climate chaos and fossil fuel extraction, and helped to develop a massive civil disobedience project, the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance.”

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Network Structure

The Divestment Student Network is both a place to build connections and share knowledge among campaigns.

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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.


(Infograph designed by Peter Morrow)

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.


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.


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.