IEN Webinar: Across the Board - How Young People Lead on Climate

Date: January 9, 2021 1:00p.m. ET

60% of universities that have fully divested from fossil fuels or are fossil free have Board of Trustees seats reserved for students or recent alumni (link). As institutions seek to align their investments with their educational missions, young people with a seat at the table can add unique perspectives to their university’s investment practices and oversight.

A collaboration between the Intentional Endowments Network and The Boarding School, this event gathers former Cornell and University of North Carolina at Asheville student-elected trustees to speak on their roles in their universities’ divestment decisions, and the experience of coalition-building as a young person in the boardroom. The panel will be followed by Q&A, discussion, and networking time.

While the fossil fuel divestment movement has brought mission-related investment issues to the fore for endowments, this event does not focus or advocate for any one socially responsible investment approach, but rather explores how young perspectives can help universities better embody their missions in their investments and otherwise. This forum is for college and university students, alumni, investment professionals, trustees and senior administrators to engage in collaborative dialogue around strategies and best practices for meaningfully involving young people in board investment decision-making.


  • Michael Davis, UNC Asheville Student Trustee, 2018-2019
  • Alexys Gilcreast, University of New Hampshire Committee on Investor Responsibility Member, 2017-2018
  • Dustin Liu, Cornell University Student-Elected Trustee, 2017-2019
  • Cohosts: Hannah Bowen, Intentional Endowments Network; Julia Huesa, The Boarding School





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