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ERIC Number: EJ764743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun-29
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Demanding Divestment from Sudan
Asquith, Christina
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n10 p14-17 Jun 2006
Bowing to student demands to "stop supporting genocide," the University of California regents voted earlier this year to divest millions of dollars from companies working in the war-torn African nation of Sudan, the first major public university in the nation to take such action. Since student protests on the subject began at Harvard University in late 2004, almost a dozen public and private universities have withdrawn their investments in companies doing business with Sudan. The students argue that these businesses are helping to prop up a government accused of genocide. The states of New Jersey, Illinois and Oregon have also joined the movement by approving divestment measures, and college students are actively trying to persuade workers' unions to divest as well. The student-led campaign stands as an example of university administrations taking financial action as a result of student pressure. Most agree that in order to be effective, the tactic must be adopted by a broad collection of groups, including international companies and banks. Students, however, say that the negative publicity associated with their campaign also effectively pressures politicians and companies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Illinois; New Jersey; Oregon; Sudan