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Antiwar activists demand universities divest from military investments, highlighting endowment funds

“Divest from death” was written in chalk outside The New School in New York City, part of antiwar protests on campus calling for divestment from companies profiting from the Israel-Hamas war. Endowments at colleges and universities hold billions of dollars in assets, often managed by outside investment managers. Calls for divestment for political or ethical reasons date back to the 1970s. Some schools have added environmental, social, and governance criteria to their portfolios. While student protests are demanding divestment, school leaders have not made significant changes yet. Trustees do not have to listen to student demands, but divestment campaigns have used various tactics to push for change.


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