Petition to UofC Trustees: Divest & End Our Complicity in Apartheid
Our Letter
Dear Investment Committee members,

We are concerned members of the University community who believe that our institution’s endowment should be invested ethically and transparently.

Undoubtedly you are aware of recent demands from the student body for divestment from fossil fuels, HEI hotels, and companies complicit in the illegal Israeli occupation, as well as historical demands to end our complicity in South African Apartheid and the Darfur genocide. Several campaigns have now requested the creation of a socially responsible investment committee (SRIC) and greater transparency in the allocation of university assets.

To date, student petitions to divest from companies perpetrating abhorrent crimes against humanity have been rejected or ignored. The racist regime in South Africa was eventually brought down by divestiture and sanctions, but the University of Chicago stood with the oppressors throughout by continuing to invest in its violent, repressive policies. Palestinians today are living in conditions fully comparable to apartheid. It is past time for us to take stock once again of the tangible effects on fellow humans’ lives that our financial decisions have.

The University is likely invested in companies that support Israeli crimes, which have been repeatedly condemned by the United Nations as illegal under international law. We are therefore materially supporting, on an institutional level, a specific policy of illegal activity by a foreign government.

We write to personally implore you to heed the calls of the university community and end the shameful legacy of unethical investment by our institution by implementing the demands laid out in the Resolution to Divest University Funds from Apartheid, passed by College Council in April of 2016 (see the resolution: https://uofcdivest.com/resolution/). These are as follows:

1.) Withdraw all university investments from companies actively complicit in human rights violations against Palestinians, including Boeing, Caterpillar Corporation, Elbit Systems, General Electric, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lockheed Martin, Motorola Systems, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.

2.) Remain divested from these companies until they cease their involvement in those activities which violate international human rights law.

3.) Create a Socially Responsible Investment Committee with student representation that oversees ethical investment policy and transparency in investments.

Fulfillment of these demands would not constitute a violation of the 1967 Kalven Committee Report on the University’s Role in Social and Political Action. The Report specifies an exception to its general advisements for instances in which “corporate activities of the university may appear so incompatible with paramount social values as to require careful assessment of the consequences.” In this vein, the university has rightfully taken action with regard to immigration this past year by formally opposing the President’s executive orders banning citizens of majority-Muslim countries and advocating for the continuation of the DACA program. Certainly, just as with immigration, apartheid is an issue of paramount social importance to which the university must be compelled to respond.

While a university policy of ethical investment would possibly raise questions of financial efficacy, we implore you to recognize that the human cost of investment in Palestinian suffering is too high to dismiss the possibility of seeking a creative solution. This is our responsibility as members of an institution of powerful standing and critical engagement.

We also ask that you speak with the students who are calling for divestment, whatever your opinion, to engage in meaningful dialogue about our university’s role in human rights abuses. To set up such a meeting, you may contact UofC Divest organizers at uofcdivest@gmail.com.

We implore you to finally put the university on the right side of history. In years to come, we will be proud to have washed our hands of Palestinian blood while we had the chance.

Signatures:
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Individuals:
1. Kris Rosentel, Alum & Masters Student, The College & School of Social Service Administration, AB’16, AM’17
2. Qudsiyyah Shariyf, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
3. Sara Rubinstein, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'16
4. Cara Piraino, Joint AB/AM Student, The College & Center for Middle Eastern Studies, AB'17, AM'18
5. Zach Taylor, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
6. Sara Zubi, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
7. Leyla Abdella, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
8. Natalie Naculich, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
9. Lara Ryan, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
10. Ala Tineh, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
11. Jola Idowu, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB '18
12. Olivia Adams, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
13. Selman Aksünger
14. Samantha Gilbbert, Undergraduate, The College, AB'17
15. Alexander Daibes, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
16. Milena Pross, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
17. Anna Nathanson, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
18. Bonnie Song, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
19. William Thomas, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
20. Katie Day, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
21. Michelle Yang, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
22. Madeline Kranz
23. Veronica Myers, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
24. Calvin Woodard, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
25. Henry Bacha, Undergraduate Student, the College, AB '19
26. Dominick Hall
27. Sloan Rucker, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB’20
28. Tunisia Kenyatta, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
29. Keirsha Thompson, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
30. Stephanie Skora
31. Zach Upton-Davis, Alum, The College, AB'15
32. Kirsten Gindler, Alum, The College, AB'15
33. Benjamin Chametzky, Alum, The College, AB’15
34. Olamide Ogunbambo, Undergraduate Student, The College
35. Violet Sorrentino, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
36. Jessica Law, Undergraduate Student, The College AB'18
37. Victoria Norman, Alum, The College, AB'16
38. JT Johnson, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
39. Mattie Renn, Alum, The College, AB'16
40. Helen Arnett, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB '17
41. Meaghan Murphy, Alum, The College, AB'15
42. Ali Turner, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
43. Samantha Kemp, Masters Student, School of Social Service Administration, AM'17
44. Chloe Yanny-Tillar, Undergraduate Student, The College
45. Winston Berg, Alum, Committee on International Relations, MA'16
46. Shannon Lindstedt, Alum, School of Social Service Administration, AM'16
47. Julie Xu, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
48. Kate Kenny, Masters Student, School of Social Service Administration, AM'17
49. Anthony Downer, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
50. Camila Gonzalez, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
51. Clara del Junco, PhD Candidate, Department of Chemistry
52. Kevin Gislason
53. Salma Elkhaoudi, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
54. Atticus Ballesteros, Undergraduate Student, The College AB'17
55. Priscilla Daboni, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
56. May Huang, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
57. Amanda Hwu, Masters Student, School of Social Service Administration, AM’17
58. Evangeliina Ruiz, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
59. Zebaa Kalimullah, Alum, The College, AB'97
60. Julia Rittenberg, Alum, The College, AB’15
61. Polly Rittenberg
62. Justin Bibler, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
63. Peter Malonis, PhD Student, Committee on Computational Neuroscience
64. Ash Haz
65. William Rhee, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
66. Allan Lake, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
67. Andres Cruz Leland, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB' 20
68. Veronica Lubofsky, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
69. Afreen Ahmed, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
70. Sam Fine
71. Patrick Delsoin
72. Emma Hovanec, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
73. Diana Lozano, Alum, The College, AB '16
74. Percy Stogdon, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
75. Katherine Ordonez, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
76. Marina Rioux, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB’17
77. Mariam Desta, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
78. Ariella Brotherson, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
79. Rahmel Lee Robinson
80. Michael Weinrib, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
81. Nushrat Jahan, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
82. Cavell Means, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
83. Charlotte Heltai, Masters Student, The Divinity School
84. Zakir Gowani, Alum, The College, AB'16
85. Courtney Lakoduk, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
86. Sherlock Ziauddin, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
87. Elena Peterman, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
88. Dragos Calugar, Alum, The College, AB'13
89. Sam Catlin, Ph.D. Student, Department of Comparative Literature
90. Blue, Masters Student, School of Social Service Administration, AM '17
91. Tanima Sharma, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology
92. Sofia Yunez, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
93. Jackie Genova, Staff Member, Harris School of Public Policy
94. Alden Herrera, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
95. Brooke Adams, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
96. Nicole Erin Morse, PhD Candidate, Cinema and Media Studies
97. Sarah Fineman, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
98. Kelley Collings
99. Emily Dreyfus, PhD Candidate, Germanic Studies
100. Tiesha Cassel, Masters Student, The Divinity School, AM'17
101. Andrea Nishi, Alum, The College, AB'13
102. Shahira Johan, Masters Student, Harris School of Public Policy, MPP'18
103. Kandace Williamson, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
104. Dr. Bennett Waxse, Med-Peds Resident Physician, University of Chicago Medicine
105. Ricardo Garcia
106. Hannah Landes, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB '17
107. Emily Lipstein, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
108. Claire Moore, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
109. Addie Barron, Undergraduate Student, The College, SB'17
110. Aqsa Ahmad, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
111. Hanna Alshaikh, Masters Student, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
112. Dan Lastres, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
113. Mari Cohen, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
114. Danielle Wilson, Alum, The College, AB'15
115. Rosemarie Ho, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
116. Paul Noursi
117. Kenzo Esquivel, Undergraduate Student, The College, SB'17
118. Dhyana Taylor, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
119. Eric Holmberg, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
120. Kathryn Yin, Undergraduate Student, The College AB'19
121. Elizabeth Adetiba, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
122. Naureen Kheraj, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
123. Kyle Ralev
124. Hoda Katebi, Alum, The College, AB'16
125. Caitlin Hogan, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
126. Aminah Sallam, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
127. Mohammed Alsenani, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
128. Katherine Taylor, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
129. Corbin Allardice, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
130. Nahime G Aguirre, Undergraduate Student, The College
131. Andrew Massie, Alum, Division of the Humanities, AM'14
132. Grace Hobbs, Alum, Division of the Humanities, AM'14
133. Stephen Monteiro, Alum, Division of the Humanities, AM'14
134. Ninamarie Ochoa , Alum, Division of the Humanities, AM '14
135. Sam Joyce, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
136. William Underwood, Masters Student, The Divinity School, AM'17
137. Jonah Berg, Alum, The Lab School, '15
138. Reem Elorbany, Joint MD/PhD Student, Pritzker School of Medicine & Biological Sciences Division
139. Jhanelle Smith, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
140. Jordan Porto, Alum, The College, AB '16
141. Ryn Seidewitz, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
142. Michal Kranz, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB '17
143. Renee Winget, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
144. Tiye Stephens, Undergraduate Student, The College AB '19
145. Elijah Wolter, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB '18
146. Everett Pelzman, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
147. Alex Lampros, Alum, The College, AB '04
148. Frances Chen, Undergraduate Student, The College
149. Ezra Max, Undergraduate Student, The College, SB'20
150. Jack Dragu, PhD Student, Department of English
151. Jose Heredia, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
152. Gloria Morelos, Undergraduate Student, The College AB'18
153. Nabeel Ebeid, Alum, The College, AB'08
154. Emily Fine, Alum, The College, AB'76
155. Martha Teka, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
156. Annie Wu, Alum, The College, AB'15
157. Catherine Shim, Alum, The College, AB'03
158. Casey Lange, Alum, The College, AB'10
159. Claudio Sansone, PhD Student, Department of Comparative Literature & Department of Classics
160. Maurice Rabb, Alum, The Lab School, '85
161. Camilla Hudson, Alum, The Lab School, '83
162. Paul Gilbert II, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
163. Felix Lecocq, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
164. Darren Wan, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
165. Christopher Morris, Alum, The College, AB'99
166. Hex Bouderdaben, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
167. Alex Shams, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology
168. Robert Van den Bosch, Alum, AM'77
169. Maher Alhaj, Masters Student, The Divinity School, AM'19
170. Nicholas Antos, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
171. Nina Farnia, Alum, The College, AB'02
172. Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle, Alum, The College, AB'04
173. Dr. Ali Shandiz, Alum, Biological Sciences Division, PhD'07
174. Keegan Morris, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
175. Ella Hereth, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB' 04
176. Abhishek Bhattacharyya, PhD student, Department of South Asian Language and Culture and Department of Anthropology
177. Arvin Shandiz, Alum & Masters Student, The College & Booth School of Business, AB'07, MBA '17
178. Ogonna Obiajunwa, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
179. Dr. Virgil E. Matthews, Alum, Department of Chemistry, SM'52, PhD'55
180. Abhinav Pandey, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
181. Monica Mori, Alum, The College, AB'56
182. Alexandra Thompson, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB '19
183. Larry Coldon, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB '20
184. Isabel Bloom, Undergraduate, The College, AB'19
185. Ender Sahin, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
186. Michael LeMay, Undergraduate, Computer Science, SB'19
187. Sonia K. Weaver, Alum, The Divinity School, AMRS'99
188. Angad Singh, Undergraduate Student, The College
189. Will Kong, PhD Student, Department of Computer Science
190. Elias Oakes, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
191. Richard J. Ream, Alum, The Divinity School, AM'85
192. Dr. Rosa Williams, Alum, Department of History, PhD'13
193. P. Fee, Alum, Committee on International Relations, AM'15
194. Michael Deheeger, Alum, Harris School of Public Policy, MPP'15
195. Chelsie May, PhD Student, Department of Near Eastern Language and Culture
196. Kenneth Koenen, Alum, The Lab School, '16
197. Michelle Gan, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
198. Emeline Posner, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
199. Tabish Dayani, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
200. Ali Syed, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
201. Fatima Eldigair, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
202. Frank Sierra, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
203. Raphael Espinoza, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
204. Jamila Picart, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
205. Adam Berger, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
206. Evan Pensis, PhD Student, Division of the Humanities
207. Ryan Teehan, Undergraduate Student, The College, SB'18
208. Peggy Xu, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
209. Dr. Elaine Waxman, Alum, Harris School of Public Policy & School of Social Service Administration, AM'86, PhD'09
210. Alexis Obasuyi, Alum, The College, AB'16
211. Arwa Awan, PhD Student, Department of Political Science
212. Kenya Senecharles, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
213. Yarra Elmasry, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
214. Vincente Perez, Alum, The College , AB'16
215. Natalie Reid, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
216. Saniya Ali, Alum, Social Sciences Division, AM'16
217. Dana Dzik, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
218. Mary Blair, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
219. Sanya Khatri, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
220. Simone Brandford-Altsher, Undergraduate Student, The Student, AB'18
221. Jahne Brown, Undergraduate student, The College, AB'20
222. Yousef Turshani, Alum, Pritzker School of Medicine, MD'06
223. Daniel Jellins, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
224. Lily Grossbard, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
225. Fred Kardos, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
226. Sainatee Suarez, Masters Student, Social Sciences Division, AM'17
227. Sarah Graywood, Masters Student, Social Sciences Division, AM'17
228. Kristin (Wilson) Kaul, Alum, The College, AB'85
229. Annika Nilsson, Masters Student, Social Sciences Division, Social Sciences Division, AM'17
230. Nathan Rubinfeld, Alum, Division of the Humanities, AM'14
231. Jennifer Johnson, Alum, Division of the Humanities, AM'14
232. Saeb Ashan, Master's Student, Harris School of Public Policy, MPP'18
233. Benjamin Bernard-Herman, Master's Student, Division of Social Sciences, AM'17
234. Kayla Hartman, Masters Student, Social Service Administration, AM '18
235. Troy Ordonez, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
236. Kendall Elue, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB '17
237. Christy Oso, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
238. Shae Omonijo, Undergraduate, The College, AB'18
239. Maya Grever, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB '17
240. Leah Campbell
241. Emily Bright, Alum, The College, AB'99
242. Michael Levin, Alum, Social Sciences Division, AM'76
243. Payal Kumar, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
244. Jessica Lu, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
245. Marty Jiffar, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
246. Alyssa Rodriguez, Undergraduate, The College, AB'18
247. Hanna Batlan, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
248. Ava Benezra, Alum, The College, AB'15
249. Michael Burke, Undergraduate Student, The College, SB'17
250. Puck Orabel, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
251. Elizabeth Myles, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
252. Fikayo Walter-Johnson, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
253. Eli Winter, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
254. Megan Verner-Crist, Undergraduate Student, The College, SB'18
255. Zuneera Masood
256. Ajeet Singh, Alum, The College, AB'13
257. Margaret Dowd, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
258. Tyler He, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'19
259. Zachary Williams, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
260. Ian Hafley, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
261. Gabby Snowden
262. Bemnet Gebrechirstos
263. Musaab Bashir, Undergraduate, The College, AB'18
264. Dr. Munzareen Padela, Pediatric Resident Physician & Masters Student, University of Chicago Medicine & Harris School of Public Policy, AM'17
265. Ireri Perez, Masters Student, Social Sciences Division, AM'17
266. David Forbes, Alum, The College, AB'71
267. Masha Boyarinova, Undergraduate Student, The College, SB'19
268. Canyon Frost
269. Madison Heckel, Masters Student, Social Sciences Division, AM'17
270. Samar Alqatari, Masters Student, Physical Sciences Division, SM'17
271. Sameena Azhar, PhD Candidate, School of Social Service Administration
272. Cruz Rodriguez, Arabic Language & Cultures Certificate Student, Graham School
273. Chloe Pfeiffer, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
274. Marwah Roussi, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
275. Maymouna Sissoko
276. Shira Fishbach, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'17
277. Mateo Uribe Rios, HSI Bridge Scholar, Graham School, '17
278. Turaia Ahsan, Alum, The Lab School, '10
279. Darian Doakes, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
280. Adrian Morquecho, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
281. Shayla Harris, Undergraduate Student, The College
282. Desiree Smith, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
283. Feven Jembere, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'20
284. Jake Kleinbaum, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
285. Madison Lo, Undergraduate Student, The College, AB'18
286. Jesse Smith
287. Jeremy A. Siegman, Alum, Department of Political Science & Department of Anthropology, PhD '17

Organizations:
1. UofC Divest
2. Students for Justice in Palestine UChicago
3. Muslim Students Association
4. Jewish Voice for Peace UChicago
5. The Organization of Black Students
6. Students Working Against Prisons
7. UChicago Socialists
8. Queers United in Power (QUIP)
9. Axis UChicago
10. MEChA de UChicago
11. PanAsia Solidarity Coalition
12. Arab Student Association
13. Phoenix Survivors Alliance

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