Divest Ed is a training and strategy hub working to resource, vitalize, and broaden the fossil fuel divestment movement one campus campaign at a time.
We believe that universities can be moral pillars of society, that they can be more like civic leaders, and less like corporations. We support campaigns aiming to use the influence of their universities to empower people, through divestment from greedy corporations, and sustainable reinvestment in local communities.
We aim to build a sustainable student movement led by young people, where they can challenge their institutions, build critical awareness among each other, share resources, and continue to organize for social justice long after they have left school.
Divest Ed officially launched in October 2018, but our parent organization Better Future Project has been supporting campus divestment campaigns in New England since the movement kicked off in August 2012. As this movement launched, 350.org hired field staff in every region except New England, where 350.org instead provided BFP directly with funding to hire our own Campus Divestment Organizer from 2012-2015. BFP is proud to have used that funding to help New England divestment campaigns make tremendous strides, and we continued to support student divestment organizers after 350.org changed their field model in 2015. In close partnership with 350.org and the Divestment Student Network, BFP has supported hundreds of student divestment organizers through campaign coaching, trainings, and network events. We have also connected students to the broader climate justice movement in Massachusetts, helping them find ways to take leadership in off-campus campaigns for state divestment, against new gas infrastructure, and more.
In 2016, we launched our first ever Climate Organizing Fellowship, a leadership development program for student organizers to learn campaign skills and political education and to connect with each other. This program has laid the foundations for our now national Organizing Fellowship which will begin in January 2019.
We have supported divestment campaigns at Boston College, Boston University, Clark, College of the Holy Cross, Mount Holyoke College, Northeastern, Smith, and Tufts, Yale. We also played a key role in the proudly successful UMass system and Lesley College campaigns.
By meeting one-on-one with student leaders, providing in-person trainings, connecting students to each other, and offering guidance and advice, we have helped students develop new skills and take their campaigns to new heights. We are proud to be able to expand this work nationally and scale up our resources and support.