Mount Holyoke students (c.1985) protest the college’s investments in South Africa, where thousands of people were suffering under the policies of apartheid. After a prolonged activist campaign, including a student referendum, the Board of Trustees agreed to fully divest from its stock held in South Africa by early 1987.
For the first time since then, Mount Holyoke is having another referendum, this time to divest from fossil fuel industries. Whether you believe that Mount Holyoke needs to support these investments for the financial well-being of the college or that divestment is a crucial step towards a sustainable future, vote now and make Mount Holyoke history! Polls are open until March 1.