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What does it mean to be an activist at Middlebury?

“A lot of people who are leading activist charges, it’s the same group of people over and over,” said student activist Taite Shomo ’20.5.


November 14, 2019

Students engaged in a variety of change-making efforts, both on-campus and off, report unique challenges that come with navigating activism at the college.

Middlebury Moves to Divest as Part of New Energy2028 Plan

Members of Divest Middlebury celebrate yesterday's news on Facebook Live.


February 14, 2019

The Middlebury Board of Trustees unanimously voted to divest last weekend, the culmination of a more than six-year effort by student-activists to rid the institution's endowment of investments in fossil fuels. Divestment is one of four components of the institution’s new 10-year Energy2028 plan,...

Divestment Makes Us Proud


February 14, 2019

We are excited and incredibly proud of the Energy2028 initiative.

We Demand Justice: Divest Shows Student Power

Students met with the Board of Trustees last Friday, Sept. 28, to present the case for fossil fuel divestment.


October 4, 2018

This past Friday, Divest Middlebury took a major step towards our goal of finally aligning the college endowment with our mission statement.

Activists Renew Call for Fossil Fuel Divestment

Bill McKibben, an environmental activist and scholar at the college, addresses the crowd during a rally outside Old Chapel in support of fossil fuel divestment on Thursday, Oct. 19.


November 1, 2017

As Middlebury’s board of trustees convened inside Old Chapel on Thursday, Oct. 19, members of the college community rallied outside to renew a years-long call for the college to divest from fossil fuels. The event, described as a teach-in, was organized by the student group Divest Middlebury. Sch...

Open Letter to the President and Trustees

By Guest Contributor

October 21, 2015

For five decades Middlebury College has been an outstanding leader in promoting environmental studies and international studies and in adopting sustainable operating procedures. Laurie Patton has shared with me her commitment as the College’s new president to build on and extend this admirable record...

Divestment: It’s Not Just Our Turn, It’s Our Obligation

By Maeve Grady

October 21, 2015

One year ago, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund divested $860 million from the fossil fuel industry. Now it’s our turn. The philanthropic fund bears the well-known name of John D. Rockefeller, philanthropist and founder of Standard Oil, the company we now know as ExxonMobil. His heirs’ uncoupling...

Time to Divest

By Middlebury Campus

October 21, 2015

As the last trees on campus dramatically change from green to gold, it is hard for members of the Middlebury community to lose sight of their natural surroundings. In fact, such a pristine backdrop makes it clear why the College was inspired to found the nation’s first Program in Environmental Studies,...

Students Rekindle Divestment Fire

Students Rekindle Divestment Fire

By David Yang

October 30, 2013

On Thursday, Oct. 10, student organization Divest Middlebury held its first organized meeting of the academic year. The event confirmed that student interest in the divestment movement is still alive and well on campus, in spite of an email sent by President of the College Ronald D. Liebowitz over the...

The Many Faces of Divestment

By Kelsey Collins

September 18, 2013

On Aug. 28, students and faculty received an email from President of the College Ronald D. Liebowitz with the subject line “Statement on Divestment.” The message read,  “Ultimately, the call to divest raises a number of important questions that must be answered … At this time, too many of these...

Dive$ting for Dollar$

By Zach Drennen

September 11, 2013

Forget everything you thought you knew about why Middlebury College must divest. It is not about abandoning profitable investments for moral reasons. It is about abandoning investments with little hope of future growth. It is about getting out of a bubble that is about to burst. Last year, we watched...

Students Talk Divestment

Teddy Smyth '15 speaks during the College's second panel on divestment. (Jessica Munyon)

By Jess Berry

May 1, 2013

  On Sunday, April 28, the discussion of the divestment of the College’s endowment from fossil fuel industries continued with a student-only panel, featuring three students in favor of the movement with four students whose opinions ranged from strong opposition to measured skepticism. The...

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