Today President Faust sent the email below to Divest Harvard members. The Harvard Spokesperson forwarded her email to news outlets. In response, we are releasing the statement below as well as her original email because we want to be open and honest about our interactions with the Harvard administration.
From: Chloe Maxmin <email@example.com>
To: “Madsen, Lars Peter Knoth” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2015 7:15 PM
Subject: Re: Event in Emerson
Dear President Faust,
Thank you very much for your email. We appreciate the opportunity to meet with you. A team of students, faculty, and alumni would like to sit down with you and representatives of the Corporation at a meeting to formally negotiate about Harvard’s divestment.
Assuming that Harvard will continue in the meantime to invest in fossil fuels, we will continue to act with the full support of the movement that you have seen this week. This is what the urgent climate crisis requires.
After three years, we are glad to hear that you are interested in having a productive discussion about divestment. We look forward to moving this process forward.
From: “Madsen, Lars Peter Knoth” <email@example.com>
To: Chloe Maxmin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2015 2:14 PM
Subject: RE: Event in Emerson
Hi Chloe — Thanks again. Drew wrote you a message, which I have pasted below.
The sign held by students at Emerson Hall yesterday was the first request I had received for a meeting from your group this week, and I want to respond to that invitation.
As you know from our many previous meetings and from the offer I made when you occupied Mass Hall in February, I am always open to hearing from Harvard students about their thoughts and concerns. I would like to renew the offer I made in February: I would be happy to meet with you and a representative group of your student colleagues when you have ceased disrupting university operations. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss again our shared belief that climate change is a serious threat as well as the ways universities can most effectively confront it.
I thought I would also share with you the video recording of Monday’s open forum on climate change, where views both for and against the tactic of divestment were expressed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pDb0mPyedk
I look forward to meeting you to continue our long series of conversations on this important topic.