Success at UNC Board of Trustees Meeting
The Board of Trustees meeting on September 27th was a resounding success for the Sierra Student Coalition. About twenty members attended the meeting, and our yellow-clad presence at the Carolina Inn was impossible to ignore. Tait’s muffin-baking skills definitely contributed to our huge turnout, and it was amazing to see so much dedication and commitment at 8 in the morning.
We want to thank the amazing Dan Cannon, Greenpeace Student Network Coordinator, who visited on Tuesday and Wednesday to help us focus our objectives. Our strategic planning paid off, and we accomplished all four of our key goals:
1. I’ve already mentioned it, but it bears repeating: we had a huge turnout. Thanks to everyone who was able to come—your presence makes the difference.
2. Board of Trustees member Sallie Shuping Russell acknowledged the presence and power of the Beyond Coal Campaign. We appreciate her support, and are excited to cultivate a relationship with her as an ally.
3. On that note, we are in the process of setting up meetings with Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp, Budget Committee Chair Sallie Shuping Russell, and Vice Chancellor for Finance Karol Gray.
4. Finally, Chancellor Thorp confirmed that a forum on the endowment will be held this semester. In fact, it’s going to be on Monday, October 29th. After six months with no timeline, this is a huge victory for everyone who wants to see the University invest more responsibly and sustainably.
This is an exciting victory and we’re going to keep moving forward with new enthusiasm.