Ten students marched on Parkhurst Hall Monday morning to deliver a letter in protest of the College’s investment in HEI Hotels and Resorts, a hospitality and management company accused of unfair labor practices and discouraging worker unionization.
The letter, addressed to Board of Trustees, high-level administrators and the Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility, was the first step in a campaign urging the College to join Yale University and Brown University in publicly renouncing future investments in HEI, according Nathan Gusdorf ’12, one of the event’s organizers.
The 10 students attempted to personally deliver letters to College President Jim Yong Kim, Executive Vice President Steven Kadish, Provost Carol Folt and Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson. All administrators were busy or in meetings when the students arrived at 8:30 a.m. Secretaries or administrative assistants collected the copies of the letter, according to Janet Kim ’13, the event’s other organizer.
“We wanted to get in early in the morning and make a swift statement at the beginning of the week and the administrator’s day,” Janet Kim said.
Stewart Towle ’12 and Gusdorf led the group in chants prior to and after dropping off the letter.