February 28, 2006
To Members of the Bowdoin Community,
In response to the important concerns on this campus and among our alumni about acts of genocide and human rights violations in the Darfur region of Sudan, I have today formed an advisory committee to review this disturbing and deteriorating situation and to recommend a course of action the College might take.
The committee, to be chaired by Bowdoin Trustee Gerald Chertavian '87, will include the following additional members of our community:
James MacAllen '66, trustee
Henry C.W. Laurence, associate professor of government and Asian studies
Jorunn J. Buckley, assistant professor of religion
Paula J. Volent, vice president for investments
Mary Lou Kennedy, director of dining and bookstore services,
Kevin M. Johnson, academic department coordinator, philosophy
James D. Baumberger '06
Emma Cooper-Mullin '07
A small but growing number of U.S. colleges and universities have already announced plans to alter their investment policies in response to this growing humanitarian crisis. It is important for Bowdoin to consider its position and to develop a meaningful policy. I have asked that the committee issue its recommendations to me and the Board of Trustees in time for the Board's campus meetings in May.
As an educational institution, we are sustained and guided by the open discourse and debate encouraged and facilitated on our campus. It is my hope and expectation that our community will benefit from a thorough examination of this issue and that any action we take as a college will restate as strongly as possible Bowdoin's commitment to ethical behavior and our tradition of service to the common good.