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RISD Students Call for Divestment during Sit-In

RISD Students Call for Divestment during Sit-In


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Students at the Rhode Island School of Design are holding a sit-in in the president's office to call for the school to divest from fossil fuel companies.
 
Eleven students began the sit-in Monday morning. They want RISD President John Maeda and Board of Trustees Chairman Michael Spalter to endorse divestment and present the case for it at the next trustees meeting in May.
 

The students want the school to stop making new investments in fossil fuel companies and sell off existing holdings over five years.
 
Senior Nelle Horsley says the sit-in is peaceful. She says the students brought sleeping bags and are prepared to stay the night. Other students are rallying outside.
 

Spalter says the board is beginning to explore the ``complex issue'' and is forming a study group.

 

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