Proposal to Create an Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing
In his inaugural address, President Crow explained the role of ASU as a New AmericanUniversity. President Crow states that in addition to benefiting the state of Arizona, "...there is amuch broader social obligation that must be met. As members of an academic community, I
believe we must share our expertise globally to help alleviate the host of problems that beset our increasingly complex world."As an New American University, we, the members of the ASU Coalition for Human Rights, believe that Arizona State University should use its influence on a state, national, and eveninternational level to fulfill this "social obligation." As the largest university in the United
States, Arizona State University sets an important example with its policies regarding academicresearch, interdisciplinary collaboration, and human rights.Yet, despite its standing as a leading research university, ASU lags behind other universities onits commitments to social responsibility. Over the past thirty years, other colleges anduniversities in the US have been establishing committees to evaluate the impact of their financialinvestments on issues of human rights and social responsibility. Moreover, the ASU Foundationdescribes itself in its mission statement as “an engine for positive change that, through philanthropic investment, will measurably affect society’s pressing issues." Because aninvestment is an implicit representation of a university's values, ASU has the potential to upholdits "social obligation" by establishing a committee to ensure that ASU's investments, which todate exceed $645 million, are socially responsible.Thus, believing that actions speak louder than words, the ASU Coalition for Human Rights callson ASU to establish an Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing (ACSRI) toinvestigate the impact of ASU's investments on local and global issues of human rights. In thewords of President Crow, to be a New American University, "We must integrate theadvancement of knowledge with the transformation of society."
II. Committee Structure
To ensure that the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing (ACSRI) isrepresentative of the Arizona State University, its thirteen voting members will be drawn fromstudents, faculty, and members of the Phoenix community from a variety of disciplines. Ideally,over time, membership will provide balanced representation of the schools and divisions of theuniversity.A. The voting members of the committee shall consist of:i. Four faculty members, deemed by students and peers as experts in the fields of humanrights and social responsibility.ii. Four undergraduate or graduate students, representing the diversity of perspective of ASU students.