Why Divestment Matters

Posted by David Katz

This past Sunday, SGA President Sam Harris addressed the entire student body in an email informing the Skidmore community of the school's developing divestment campaign. What is divestment anyway and why is the SGA president blasting out an email to the whole student body about it?

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