Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility

OVERVIEW

Georgetown’s Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility (CISR) is charged with making recommendations as to the university’s voting of shareholder proxies as well as considering written proposals from members of the Georgetown community on issues related to socially responsible investment. The CISR was established as an advisory body. Fiduciary oversight for the endowment is vested in a subcommittee of the university Board of Directors, specifically the Subcommittee on Investments of the Committee on Finance and Administration. The CISR does not have authority to review, veto, or recommend specific endowment investments, or to address the day-to-day operations of the university. However, should the Committee decide that a proposal submitted by members of the university community merits further consideration, it will send a written report and recommendation of its findings to the Board, which has final decision-making authority.

The CISR’s operations are governed by the following Principles & Operating Guidelines.


COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

The Committee is comprised of twelve voting members, including faculty, staff, administrators, and student representatives. The chair of the Committee is James Feinerman, Associate Dean for Transnational Programs; Co-Director, Georgetown Law Asia; and James M. Morita Professor of Asian Legal Studies at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Current members include:

  • James Angel, Associate Professor, McDonough School of Business
  • Dr. Jennifer Bouey, Associate Professor & Susan Mayor Professor for Health Equity, School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • John Carr, Director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, Office of the President
  • Juliette Leader, Georgetown University Student Association
  • Rev. Bryant Oskvig, Director of Protestant Chaplaincy, Campus Ministry
  • Nakshidil Sadien, Graduate Student Government 
  • J. Callahan Watson, Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs and Business Policy, Office of Public Affairs 

Meetings and Minutes

Fall 2018

November 12, 2018

Spring 2018

February 26, 2018

April 30, 2018: CISR Memo on Tar Sands Extraction

Fall 2017

October 13, 2017

November 10, 2017

Spring 2017

January 23, 2017

March 2, 2017: CISR Memo on Divestment Proposal

May 5, 2017

Fall 2016

October 14, 2016

November 15, 2016

 


GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSALS

The CISR recognizes that decisions regarding investment responsibility are often controversial and that differing, and sometimes conflicting, opinions on a particular topic may exist within the university community. The Committee’s review of proposals is intended to promote thoughtful dialogue on these complex issues. To that end, the most effective proposals will include the following content and should be no more than five pages in length.

  • AIMS: a concise statement of the goals of the proposal and a summary of desired outcomes, including the impact the proposal will have on the GU community if the goals and outcomes are met.
  • RATIONALE: including the scientific, ethical, moral, historical, social and/or other background for the proposed argument. Ideally the rationale will describe how the proposal is in line with Georgetown’s mission.
  • STRATEGY: the CISR will turn to engagement as a first strategy. Proposals advocating engagement should include specific examples of the success of similarly proposed strategies in the past. Proposals advocating divestment should provide examples of how divestment with regard to the particular issue has been more successful than engagement in the past as well as a philosophical or theoretical framework laying out the conditions under which divestment rather than engagement is appropriate.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Any member of the university community interested in contacting the CISR or submitting a proposal for consideration is welcome to email the Committee at cisr@georgetown.edu.


MEDIA INQUIRIES

Media inquiries regarding the CISR may be directed to the university Office of Communications at (202) 687-4328.