This week…a new union at Hamilton, big gifts at Dartmouth and the University of Arizona, changes to policing at Philadelphia schools, and an existential question for Princeton.
A few months back, we reported that student admissions workers at Hamilton College were attempting to unionize, and this week the National Labor Relations Board voted to unionize. The group is small, but it is the first win for undergraduate students seeking to unionize nationwide.
Dartmouth announced this week that a group of 103 female graduates have each donated at least $1 million, raising a total of $379 million. The campaign is one of the largest female-led philanthropic efforts in higher education.
Over on the west coast, the University of Arizona announced a $25 million dollar gift to the W.A. Franke Honors College. The gift will provide student scholarships, stipends for the cost of living, and funding for study abroad leadership opportunities.
In Philadelphia, multiple university police forces have made changes to their policing policies in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. The changes include police officers wearing body cameras, adding community members to public safety advisory boards, and training on how to de-escalate conflicts.
At Harvard and Brown, endowments are at all-time highs. Harvard saw a 27 percent increase in fiscal year 2021, bringing their endowment to $53.2 billion, while Brown’s 50 percent return means their endowment reached $6.9 billion.
For your weekend reading, The Atlantic is asking some big questions, including: “Should Princeton Exist?”