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Sustainability

CWU Council on Investor Responsibility

Purpose

The CWU Council on Investor Responsibility (CIR) advises the University, through the office of the CFO, regarding environmental and social governance (ESG) concerns that might influence the management of the University's investments.  

Responsibilities  

  • Provide transparency to University investment holdings and decisions 
  • Advise on relevant ESG-related investing issues to ensure the Universities holdings match its mission and values 
  • Provide continuity and institutional memory on relevant policy issues 
  • Advise the VP of Business and Financial Affairs on socially responsible investment policy issues by proposing written policies for the Board of Trustees’ consideration 
  • Coordinate and facilitate communication, education, research, and engagement with the CWU community on relevant ESG policy issues 
  • Receive issues and proposals from the CWU community 

Membership 

The Council on Investor Responsibility aims for broad and representative membership, with student, staff, and faculty representation.  The council chair is elected by the council members in March and serves for a term of one academic year.  

2021-2022 Chair: Kathleen Klaniecki, Sustainability Coordinator, klanieckik@cwu.edu

Name Role and Department
Toni Sipic Department Chair, Department of Economics
Han Donker Department Chair, Department of Accounting
Patrick Stanton Executive Director of Finance, Accounting & Financial Services
Kate Doughty Farm and Sustainability Manager, Auxiliary Enterprises
Christopher Huss Financial Systems Functional Manager, Accounting Office
Cassie Koefod Lecturer, Department of Economics
Kathleen Klaniecki Sustainability Coordinator, University Operations
Kelly Minor Fiscal Analyst 4, Grants, Contracts, Investments & Fixed Assets
Jenny Cravens P.R. O'Shaughnessy Executive Professor, Department of Accounting
Deanna Marshall Advisor & Recruiter, Academic Advising
Md Noman Hossain Assistant Professor, Finance 
Derek Zinn Undergraduate student, College of Business 
Kameron Eck Undergraduate student, College of Business 
Davyn Cox Undergraduate student, College of Business
Magnusson Mussard Undergraduate student, College of Business
Glenn Mckee Undergraduate student, College of Business

 

Meetings 

The CWU Council on Investor Responsibility will meet quarterly, at a minimum, during the academic year.  CWU students, staff and faculty may attend CIR meetings for the purpose of observing the meeting. 

2021-2021 meeting times: every second Monday from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Teams

Reporting 

Meeting dates, agendas and minutes will be posted on the CWU Sustainability website.  Annual reporting of progress will be made to Chief Financial Officer/VP for Business and Financial Affairs. 

Invitation to CWU Students

The CWU Council on Investor Responsibility invites interested CWU students to join us on a project evaluating the university's investments along environmental, social, and governance metrics. Students will have the opportunity to study financial investments in stocks and bonds and analyze the ESG performance using latest financial and statistical modeling. They will have access to financial and ESG databases such as ISS and CRSP. Students will collaborate with faculty, staff, and their peers on the project. We hope the results of our analysis will inform university investment policies and assist us in reaching our shared sustainability goals.

If you are interested in joining, please email Dr. Toni Sipic at Toni.Sipic@cwu.edu