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Panel to Discuss Fossil Fuel Divestment Issues


Four experts will debate fossil fuel divestment in a roundtable panel on Monday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., in the Chapel. Participants will include Rafael Castilla, director of investment risk management at the University of Michigan; Victoria Fernandez, associate analyst for 350.org; Katelyn Kriesel, financial advisor for Koenig & Selzer Asset Management Group; and Rachelle Peterson, research associate for the National Association of Scholars. The roundtable, “Should Colleges Divest From Fossil Fuels?,” is sponsored by Hamilton’s Environmental Studies department and is free and open to the public.

Rafael Castilla received a bachelor of arts in applied mathematics and economics from Harvard University in 1989 and a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School in 1992. As the director of investment risk management at the University of Michigan, Castilla is responsible for managing a $10 billion public university endowment.

Victoria Fernandez attends the University of California, Berkeley, where she is the Fossil Free UC (FFUC) field organizer for the California Student Sustainability Coalition. She is also the former student divestment campaign leader at UC Berkeley and the co-founder and logistics and membership coordinator for FFUC.

In addition to being a financial advisor for Koenig & Selzer in Manlius, Katelyn Kriesel is the president of Syracuse Sustainability Enterprises, which provides consulting services to divest movements at colleges and other institutions

Rachelle Peterson is research associate for the National Association of Scholars and served as a policy intern for the Center for Arizona Policy and a research intern for Manhattan Institute.

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