In a meeting closed to most media, the UCLA undergraduate student government voted to approve a resolution that “calls for the University of California to divest from several companies that some say contribute to and profit from human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip,” the Daily Bruin reported.
It’s a reversal from a failed – and chaotic – divestment vote in February, with eight officials voting in favor, two abstaining and two voting against, the latter being commissioners for financial supports and academic affairs.
The Daily Bruin estimated about 250 students came to the meeting and said more than 30 students spoke during 90 minutes of public comment. The most high-profile opponents – Bruins for Israel and Hillel at UCLA – “did not make any public comments during the allotted time.”
The undergrad student president resigned his post less than a week before the vote, saying the school was not “made for people like me,” a self-described “Afro-Cuban queer male.”