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SUPPORTERS SEEK SOCIALLY,
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY JOBS
League campuses, others across country support
Manchester College-based graduation pledge
MANCHESTER, Ind. — May 7, 2002 — Six years ago, Indianapolis
resident Dana Nixon pledged on her college graduation
day to consider jobs that are socially and environmentally
did so by supporting the Manchester College-based Graduation
Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility, which
states: "I pledge to explore and take into account
the social and environmental consequences of any job I
consider and will try to improve these aspects of any
organization for which I work."
addition to the pact she made with herself to support
the pledge, Dana publicly demonstrated her support of
it by wearing a green ribbon on her gown during commencement
she has remained true to the pledge these past six years.
graduating from Manchester with a biology degree, the
Fort Wayne native said, "I wanted a job where I could
work for change to improve our current state of recklessness
with nature, urban sprawl, energy consumption, and fossil
conducting a job search, Dana also did a lot of soul searching.
When she began looking for environmental change organizations,
she thought to herself, "Why not think globally and
been doing just that since June 1998 with the Indianapolis-based
Hoosier Environmental Council. As the council’s Action
Fund canvass director, the young woman leads teams of
grassroots organizers to build support for the coalition’s
campaigns. Dana said the teams do this by going door to
door across Indiana.
the pledge goes beyond Dana’s professional life. It’s
also part of her personal life.
try not to support companies that are destructive to the
environment," she said. "I work to purchase
organic foods, clothing not made by sweatshop labor, and
Walsh, a 2000 Harvard University graduate and a pledge
supporter, thinks much the same way.
she never considered herself the "environmental type,"
Sinead said the pledge led her to bring about change.
started making changes in my life such as turning off
lights, trying to reuse and recycle," she said.
a native of Dublin, Ireland, is currently in Rwanda working
with Population Services International. She organized
the pledge effort during her senior year at Harvard where
it’s known as GradPledge.
of its name or the exact wording (the pledge reads the
same on most campuses, while its wording is tweaked at
others), the pledge has grown since Manchester College
became the national headquarters in 1996 under the leadership
of Dr. Neil Wollman. Students from about 100 campuses
— ranging from small colleges such as Olivet and Skidmore
to major universities such as Harvard and Stanford — are
supporting the pledge this year, up from the handful that
supported it six years ago. Seven of the eight Ivy League
campuses are supporting it this spring.
Dana, the pledge is about making a difference.
is a pledge to be a responsible citizen of the globe,"
she said. "It lets people know that decisions they
make, even career choice, can make a serious impact on
or for the environment."
others, the pledge has meant establishing recycling programs
at their places of employment, pushing for greater involvement
of women in high school athletics, and eliminating racist
language in a training manual among other actions.
actions, taken together, help to better the world, according
to Dr. Wollman.
the pledge gets at the heart of a good education and can
benefit society as a whole," Neil Wollman, the coordinator,
said. "Not only does it remind students of the ethical
implications of the knowledge and training they received,
but it can help lead to a socially-conscious citizenry
and a better world.
College — an independent, liberal arts college located
in North Manchester, Ind., and a college of the Church
of the Brethren — offers more than 45 areas of study to
more than 1,160 students from 23 states and 29 countries.
Ninety-eight percent of its graduates find employment
within six months of commencement. The public can visit
the college’s Web site at www.manchester.edu.