EVENT DATE: Oct 30, 2015
Katie Uva wrote -
In March of 2015, Martin Shkreli donated an uprecedented $1 million to his former school, Hunter College High School. In September, Shkreli became the subject of criticism and debate as he proposed to dramatically increase the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750. After a substantial public outcry, he lowered the increase. But there are many lingering ethical issues about the broader practice of financial speculation in medicine.
As concerned citizens and Hunter alums, we also debated this issue. Some alums hoped Hunter would divest from Martin Shkreli. Others did not want that to happen. Many wondered what current Hunter students and faculty thought. Inherent in this discussion were questions of what we as indviduals could or should do.
I am an individual Hunter alumna. I do not speak for all graduates of the school--no one can. But I invite those who agree with me, or feel their values line up closely enough, to donate to this fundraiser. Funds will go to the Alumnae/i Association to disburse to Hunter College High School for general use (hopefully including the Humanities, which are not the focus of Mr. Shkreli's donation). We would also like to foster a discussion with the school, through the Alumnae/i Association, about having a portion of Martin Shkreli's funds be used to support an annual bioethics event (a lecture, or panel), and a scholarship prize for a graduating student who has proven notable in their study of bioethics or is intending to pursue bioethics in college.
Martin Shkreli has spurred tremendous debate and soulsearching about what is ethical, about what is best for the school, and about how an individual can take action. This fundraiser is an attempt to move forward in these pursuits. Thank you for donating!