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Princeton University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
Helm Building 330 Alexander Street, 3rd Floor
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Phone
(609) 258-3000
Email address
uaoffice@princeton.edu
School Information
"Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and the service of humanity. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding." The university enrolls over 8,100 student and has over 1,200 faculty across its 36 academic concentrations. (Source: https://admission.princeton.edu/academics/quick-facts-about-princeton)
General Information
Princeton University has taken the dramatic step of renaming its iconic Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs. Additionally, the university is currently exploring a new "degree" program, although the details have not yet been released. The university has also launched the RISE Fellowship to sponsor students and faculty who want to research systemic racism, anti-racism, racial justice, and the history of anti-racist movements. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • University will be exploring a new “degree-granting program”
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The university announced, "The University has established the Ad Hoc Committee on Racial Equity and Diversity-Related Professional Development. The cross-institutional committee led by Human Resources and Institutional Equity and Diversity has been tasked with making recommendations for expansion of educational and training efforts using a range of formats and delivery vehicles across all campus populations. In addition, Human Resources and the Office of the Provost offer several trainings, workshops and online resources for faculty and staff related to diversity, equity and inclusion, including 'Mitigating Bias in the Hiring Life Cycle,' 'Inclusive Mentoring' and 'Interrupting Bias in the Academic Search Process.'"
  • The Daily Princetonian reports, "The Class of 2025 was the first to engage with a new orientation training module designed to facilitate discussions of the University’s racist history and the power of student activism. The module centered around the To Be Known and Heard virtual gallery, which depicts vignettes of 'Princeton’s long and complex relationship with racism' starting from the 18th century to modern time, according to the site. During the training session, residential college advisers (RCAs) led their first-years through explorations of the virtual gallery and discussions on how to navigate conversations around race and identity."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • There has been a "curricular redesign in the School of Public and International Affairs." Specifically, "The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) is engaged in a comprehensive review of its graduate core curriculum to assess how to incorporate issues of diversity, equity and inclusion into the core training in politics, economics, statistics and behavioral analysis for its master in public affairs (MPA) degree. The goal is for all MPA core courses to include greater focus on the differential impacts of policies based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality and nationality. A similar review will be conducted for the undergraduate program next year."
  • The university stated, "The 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education gave its first set of faculty awards to support the development of courses that address systemic racism, racial injustice and/or the history of civil rights. New courses include the sociology class 'Police Violence, #BlackLivesMatter and COVID-19' and the English class 'Mourning America: Emerson and Douglass.'" It also said, "The Humanities Council has funded several projects to address and confront systemic racism, in collaboration with artists, activists, scientists and journalists. Recent examples include a faculty symposium 'Afro-Asian Connections in Latin America' and a student-led project to build broadband networks for Black and Latinx residents in Philadelphia."
  • The university announced, "A new general education distribution requirement in the area of culture and difference was established for undergraduates."
  • According to the university, "Thirty-three Princeton graduate students co-created and completed the Graduate School’s inaugural Inclusive Leadership Learning Cohort (ILLC) in fall 2020. The GradFUTURES Professional Development and Access, Diversity and Inclusion teams at the Graduate School led this new initiative, partnering with graduate students to shape the program as a platform for anti-racism efforts." The university also said, "In the first iteration of the ILLC, nearly half of the 33 individual action plans involved changes graduate students intend to lead on campus, often in conjunction with their departments. Action plans focused on a wide array of solutions, including promoting inclusive and equity-minded teaching, research and citation practices; designing equitable admissions recruitment processes; addressing voter suppression across the state; and building systems to support social and environmental justice for low-income communities of color."
Program and Research Funding
  • RISE Fellowship program established for students and faculty who want to research systemic racism, anti-racism, racial justice, and the history of anti-racist movements.
  • The university announced, "Twelve scholars from across the disciplines have been named Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellows for academic year 2021-22. They will be the third cohort of fellows appointed at Princeton with the aim of enhancing diversity in the professoriate."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • The university announced, "The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has convened the Public Safety Community Advisory Committee — made up of faculty, undergraduates, administrators and graduate students — to provide feedback, advice and suggestions for how Public Safety can best serve the University community."
Resources
  • "Wintersession", an event commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will feature a roundtable discussion on "race and racism at Princeton University" and a virtual gallery titled "To Be Known and Heard: Systemic Racism and Princeton University".
  • There is a "new Inclusive Leadership Learning Cohort in the Graduate School."
  • The university said, "Princeton has also made a commitment to conduct an external review of its racial equity and broader diversity initiatives every four years. This process will help the University to assess the impact of all its activities towards its goals synergistically. The first external review will take place in academic year 2024-25."
  • The university said, "The Faculty Advisory Committee on Diversity (FACD) advises the President, the Provost, and the Dean of the Faculty with regard to diversity and inclusivity issues, including specifically with regard to faculty hiring, policies, curriculum and campus climate. A proposal for a re-conceived committee was approved by the full faculty last fall and new committee members elected by the full faculty in April 2021."
  • The university announced, "The Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students is proud to announce that its central anti-racism initiative, FOCUS, now has a stand-alone microsite(link is external) and brand identity of its own." The website "will serve as a for hub information on past and future FOCUS Speaker Series events as well as other relevant information on University-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) resources. As Princeton expands its anti-racist programming under its comprehensive recommitment(link is external) to overcoming prejudice on and off campus, FOCUS will continue to offer new opportunities for members of the Princeton community to engage with anti-racist thought, scholarship, and action."
Symbolic Actions
  • Renaming of the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs.
  • The university said, "The Ad Hoc Committee on Principles to Govern Renaming and Changes to Campus Iconography was broadly charged with developing general principles to govern questions about when and under what circumstances it might be appropriate for the University to remove or contextualize the names and representations of individuals present on the Princeton campus."
Last updated September 30th, 2022
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