Initiatives

Based on its desire to improve the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body and workforce, Princeton has a number of ongoing efforts to make the University more inclusive in its policies and culture. The items below tell you about the big picture; our historical timeline shows the many individual actions Princeton has taken, particularly in the last 50 years.

  • Expanding cultural studies curricula: Late in the of fall 2014, the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) convened a special task force on diversity, equity and inclusion. The work of the task force culminated in a wide-ranging series of recommendations which touch all aspects of University life.  One immediately accessible outcome provides access to funding for faculty members who wish to develop new courses in cultural studies. 
  • Diversity strategic plans: In 2013, as one of his first acts, Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber endorsed the recommendations of the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity. The committee's report offered a comprehensive set of proposals to increase the diversity and inclusivity of the University, with a focus on graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and senior administrators. A key recommendation was for each department to craft a multiyear strategic diversity plan for recruiting and retention (.pdf) (see page 10), with centralized financial and administrative support.
  • Admission and hiring. In addition to complying with legal standards, the University has established its own admission and hiring policies to ensure equal access to all groups.
  • Academic preparedness. Princeton hosts a number of programs that support low-income, racial minority, and first-generation college students' entry into the academic pipeline. For high school students, Princeton offers the Princeton University Preparatory Program and hosts the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) summer program. The Office of the Dean of the College runs the Freshman Scholars Institute for entering freshmen and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship for underrepresented Princeton students interested in pursuing a career in academia. Several academic departments host summer research programs for visiting undergraduates interested in pursuing graduate degrees, including the Department of Molecular Biology, Department of Chemistry, Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and the Graduate School.
  • Multicultural academic offerings. A number of departments, centers and programs focus on specific populations, such as the Department of East Asian Studies, Center for African American Studies and Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. These academic units promote dialogue through their courses, research and lectures.
  • Training. A number of units on campus — including Human Resources, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the Office of the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity, and the Ombuds Office — offer training related to topics such as diversity and inclusion, hiring, harassment, and allyship. The Advocate & Learn section of this website provides a sampling of on-campus and online trainings available.
  • Networks for connecting. A number of offices and groups around campus offer ways to find community with people who are like you and those who are different from you. They range from student and employee groups to multicultural campus centers and administrative offices. Their services and programming include offering lectures and events, providing a number of welcoming spaces on campus, and facilitating dialogue. 
  • Celebrations and awards. A number of annual campus celebrations and awards recognize the multicultural makeup of the University and reward efforts to diversify our community.
  • Resources for faculty and graduate students. Several units across campus provide resources for faculty, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students.  The McGraw Center's Working Group on Inclusive Teaching and Learning regularly provides professional development opportunities for faculty and graduate students with teaching responsibilities.  Princeton University has an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NFCDD) which makes virtual resources available to anyone with a Princeton email account.   

President Eisgruber issues statement on racial injustice and campus diversity

President Christopher L. Eisgruber issued a statement on racial injustice and campus diversity Monday, Dec. 8, during a meeting of the Council of the Princeton University Community.

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Special Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In response to President Eisgruber's statement on racial injustice and diversity delivered at the December 8 CPUC meeting, the Executive Committee has created the Special Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The task force is encouraging the community to share comments, questions and ideas. 

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Financial aid budget grows to $140 million

On Jan. 31, the Board of Trustees approved the University's 2015-16 operating budget which includes a 7.4% increase in funding for undergraduate financial aid.

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Faculty hiring, graduate recruiting programs among diversity initiatives

In response to the 2013 Report of the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Divesity, initiatives are underway to diversify the faculty, graduate student, postdoctoral and staff populations.

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Steering committee, working groups appointed

Provost David S. Lee announced the membership of the steering committee and three working groups that consititue the Special Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of the CPUC at the Feb. 9 meeting.

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Dinner brings first-generation students and faculty together

A small group of students and faculty members recently enjoyed a meal and discussed some common challenges they share as the first in their families to attend college.

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Gonzalez named associate dean of the college

Khristina Gonzalez, formerly associate director of the Princeton Writing Center , has been appointed associate dean of the college.  In this new role, which she began in April, Gonzalez will focus on programs and initiatives that support the University's commitment to diversity and inclusion in the student body.

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Implementation Update

The Special Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has submitted its report. Several changes are underway.

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UMatter health and well-being initiative launched

Be an active bystander - make healthy choices - care for others - take action! The new UMatter initiative helps students, faculty and staff promote a healthier and safer campus community.

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Wilson legacy discussions set to begin

The special trustee committee examining the legacy of Woodrow Wilson will hold open forums and attend the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) meeting on February 15.

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Special Task Force Progress Report Released

An update on the recommendations of the Special Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has been released.

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Diversifying Campus Places and Spaces

The Board of Trustees and campus administrators begin work on the Wilson Legacy Review Committee recommendations.

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Academic pilot programs build bridges to doctoral study

Pilot programs in astrophysical sciences, physics and politics offer opportunities for recent graduates to participate in non-degree programs and prepare for doctoral study. 

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College access initiative makes its way to the Bay

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber, Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, and Khristina Gonzalez, associate dean of the college made a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area to discuss improving college access and success for first-generation and low-income students.

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Princeton Perspective Project

Everyone faces struggles, setbacks and failures at some point in their Princeton career, yet we so rarely talk about these experiences.

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Princeton launches new initiatives to increase socioeconomic diversity

Princeton has launched two new initiatives that aim to further increase the socioeconomic diversity of its student body and of students who major in fields related to science and technology.

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Eisgruber, trustees approve strategy to increase diversity

The Board of Trustees and President Christopher L. Eisgruber have unanimously endorsed a report by a special trustee committee that recommends a comprehensive strategy to increase the diversity and inclusivity of the Princeton University community.

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New program helps first-generation students succeed

Bob Peck was the first member of his family to go to college, and the Princeton alumnus is funding a new initiative that offers extra academic opportunities and support to students with similar backgrounds.

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Members appointed to new advisory committee on sexual misconduct

Princeton University faculty, staff and students have been appointed to the new Faculty-Student Committee on Sexual Misconduct and the group expects to hold its first meeting sometime in November.

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Employee Resource Groups foster community at Princeton

From community service projects and discussion groups to potluck dinners and bowling nights, Princeton University's Employee Resource Groups provide opportunities for employees with shared backgrounds and interests to build communities across campus.

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