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Princeton provides annual update on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts

10月. 13, 2021, 11 a.m.

As part of the University-wide effort to combat systemic racism, Princeton has published its first annual report highlighting diversity, equity and inclusion work 穿过校园. 的 report provides a snapshot of projects, programs and initiatives during the 2020-21 academic year, and also includes demographic and climate data about 学生, 工作人员, 教师 and postdoctoral scholars. 

“的 excellence of this University depends on attracting, supporting and embracing talented people from all backgrounds and with a variety of perspectives and viewpoints,” President Christopher L. Eisgruber said in his introduction to the report.

In summer 2020, Eisgruber charged the University Cabinet — senior academic and administrative leaders — with developing action plans and programs to address systemic racism at Princeton and beyond.

“I challenged my colleagues to consider all aspects of our institution — from our academic enterprise to daily operations — and to develop concrete strategies for promoting racial equity on campus and, in partnership with others, beyond our gates,” Eisgruber said. “从那时起, 学生, 教师, 工作人员 and alumni have come together to grapple with difficult questions about the path forward as well as identify renewed ways to fight racism and other forms of hate.”

2020-21 annual report focuses on racial equity efforts and is organized around the following three themes that were prominent last academic year: climate, inclusion and equity; the academic experience; and access and outreach.

米歇尔铸币工人, vice provost for institutional equity and diversity, said the University has redoubled its efforts related to diversity, equity and inclusion over the past decade. Publishing an annual report is one way the University will hold itself accountable and evaluate its progress.

“Recognizing that holistic change does not happen through a few high-profile gestures, every administrative and academic leader is being held accountable for demographic evolution, inclusive climate and other systemic changes within their sphere of influence,” Minter said in her introduction to the report. “的 University-wide commitments announced in September 2020 are only a small subset of the dozens of individual actions that administrative units and academic departments have pledged to make in support of racial equity.”

Minter added that the University’s diversity, equity and inclusion work has been a community-wide process, 画 on the input of hundreds of 学生, 教师, postdoctoral scholars, 工作人员 and alumni.

Future reports will provide similar annual updates, with the understanding that moving toward greater diversity, equity and inclusion requires sustained, multigenerational commitment.

“Our investments in racial equity are a theme of the [2020-21] report, but the report also provides highlights of other new and ongoing campus initiatives,” Eisgruber said. “的se activities represent a step forward, not an end. Our continuing commitment to being an excellent and diverse institution in which every member thrives will require sustained effort. We will hold ourselves accountable over time and report … both our successes as well as our challenges.”

阅读 full report online or download the PDF, please visit the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity site. Updates about ongoing efforts to combat systemic racism are also available on the Racial Equity website. A few highlights from the 2020-21 report’s three topic areas are below; please read the report for the full scope of diversity, equity and inclusion updates. 

Academic experience examples:

  • A new general education distribution requirement in the area of culture and difference was established for undergraduates.
  • 的 Office of the Dean for 研究 launched new initiatives to expand leadership and participation of groups historically underrepresented in research, innovation and entrepreneurship. 的 office’s September 2021 Empower conference focused on celebrating Black entrepreneurs from throughout academia.
  • A new endowed professorship of Indigenous studies was established, and a search for the position is underway.
  • 的 教师 Advisory Committee on Diversity was reconceived.
  • 的 University reaffirmed its aspirations to increase the number of underrepresented tenured and tenure-track 教师 members by 50% within five years.
  • 的 third cohort of  Presidential Postdoctoral 研究 Fellows was welcomed to Princeton. 的 program recognizes and supports scholars who can contribute to the University’s diversity, broadly defined, including members of groups who have been historically or are presently underrepresented in the academy or particular disciplines.

Climate, inclusion and equity examples:

  • 的 School of Public and International Affairs removed Woodrow Wilson from its name.
  • 的 trustee Committee on Principles to Govern Renaming and Changes to Campus Iconography recommended overarching principles for naming, renaming and changing campus iconography.
  • Juneteenth was established as an official University holiday and employees were given free copies of the book “On Juneteenth” by Annette Gordon-Reed.
  • 的 Graduate School launched a new Inclusive Leadership Learning Cohort.

Access and outreach examples:

  • Provost Deborah Prentice is overseeing of a significant extension of Princeton’s community education efforts, with one initiative focused on enhancing existing programs such as the Prison Teaching Initiative and a second initiative exploring the development of a new, degree-granting program for adult learners.
  • 的 Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity was established in April 2021 to enhance and expand the University’s long-standing commitment to college access and success for talented first-generation and lower-income 学生 (FLI) at Princeton or other universities.
  • 的 Office of Finance and Treasury adopted a multi-year supplier diversity action plan in March 2021.
  • 的 Pace Center for Civic Eng年龄ment established the Princeton RISE (Recognizing Inequities and Standing for Equality) grant program for 学生 to spend the summer working with a campus or community partner on a project that explores and advocates for racial justice.