Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Princeton University

Princeton University has recently unveiled its third annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) report, a comprehensive document that highlights the collective efforts of students, faculty, staff, and alumni in fostering an inclusive community. The report underscores the University’s dedication to creating a diverse, accessible, and accountable environment, reflecting its long-term commitment to these crucial values.

President Christopher L. Eisgruber, in his introduction to the report, emphasized that the University’s excellence hinges on attracting and supporting talented individuals from various backgrounds. “Princeton University’s excellence depends upon attracting and supporting talented individuals from throughout our society and around the world,” Eisgruber wrote. He stressed the importance of ensuring that all community members, regardless of their background, have the opportunity to flourish at Princeton.

Key Themes and Highlights

The report offers a detailed account of initiatives, programs, and events from the 2022-23 academic year, organized under three main themes:

  1. Climate, Inclusion, and Equity:
    • Workshops on Jewish identity, inclusion, and antisemitism were made available to students and staff of all faiths and ethnicities, fostering a broader understanding and respect for diverse perspectives.
  2. Academic Experience:
    • Princeton collaborated with PEN America to conduct workshops on free speech and academic freedom, targeting senior administrators, staff, and faculty to enhance their understanding and support of these fundamental principles.
  3. Outreach and Access:
    • The Transfer Scholars Initiative was launched to support talented community college students from across New Jersey, providing them with opportunities to succeed at Princeton.

Demographic and Climate Data

This year’s report includes updated demographic and climate data, offering insights into the composition and experiences of Princeton’s community members. New surveys captured faculty climate data and self-reported information on disability status among faculty, academic professionals, and staff. This data is crucial for identifying areas of improvement and tracking progress over time.

Spotlight on Faculty and Staff

The report also highlights the contributions of various faculty and staff members who play pivotal roles in advancing DEI efforts at Princeton. Among them are the director of digital accessibility in the Office of Information Technology and the associate dean for diversity and inclusion in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Their work exemplifies the University’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment conducive to academic excellence.

Voices from Leadership

Michele Minter, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity, reiterated the importance of building a vibrant and thriving community where fairness prevails. “Building a vibrant community, helping that community to thrive and guaranteeing that its members will be treated fairly” are essential for Princeton to fulfill its aspirations, she noted.

Shawn Maxam, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, highlighted ongoing and new commitments for the coming year. These include continued collaborations with PEN America, expanded learning opportunities to embrace people of all faiths and backgrounds, and new research initiatives supported by the Princeton Histories Fund. Maxam emphasized the importance of community participation in these endeavors, stating, “Community expertise and participation will be vital as we identify new opportunities, sustain existing activities and work collaboratively to move forward in this shared endeavor.”

Looking Ahead

As Princeton moves forward, the report serves as both a celebration of progress and a call to action. The University remains dedicated to evolving and advancing its DEI efforts, ensuring that all community members feel valued and supported. Princeton’s journey toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion is ongoing, and the energy and commitment of its community members are pivotal to its success. As the University looks to the future, it recommits itself to moving forward resolutely, boldly, and creatively, continuing to build a more inclusive and equitable environment for all.

For those interested in learning more, the full report for 2022-23 is available on the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity’s website, offering a deeper dive into Princeton’s DEI initiatives and accomplishments. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Annual Report | Inclusive Princeton

Being informed about the diversity plan empowers students to take an active role in their education and campus life. They can participate in shaping policies, join advocacy groups, and engage in initiatives that reflect their values and interests.

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