We asked members of the University community to share their thoughts and experiences on diversity and inclusion at Princeton, and we’ve been collecting those responses for several weeks. Here we share highlights from the comments submitted, representing a wide range of viewpoints. We encourage all members of our community to reflect on these perspectives and to share your observations and reactions. All comments have been shared with members of the Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, whose works continues. We hope that these comments, and the discussions they engender, will provide pathways for broader understanding at the University.
Alumnus, Class of 1986
We cannot bring in a diversity of cultures and religion yet teach from a single ideological viewpoint.
I would like to see the concepts of ideological and political diversity included in this discussion. I am conservative in my ideological and political beliefs. Conservative views are under represented on our faculty staff. We cannot bring in a diversity of cultures and religion yet teach from a single ideological viewpoint. If the university is truly dedicated to being inclusive and providing forum for all people and ideas to be presented then we must evaluate the faculty as to its ideological and political diversity.
Alumnus, Class of 2003
I am a proud Nigerian, a proud American, and a proud Virginian. I am also a proud Princetonian. Perhaps it is because I grew up in a more multicultural community, I found the transition to Princeton not that different from where I grew up. Not to say it was easy, but I think the University had programs in place to attempt to make the inevitable change of going from being one of the top performers amongst your peers to a school full of top performers. To that end I think participating in the Freshman Scholars Institute was a great thing for me. Getting to arrive on campus early and get to know my way around with a group of other incoming freshman was wonderful. And what I liked about the program was that there was also a mix of ethnicities of the students that attended. The friendships I made that summer are still going strong after all these years.
Alumnus, Class of 2001
...I missed out on a sense of belonging while at Princeton...
As a student of mixed ethnicity at Princeton, I felt very alone and unsupported fitting neither into the majority nor into the minority groupings at hand. I spearheaded the student initiative for a South Asian Studies department at Princeton, which the university eventually created after my graduation. But I missed out on a sense of belonging while at Princeton, and I have since realized that though people of mixed race are a most rapidly growing minority in America and the world, and are making huge accomplishments, they are highly underrepresented at Princeton, both in admissions representation and in faculty and support.
Alumnus, Class of 2003
As a minority student at Princeton for five years, I did not experience any discrimination because of my race, not even my broken English. One thing I learned and still firmly believe in is that respect is earned, not granted. Our acts speak louder than our voice. Superficial fixes such as erasing a name will not build some people's self confidence. Being a self worth person, humble past will only demonstrate progress, not lasting oppression. History is just how it was, which is not changeable. Interfering with normal order is not dialogue, it is threatening, which should not be tolerated.