Combating Racism: Immediate Actions

Combating structural racism at Princeton and in society will require both short- and longer-term actions and a comprehensive strategy.  Many further immediate actions are under consideration and will be announced soon.  Revisit this page for further actions and updates.

This is a work in progress.

Campus Demographics

Dean of the College Presidential Scholars Program: Princeton University is launching the Presidential Scholars Program which hopes to aid undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds in seeking out career opportunities in academia. This program hopes to ultimately increase diversity in the professoriate. 

Dean of the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Fellows Program: The Postdoctoral Research Fellows program will welcome 16 new scholars across a variety of disciplines in 2020 and welcomed 12 research scholars into its inaugural cohort of Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellows in 2019. The program is designed to provide the necessary support and platform for research scholars from underrepresented communities in their field of academia to foster diversity in the University.

Dean of the Faculty Visiting Scholars Program: The visiting scholars program, which comes into effect in the fall, is intended to support visitors from academic or professional fields who can contribute to the University’s diversity, broadly defined. The visiting scholars program is welcoming Hilton Als as its inaugural Presidential Visiting Scholar as part of its launching in the Fall 2020 semester.  Als is an award-winning author and theater critic and will be teaching a course crosslisted in creative writing, theater, and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.  

Demographics Dashboards

Diversity Dashboard: The Office of Institutional Research provides student and employee demographics to monitor progress in the areas of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and U.S. Citizenship Status. 

Academic Department Dashboards: Diversity and Inclusion dashboards are available to academic department Chairs, Directors and Managers and provide departmental level data on student, faculty, postdoc and staff demographics. Please contact Shawn Maxam ( to request access. 

Graduate School's Access, Diversity and Inclusion Programs

The Prospective Ph.D. Preview: The Prospective Ph.D. Preview is a program designed in hopes of exposing students to what pursuing a Ph.D. at Princeton is like. The university highly encourages the participation of historically underrepresented groups, first generation college students, and students of low-income backgrounds. The event features funding workshops, opportunities to interact with faculty and students, and is free for participants. 

The Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Initiative: The Pre-Doctoral Fellowship is a one year, fully funded experience that concludes with an offer of admission from the sponsoring doctoral program for the following year. The program hopes to help students who feel that they may benefit from another year of training before formally beginning work on their Ph.D., and students from underrepresented demographics are highly encouraged to apply.

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) Pathways Programs

Pathways to Graduate School: SEAS is hosting Pathways to Graduate School for Rising Seniors, a virtual event aimed at providing a better context of graduate education and the graduate school application process.  The intention of the event is geared towards encouraging high-achieving rising seniors to contribute to the diversity of academia and STEM at the graduate level.

Pathway into the Academy: SEAS is hosting Princeton Pathway into the Academy Program, a long-term career development program for researchers interested in pursuing a career in STEM through support, mentorship, training, and funding.  The intention of the program is to encourage high-achieving early level researchers to commit to contributing to diversity in academia and STEM.  

Inclusive Campus Climate

Academic Climate Committees: Many academic units have created climate committees, composed of faculty, postdocs and staff members to advise the Chair as a forum to consider all the different populations within the unit. The Office of the Provost can advise you on best practices regarding forming a climate committee.

The Chi Family Fund for Excellence and Inclusion: will provide vital support to the athletic department in several key areas related to excellence and inclusion and will also have an immediate impact on education, training and programming. 

History and Sense of Place: A wide range of initiatives have been taken, following recommendations from the Trustees’ 2013 Report on Diversity, to engage with underrepresented histories, transform campus spaces, and expand the University’s portrait collection.

Restorative Practices: The University’s Working Group on Restorative Practices issued a report in 2020 recommending the adoption of agreed systems for accountability and acknowledging wrongdoing to build a more inclusive campus culture.

Learning and Development Opportunities

Antiracism in the Humanities: Antiracist resources and research compiled by the Center for the Digital Humanities.

Combating Racism Resources: The Office of Human Resources compiled resources for self-paced learning and provide content to read, watch, and leverage to take action. They have been categorized by what one can do for one’s self, family, and community.

Inclusivity Resources for Employees: Self-awareness and mutual understanding are starting points on the journey toward confronting the intolerance and inhumanity that racism and injustice engender. Both can be nurtured through courageous and compassionate conversations, sharing resources, and formal learning opportunities.

Interfaith Responses to Racism: Scriptural texts, books and recordings of previous events hosted by the Office of Religious Life.  These offerings are presented with the hope that they can provide perspective and a space for thoughtful reflection in light of the structural racism and discrimination against Black people that the U.S. is wrestling with at the moment.

Race, Equity and Inclusion Resources: As many graduate students are seeking support during this tumultuous time, the Graduate School Access, Diversity & Inclusion office compiled a list of resources for combating, coping, confronting, and understanding racism in America.

Research on the Black Lives Matter Movement: The Princeton University Library assembled a collection of resources about systemic racism in the United States, and activism to ameliorate its effects. In addition, this resource guide includes materials related specifically to policing and incarceration.

Service and Citizenship

College Access Programs: As a part of our commitment to college access and success, Princeton has entered into and expanded several targeted partnerships to support the expansion of opportunity for high-achieving, low-to-moderate income students (and traditionally underrepresented students).

Pace Center: Student-led service and civic engagement efforts highlight how humility and accountability yield equality, inclusion and understanding.

Prison Teaching initiative: Founded in 2005, The Prison Teaching Initiative seeks to bridge Princeton University’s academic and service-driven missions by providing the highest quality post-secondary education to incarcerated students in New Jersey; offering Princeton University graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff innovative, evidence-based pedagogy training and the chance to diversify their teaching portfolios through intensive classroom experience; and fostering a robust campus dialogue on mass incarceration and its relationship to systemic inequalities in access to education.

Supplier Diversity: Procurement Services in the Office of Finance and Treasury leads a robust program engaging with businesses owned by minorities, women, LGBT individuals, and veterans. 

Sustainability: The Office of Sustainability is seeking community input for its Environmental Justice Framework with the goal of elevating and focusing on the practice of Intersectional Environmentalism.

Vote 100: An intentional campus campaign aspiring for 100% of the undergraduate student body to engage civically. 

Teaching and Research

250th Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate EducationThe Office of the Dean of the College announced a special call for proposals that invites faculty to design a fall semester course that addresses systemic racism, racial injustice, anti-racism, and/or the history of civil rights or anti-racist movements.

Antiracism in the Humanities: Antiracist resources and research compiled by the Center for the Digital Humanities.

Dean of the Faculty Addressing Racism Funding Initiative: The Office of the Dean of the Faculty (DOF) has allocated funding for faculty-led projects that engage undergraduate students in research/scholarly projects addressing issues of racism.  This funding will be available immediately, and proposals will be accepted effective immediately, through August 31, 2020.  This funding is meant to benefit both faculty and undergraduate students.

General Education Curriculum Update (Effect for 2020): A general education requirement on “culture and difference” will begin academic year 2020. It allows for scholarly analysis and learning across a variety of academic disciplines. This includes 41 courses offered by departments such as African-American Studies, Anthropology, American Studies, Art and Archaeology, Asian American Studies, Dance, East Asian Studies, English, French, History, Humanistic Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Music Theater, Near Eastern Studies, and Politics.

Curriculum Review and Graduate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Course Requirement: The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs faculty adopted a measure calling for a comprehensive review of the School's curriculum.  As an interim measure, the faculty approved the addition of a mandatory Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion course for Master in Public Affairs (MPA) students.

Anti-Racism Messages and Statements

Update from President Eisgruber on the University’s efforts to combat systemic racism

Statement on Principles of Inclusivity and Free Speech to the Princeton University Community from Deans Dolan ,Crittenden, and Kulkarni, Vice Presidents Calhoun and Sullivan-Crowley, and Vice Provost Minter

President Eisgruber's Message Regarding Anti-Racism Initiatives

A Letter to Undergraduate Students from Dean Dolan and Vice President Calhoun

Statement on Responding to Racial Violence to Graduate Students from Deans Crittenden and Miller and Vice President Calhoun

Message to Staff Regarding Trying Times from Vice President Sullivan-Crowley

President Eisgruber's Statement on the Killing of George Floyd and the Importance of Confronting Racism