Highlights in Diversity

Graduate School reception focuses on diversity and inclusion

by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

Dale Trevino, associate dean for diversity and inclusion in the Office of the Dean of theGraduate School at Princeton University, knows that when it comes to graduate students, sometimes it's all about the food. At a dinner reception held at the Friend Center on Tuesday, Sept. 20, Trevino set a tone of conviviality as he welcomed new and returning graduate students.

Attendees included faculty, staff and more than 35 graduate students representing a wide swath of academic fields including sociology, electrical engineering, history of science, computer science, East Asian studies, English, molecular biology and more.

Addressing the group, who were seated at round tables bedecked in bright orange tablecloths and an inviting display of wrapped chocolates, Sanjeev Kulkarni, dean of the Graduate School and a professor of electrical engineering, asked the new graduate students in the room to raise their hands.

"All the returning students will tell you what a special place Princeton is, not just academically but in terms of the resources that are here," he said. "Everything about Princeton is designed to enable you to thrive in your graduate work. Our staff is here to help you make the most of your time and get the most out of your academic experience." Read more of the story here.

Male graduate students learn about becoming allies to women in STEM

Over 100 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff gathered recently for an afternoon presentation focused on helping aspiring male allies to understand the barriers and facilitators to participating in creating an atmosphere of gender equality and respect.

The third annual Women in STEM seminar was hosted by the Women in STEM Leadership Council sponsored by the Graduate School, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Women’s Center, Department of Chemistry, Department of Psychology  and the Office of the Provost.

"One of our goals for this year was to engage more male allies within our departments, and by doing so raise awareness of more subtle forms of discrimination,” said Sara Simon, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in physics and member of the Women in STEM Leadership Council.

The event featured keynote speaker Christopher Kilmartin, a professor at University of Mary Washington in the Department of Psychology. Kilmartin is also an accomplished author, comedian and playwright. Read More of the story here.


Princeton University honors King's legacy, ongoing quest for racial justice

by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications

Princeton University honored Martin Luther King Jr. during a Jan. 18 ceremony featuring reflections on the civil rights leader's legacy, remarks on the continued quest for racial justice in the United States, musical performances, and a recognition of community and campus service efforts.

The annual Martin Luther King Day celebration brought together faculty, staff, students and community members in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. In his introductory remarks, President Christopher L. Eisgruber said this year's event was especially meaningful because "the nation is once again in a period of heightened attention to questions of racial justice."

"I hope you will agree with me that it is appropriate to begin this afternoon's ceremony by considering the relevance of Dr. King's example to protests that have taken place here and on other campuses over the past year," Eisgruber said. "We remember and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King for his commitment to equality, to justice, to humanity and to social change. We remember him also for his devotion to non-violent protest." Read More of the story here.