The Inclusive Academy (IA) Symposium returns for a second year on Thursday May 18, 2023

May 11, 2023

The Graduate School at Princeton University has made significant progress in creating an inclusive community as well as diversifying its population of scholars. We are deeply committed to building an inclusive and equitable community where every graduate student feels welcome and can thrive academically, socially, and professionally. With that in mind, and as part of the Access, Diversity, and Inclusion team’s overall strategic goals, we are hosting our sophomore diversity conference, The Inclusive Academy (IA) Symposium

The IA Symposium is an in-person diversity conference held on Thursday, May 18th focused on supporting graduate students and post-doctoral scholars from underrepresented backgrounds, on an array of topics related to success in the academy and on the job market. The symposium brings together graduate students and post-doctoral scholars from underrepresented backgrounds while also providing them a platform to discuss critical topics for thriving and success through a holistic and intersectional lens. We will host panels, speakers, and workshops that enhance their knowledge and understanding of various topics in addition to strengthening their leadership, public speaking, networking ability, and storytelling skills.

This year’s symposium keynote speaker is Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times contributor, professor of Creative Writing and Africana at Rutgers University-Newark, and noted social advocate Salamishah Tillet.

The Best of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion Awards, The BADI Awards

Additionally, the symposium will culminate in an award dinner, The Best of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion Awards, also known as the BADI awards. The BADI awards will honor and celebrate faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students who have made significant impacts in the Princeton graduate student community around diversity and inclusion.  We are proud to shine a much-deserved light on the efforts of our exemplary graduate students as well as those dedicated to uplifting them.

The theme of this year’s conference is Cultivating Excellence Through Culture and Connection. To cultivate means to develop and grow--a process frequently denied underrepresented students.  Excellence is framed as something achieved apart from one's culture and as a singular accomplishment, rather than as a product of communal connections.  Too often, the cultivated excellence, contributions, service, and overall  awesomeness of folks from underrepresented backgrounds who center culture and connection are overlooked, discouraged, and kept secret. The Inclusive Academy (IA) Symposium and the BADI Awards are designed to cultivate, amplify, and celebrate the culture, connections, and contributions of this community. 

We are proud to present as our 2023 BADI keynote speaker celebrated author, activist, and Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar-winning hip hop icon, Common.

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