Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.52
Liaison Gina Talt
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Princeton University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.92 / 3.00 Cheri Burgess
Director, Institutional Equity and EEO
Office of the Provost
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:
Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity administers the university's Policy on Discrimination and/or Harassment, which prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation. The office provides training for faculty and staff members, and conducts investigations. The office oversees compliance with ADA, Title IX and Affirmative Action (OFCCP). More information regarding reporting bias, discrimination and harassment can be accessed at: https://inclusive.princeton.edu/addressing-concerns/bias-discrimination-harassment.


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Princeton University has launched a series of initiatives to create a more diverse, safe and accessible campus, and to develop and promote a more inclusive culture. We are committed to recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse community of students, faculty and staff.

A number of programs are available to support low-income, historically underrepresented minority, and first-generation students' academic achievement from high school through post-baccalaureate study:

Princeton University Preparatory Program for high school students
Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI) for entering first-year students
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship for underrepresented Princeton students pursuing a career in academia
Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP) for undergraduate students
Summer Journalism Program (SJP) for high school students

More information about these programs can be found here: https://inclusive.princeton.edu/initiatives/key-initiatives/college-access-success

Examples of recruitment programs for faculty include:
1. Target of Opportunity (ToO) program: in place since 2001, it hires promising faculty members that bring intellectual and demographic diversity to Princeton.
2. Several Princeton departments have had success in hiring underrepresented minority assistant professors and providing them with dissertation completion support or formal postdocs prior to starting their professorships.
3. Opening a new on-campus child care center and a need-based child care subsidy program to ensure that prospective and current faculty members have the resources they need for appropriate work/life balance and that their family members have the tools to thrive in Princeton

Examples of recruitment programs for grad students include:
1. The Graduate School appoints Diversity Fellows, current graduate students at the
dissertation writing stage of their programs, to follow up with prospective students to
encourage them to apply to Princeton. These Fellows also support on-campus programming for both recruitment and retention and occasionally travel with office staff to recruitment events and conferences. Diversity Fellows are paid a modest salary.
2. The Graduate School coordinates Open Houses and a Preview Day program which brings Mellon-Mays Fellows and McNair Scholars to campus. (Both programs that target high potential underrepresented undergraduates interested in doctoral programs).


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Many Voices, One Future is Princeton's central resource for greater diversity and inclusion. This effort is for all members of the campus community — faculty, staff and students of all genders, races, ethnicities, nationalities, socioeconomic status, sexual orientations, religions, disabilities, ages, beliefs and cultural backgrounds. Princeton wants to ensure fair, equal access to opportunities such as admission, jobs and promotions. It also wants everyone to feel empowered to connect with others and help make Princeton more inclusive. The University has been working on these goals for many years, and has created many programs to support our diversity and inclusion goals. For details on specific programs, see https://inclusive.princeton.edu/about


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

Princeton hosts a number of programs that support low-income, racial minority, and first-generation college students' entry into the academic pipeline. For high school students, Princeton offers the Princeton University Preparatory Program and hosts the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) summer program. The Office of the Dean of the College runs the Freshman Scholars Institute for entering freshmen and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship for underrepresented Princeton students interested in pursuing a career in academia. Several academic departments host summer research programs for visiting undergraduates interested in pursuing graduate degrees, including the Department of Molecular Biology, Department of Chemistry, Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and the Graduate School.


Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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