CPUC meeting discusses prison divestment, University centers
Divestment from private prisons and upcoming programming by campus resource centers were the two main topics discussed at the first Council of the Princeton University Community meeting of the 2017-2018 academic year this Monday.
The meeting began with a brief question-and-answer period moderated by University President Christopher Eisgruber ‘83. To kick off this discussion stream, a student from Puerto Rico asked how Counseling and Psychological Services and other campus resources have undertaken outreach to students impacted by Hurricane Maria and other recent natural disasters.
Vice President for Campus Life W. Rochelle Calhoun explained that the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students [ODUS] coordinates through the DSLs [Directors of Student Life] in all of the colleges to reach out to students who were in any affected areas. She noted that the colleges are currently working to finish outreach to all affected students.
Another student asked about the status of the University’s plan to incorporate Latino Studies and Asian American Studies into the American Studies department.
Dean of the College Jill Dolan noted her office is currently working with Professor Hendrik Hartog of the Department of History and Professor Anne Chen '85 of the Department of English to revitalize the American Studies curriculum to incorporate Latino Studies as well as Asian American Studies in the hopes of creating certificate and concentration programs.
The meeting then shifted to focus on the committee's review of last year's proposal by campus group Princeton Private Prison Divest (PPPD), which called for “divestment from corporations that run and contract exclusively with private prisons.”Schoene explained that, since the committee was unable to come to a resolution on the proposal last fall, the committee is taking the proposal's review up again this fall as its primary topic of discussion.
“Other things on the table include the committee’s website and potentially other forms of better communicating the committee’s actions or discussions to the community and getting feedback from the community as well,” Schoene added.