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In a recently circulated piece, a group of around twenty students warned the University against implementing anti-racist training and curricular reform. All of these claims are made under the purported grounds that it would limit free speech and academic freedom.
To the Editors,
Five years ago, the Black Justice League (BJL) and Black Student Union organized a 33-hour sit-in of Nassau Hall to protest the University’s ongoing celebration of Woodrow Wilson. Last month, drawing upon the BJL’s efforts, Change WWS Now circulated a letter and list of demands. Later that week, Wilson’s name was finally stripped from the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and the residential college now known as First College.
Twenty-two students have re-established the Princeton Open Campus Coalition (POCC), a group first founded in opposition to the Black Justice League (BJL) in 2015. In its latest iteration, the POCC advocates against unconscious bias training for faculty and objects to curriculum changes that would require students to learn about race and identity.
The University’s decision on fall undergraduate instruction will not come this week.
Princeton University’s recent decision to drop the name of Woodrow Wilson, Class of 1879, from the designation of its public policy school garnered widespread attention and praise. Princeton widely advertised the name change as a sign of progress. While the change is certainly progressive, the decision should trigger a discussion on the name “Princeton” itself, which may have a far more sinister legacy than “Woodrow Wilson.”
I recently read the Editorial Board’s piece regarding changing the Department of Public Safety as well as possibly ending their collaboration with outside police departments. In response, I would like to provide a bit of history to correct any misinformation about the origins of campus police and to urge readers to look at campus police in a different light.
On June 25, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) announced its Anti-Racism Book Initiative, aimed at providing members of the student body a free digital copy of texts by professors in the African American Studies (AAS) department “in a collective effort to educate ourselves as a student body.”
Firstly, I wish to thank the Black Justice League (BJL) for its primary role in the renaming of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). Fail as he may to acknowledge the BJL by name in his June 27 letter to the University community, President Eisgruber cannot erase the collective memory of Black students’ impact on Princeton. As long as students, alumni and faculty continue to amplify the real history and material forces that brought us this far — namely, the BJL’s incredible direct action against the administration five years ago — whitewashing can never win.
On Aug. 4, 2019, a mass shooting broke out in the historic Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio. Nine were killed and 17 more were injured in front of Ned Peppers Bar. Police officers fatally shot the shooter in less than a minute.
The University will release plans regarding undergraduate instruction for Fall 2020 on July 2, notes an email to all rising first-year students in First College on Monday afternoon. The message to rising first-year students also appears on the First College website.
I spent my first two summers of high school completing state-required gym classes so that I could fit more science classes into my schedule during the academic year. Every morning, I had to run a lap on the track with my classmates under the searing July sun.
In October 2019, as some 1,400 Black alumni and guests gathered on campus for the Thrive Conference, a historic deal proceeded in private: Kwanza Jones ’93 and her husband, José E. Feliciano ’94, officially committed to donate over $20 million to the University “in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion” — according to Jones, “the largest gift by underrepresented people of color” in the University’s 274-year history.
An open letter to President Eisgruber and the Academic Year 2021 Coordinating Committee:
William A. Massey ’77 has been chased by the words “first” and “only” for all of his life. Now, he’s made a career of ensuring that stops with him.
The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Wilson College will both be renamed to omit reference to Woodrow Wilson, Class of 1879, according to a University announcement on Saturday afternoon.
In April 2016, the University announced that both Wilson College and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS) would continue to bear the name of former University and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, Class of 1879. In keeping Wilson’s name, the University rejected a central demand the Black Justice League (BJL) had raised the previous November.
On Thursday, June 25, the University announced that over 40 faculty and staff working groups are helping evaluate “a range of options for next semester.” The statement, which came in an email to the campus community, noted that “[s]tudent input from undergraduate and graduate student groups” informs many of the faculty and staff teams.
In light of the immense constraints artists are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lewis Center for the Arts has awarded Hodder grants to ten artists for the 2020-21 academic year.
The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is currently deciding whether to continue its partnership with ExxonMobil.