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From left (top): Andrea Razi-Thomas ’96 with her family, Tina Madison White ’82 with Sally Frank ’80, and Dr. Joi Weaver ’97. From left (bottom): Cameron Scott ’93, Melody Maia Monet ’93, and Nancy Lamar. 
Photos courtesy of subjects. 

The Daily Princetonian met with seven transgender and non-binary Princeton alumni who graduated Princeton between 1960–2000. Their accounts shed light on how they explored their identities and navigated the University in their time as undergraduates, as well as how they have renegotiated their relationships with the institution in their time away from it.

The Daily Princetonian met with seven transgender and non-binary Princeton alumni who graduated Princeton between 1960-2000. Their accounts shed light on how they explored their identities and navigated the University in their time as undergraduates, as well as how they have renegotiated their relationships with the institution in their time away from it.


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‘We are not your model minority’: Stop Asian Hate rally and vigil takes to Hinds Plaza

“To be quite frank with you, it is terrifying to just be an Asian American woman right now,” said Jennifer Lee ’23. “To those that uphold this system of oppression, may we remind you your silence is deafening.”

“To be quite frank with you, it is terrifying to just be an Asian American woman right now,” said Jennifer Lee ’23. “To those that uphold this system of oppression, may we remind you your silence is deafening.”

NEWS | March 28

A banner from Divest Princeton’s Feb. 13, 2020 protest draped on a tiger sculpture outside of Nassau Hall.
Courtesy of Anna Hiltner ’23

As Divest Princeton awaits University response, a look at past divestment movements

Divest Princeton, a group calling for University divestment from fossil fuels, submitted a proposal to the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) Resources Committee last year. Soon, the Committee will either reject the proposal or recommend it to the Board of Trustees for final consideration. As Divest Princeton awaits the decision, the ‘Prince’ examined the history of divestment movements on campus — both successful and not.

Divest Princeton, a group calling for University divestment from fossil fuels, submitted a proposal to the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) Resources Committee last year. Soon, the Committee will either reject the proposal or recommend it to the Board of Trustees for final consideration. As Divest Princeton awaits the decision, the ‘Prince’ examined the history of divestment movements on campus — both successful and not.

FEATURES | March 7

Marissa Michaels / The Daily Princetonian

Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness talks authenticity and self-acceptance

In a wide-ranging conversation moderated by activist Ashlee Marie Preston, Van Ness gave advice on how to set boundaries, practice self-acceptance, and help others authentically.

In a wide-ranging conversation moderated by activist Ashlee Marie Preston, Van Ness gave advice on how to set boundaries, practice self-acceptance, and help others authentically. 

NEWS | February 1

The intricacies of Indigenous identity and environmental racism | The Orange Table Ep. 5

A candid and personal conversation with Keely Toledo ’22 and Jessica Lambert ’22, co-leaders of Natives at Princeton. The table discusses issues facing the Native community at the University today and how they can be addressed. 

A candid and personal conversation with Keely Toledo ’22 and Jessica Lambert ’22, co-leaders of Natives at Princeton. The table discusses issues facing the Native community at the University today and how they can be addressed. 

VIDEO | January 17

Courtesy of University Press Club live-blog, 2015

In 2020, Princeton promised anti-racist action. Five years prior, the Black Justice League had offered a blueprint.

In this interactive feature, The Daily Princetonian recounts how the Black Justice League’s 2015 Nassau Hall sit-in forced a reckoning with racism on campus. We trace the group’s activism to the present day, from the removal of Woodrow Wilson’s name to ongoing calls for an anti-racist curriculum.

In this interactive feature, The Daily Princetonian recounts how the Black Justice League’s 2015 Nassau Hall sit-in forced a reckoning with racism on campus. We trace the group’s activism to the present day, from the removal of Woodrow Wilson’s name to ongoing calls for an anti-racist curriculum.

PROJECTS | December 29

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The four officers of Natives at Princeton.
Sydney Peng / The Daily Princetonian

Last month, Native students at Princeton embraced activism. Now, they’re looking ahead.

Natives at Princeton, a group of students striving for cultural understanding and community building for Native undergraduates, designated November as Native American Activism Month. They describe their activism, the Native student experience at Princeton and its challenges, and their hopes for the future.

FEATURES | December 7

Members of Divest Princeton after submitting their proposal to the CPUC Resources Committee in February. 
Courtesy of Anna Hiltner 

Divest Princeton accumulates 62 faculty and staff, 161 alumni endorsements ahead of referendum

In total, 1,706 alumni, faculty, students, staff, and parents have signed on to their open letter to President Eisgruber, in a pledge not to donate to the University until and unless it commits to divesting from fossil fuels. Divest Princeton’s USG Referendum will be voted on next week.

In total, 1,706 alumni, faculty, students, staff, and parents have signed on to their open letter to President Eisgruber, in a pledge not to donate to the University until and unless it commits to divesting from fossil fuels. Divest Princeton’s USG Referendum will be voted on next week.

NEWS | November 18

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

McCarter Theatre announces plans for anti-racist action

The statement partially responded to the “We See You, White American Theater” demands released over the summer, which detail BIPOC thespians’ “concerns, approaches, and needs” to combat systemic racism in the theater industry.

The move comes partially in response to the “We See You, White American Theater” demands released over the summer, which detail the “concerns, approaches, and needs” of BIPOC thespians in combating structural racism in the theater industry.

NEWS | November 9

University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Eisgruber, administrators talk free speech, DOE investigation, and Indigenous representation at town hall

The event began with discussion of the Department of Education’s (DOE) civil rights investigation into the University.

The night began with discussion of the Department of Education (DOE)'s civil rights investigation into the University. One student, inquiring about the ongoing probe, asked whether there were indeed allegations of racism at Princeton and whether they are complying with the investigation in a manner that protects student privacy.

NEWS | October 27

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Divest Princeton organizes virtual climate strike

As part of a global day of climate action on Sept. 25, Divest Princeton organized a virtual climate strike against the University to call for divestment from the fossil fuel industry. Close to 100 students, alumni, and other supporters flooded University social media pages with messages in support of divestment. 

As part of a global day of climate action on Sept. 25, Divest Princeton organized a virtual climate strike against the University to call for divestment from the fossil fuel industry.

NEWS | September 27

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

President Eisgruber releases initial priorities for response to systemic racism, student activists call for more specifics

University priorities include the diversification of faculty and staff, new anti-racist training, and increasing access to educational resources for marginalized communities. 

University priorities include the diversification of faculty and staff, new anti-racist training, and the increasing access to educational resources for marginalized communities. 

NEWS | September 3

In May 2019, SPEAR led a walk-out protest.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

SPEAR calls for divestment from Prison Industrial Complex, transparency from PRINCO

Over 550 students and alumni are calling on the University to “immediately and unequivocally” divest from the prison system and publicly disclose endowment holdings.  

Over 550 students and alumni are calling on the University to “immediately and unequivocally” divest from the prison system and publicly disclose endowment holdings.  

NEWS | August 20