Academic Initiatives


Princeton University’s academic departments, centers, institutes, and programs are committing to advancing racial equity, access, diversity, inclusion, and belonging within their communities and disciplines. Below is a sampling of academic initiatives underway.

EEB Scholars Program

As part of efforts to increase the diversity and accessibility of graduate studies in ecology and evolutionary biology, Princeton EEB encourages students to apply to the EEB Scholars Program. In this program, talented students (EEB Scholars) will be selected from a competitive applicant pool and invited to Princeton University for a weekend of activities designed to give them the tools to confidently apply to graduate schools, as well as familiarize them with the Princeton EEB department. 

Humanities Council Scholarly Initiatives

The Humanities Council strategically incubates projects that examine systemic racism and the inequality and injustice it engenders. Bringing humanities scholars into innovative collaboration with artists, activists, scientists, and journalists, these Council-funded initiatives seek to deepen understanding, foster difficult conversations, and serve as a catalyst for structural change.  

Future Leaders in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: Celebrating Diversity and Innovation

The nationwide online seminar series will highlight research contributions by graduate students and postdocs from groups that are underrepresented within Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. In addition to providing exposure and mentorship opportunities to the speakers, the seminar series will create a network among underrepresented students, postdocs and faculty in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering departments across the country. The organizing committee asks for the nomination of speakers for the seminar series or volunteers to mentor speakers using the MAEFutureLeaders website.

MOL BIO Scholars Program

The Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University has a commitment to increase the participation of students with exceptional ability and promise who will bring a diversity of viewpoints and cultures to the sciences, and who have demonstrated interest and passion for research in the broad field of Molecular and Cellular Biology, to apply for and be appointed as a 2020 MOL BIO Scholar

Princeton Alliance for Collaborative Research and Innovation (PACRI)

As a part of the Office of the Dean for Research’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan, the Princeton Alliance for Collaborative Research and Innovation (PACRI) was announced this month. PACRI is one of several initiatives aimed at growing a more inclusive research, innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem at Princeton and beyond. To support the launch of PACRI, Princeton is working with the United Negro College Fund, which has lent its extensive expertise to facilitate the selection of an initial cohort of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for the pilot phase. The initial partners are: Howard University, Jackson State University, Prairie View A&M University, Spelman College, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

SEAS Princeton University Materials Academy (PUMA)

Each summer since 2002, PCCM brings high school students from underrepresented backgrounds to Princeton to attend PUMA, a three-week materials science and engineering program. In addition to participating in coursework, independent projects and lab tours, the PUMA students meet with undergraduate and graduate students for conversations about career paths in science and engineering. 

School of Public and International Affairs Curriculum Initiative

SPIA is committed to strengthening its curriculum to better reflect the challenges dominating policy today. In June 2020, faculty voted to implement a mandatory DEI half-term course requirement for MPA students. This new requirement is a temporary measure, as the School carries out an extensive review of the MPA core curriculum and the undergraduate concentration. In addressing both the undergraduate and graduate core curricula, the School will engage faculty, administrators, students, and alumni.