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Trustee Report and Supplemental Materials

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber and the Board of Trustees have unanimously endorsed a report by the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity. Read President Eisgruber's statement on the report.

Full Report

The Report of the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity identifies ways to make Princeton University a more diverse and inclusive community, with a focus on graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and senior administrators. The report builds on Princeton's ongoing efforts to embed diversity in the practices of the entire institution, and offers recommendations for diversifying specific campus populations where progress has been more limited. Read the full report (.pdf).

Literature Review

As part of its work, the committee commissioned a literature review (.pdf) entitled "Do Differences Make a Difference? The Effects of Diversity on Learning, Intergroup Outcomes, and Civic Engagement," by Deborah Son Holoien, Princeton University. The literature review examines various research on how experiencing diversity influences learning, intergroup attitudes and behavior, and civic engagement, particularly in school and workplace environments.

Molecular Biology Case Study

Among the successful examples cited in the report is the Department of Molecular Biology's Program for Diversity and Graduate Recruitment, which was established in 2007. This case study discusses how the program has made significant progress in increasing the number of underrepresented minority doctoral students in four life sciences doctoral programs. Read the case study (.pdf) "Princeton Diversity Programs in Molecular Biology and Quantitative and Computational Biology."

Diversity Best Practices

A catalog of best practices provides further recommendations and examples for how the University could enhance diversity among graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty.

Charge to the Committee

The Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity was established in January 2012 by now-President Emerita Shirley M. Tilghman. Read the original charge to the committee.