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Diversity at Princeton

Shirley Tilghman

As one of America’s foremost universities, Princeton has an obligation to ensure that our graduate student body is racially and ethnically diverse. At a time when our nation has never been more heterogeneous and the international challenges to American scientific leadership have never been greater, we must redouble our efforts to develop the talents of all potential scientists, rather than focusing on segments of the population that have traditionally felt at home in the academy.

The work of the Program for Diversity and Graduate Recruitment is therefore both a personal and institutional priority for me – as important in its own way as the research we undertake and the knowledge we impart. In addition to increasing the number of graduate students from under-represented groups, the program is committed to giving these individuals the academic mentoring and campus and community support they need to thrive at Princeton. Only through such efforts can American science become a true mosaic and thereby meet the major intellectual and social challenges that lie before us.

—Shirley Tilghman

Professor of Molecular Biology

The Program for Diversity and Graduate Recruitment

At Princeton University, we believe that the highest levels of research, scholarship, and teaching are obtained only through the combined participation of people with a diversity of viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences. For this reason, the University welcomes under-represented and socio-economically disadvantaged students and faculty and provides an environment that embraces all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and physical abilities. In 2007 President Shirley Tilghman provided her enthusiastic support for the creation of the Programs of Diversity and Graduate Recruitment. The Program is supported by a collaboration between the Department of Molecular Biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. The goal of the program is to increase diversity among the graduate student population in the life sciences. Through outreach, recruitment, and mentoring, we aim to ensure the success and maximize the potential of all of our students, regardless of background. The Program for Diversity and Graduate Recruitment comprises of a dedicated team of faculty and staff members with decades of experience as scientists and mentors. Located in the Lewis Thomas Laboratory, in the heart of the Molecular Biology Department, we are here to welcome, to listen, to support and give guidance to our diverse students.

Vanessa Gonzalez-Perez
Assistant Dean, Diversity Initiatives in the Natural Sciences

Caressa Sanford
Coordinator, Diversity Initiatives in the Natural Sciences 

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