DEMANDS OF THE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF PRINCETON UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
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Co-signed by: Princeton Black Student Union (BSU), Princeton Association of Black Women (PABW), Princeton Black Men’s Association (PBMA), Princeton African Students Association (PASA), Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR), Princeton Latin American Student Association (PLASA), Black Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson Accountability Task Force, Black Leadership Coalition (BLC), and Asian American Students Association (AASA)
1. CORE CURRICULUM
- We demand the establishment of a core requirement or a prerequisite for concentrators in the School of Public and International Affairs whose curriculum substantively examines power, race, and identity, domestically and/or globally. (see our proposed list of courses here.)
- We demand that the School leverage its funding towards an intentional and concerted increase in programming focused on topics of race, identity, and power.
2. FACULTY AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION PROCEDURES
- We demand the intentional hiring of more Black faculty and faculty of color in the School of Public and International Affairs, including through the joint appointment of core faculty within the AAS, AMS, ASA, EAS, GSS, LAO, LAS, and SAS departments/programs and the School of Public and International Affairs.
- We demand that the School work with students to create anti-racist training at least once per semester for all faculty (including tenured professors), staff, preceptors, and administrators.
- We demand the development of a transparent process to examine cases of discrimination in the classroom. All students are to be made aware of this process and of other resources available, and face no harmful repercussions for reporting.
3. SCHOLARLY RECOGNITION
- We demand the instituting of an undergraduate senior thesis prize awarded annually to one or more graduating seniors whose work has “pushed the boundaries and enlarged the scope of our understanding of issues of race,” modeled after the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Toni Morrison prize.
- We demand that the School commit significant funds to an interdepartmental faculty-student research team/task force to research reparations policies, directly proposing recommendations to the University for consideration and implementation.
- We demand a public renunciation of Woodrow Wilson and the removal of his name from the School of Public and International Affairs.
- We demand a critical intervention of “Double Sights,” beginning with the School’s funding for a recurring student-led symposium responding to the marker.
- We demand that the School of Public and International Affairs encourage the University to cut ties with the prison-industrial complex and publicly support student, faculty, Committee, and Trustee efforts towards full divestment.