All faculty, staff, and researchers at Princeton Engineering are invited to join the school’s Diversity Champions Program.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science deeply values diversity across our community and aspires to create an inclusive workspace and educational environment where all thrive. This program offers opportunities for the community to learn, share, and practice strategies related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

What is it?

Participants in the Diversity Champions program craft their own learning plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion. The goal is for participants to identify a question or questions they want to understand better and to find events, trainings, or discussions that help them advance their understanding and practice in that area.

The engineering school’s diversity and inclusion team will hold introductory workshops, on September 6 and 13 (revised date: Friday, Sept. 23), to help participants refine their goals and craft their plans. (Please go ahead and sign up for a workshop – no commitment!) Mentoring and support opportunities for participants will be offered throughout the year, along with cohort gatherings to allow the group to get to know each other and discuss their learnings.

When is it?

The inaugural program will launch in the academic year 2022-2023. The introductory workshops will take place in September 2022. The program will start in October 2022.

The program will conclude in June 2023 with a celebratory gathering and a small token of appreciation.

Why should I join?

Given the current efforts to combat systemic racism at Princeton and beyond, you may have questions about diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in the workplace. Topics for consideration include:

  • How can I better contribute to an inclusive environment in my group?
  • I hear this term ‘microaggressions’ but I don’t really get it. Why is that important?
  • I myself am a member of a minority group at the engineering school. How does ‘diversity training’ apply to me?
  • What’s the history and relevance of including your pronouns in introductions?
  • How can I make a difference on issues that seem rooted in so many societal factors beyond my control?

Participate in the Diversity Champions program to help yourself overcome barriers and questions you face around matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to help Princeton Engineering create a welcoming environment for all. You will receive formal recognition for your investments and accomplishments in this area and be able to list this program in professional contexts such as your annual performance review, resume, or CV.

How do I join?

Fill out this form to join the program! You may find it helpful to consult this list of resources and learning opportunities and these sample goals.

If you would like further support, please sign up for a workshop to help you plan your personal development plan. Feel free to attend a workshop even if uncertain about joining the program – no obligation for attending.

Because this is a professional development opportunity, we encourage you to inform your immediate supervisor of your plans to enroll in the program.