Open Letter to the Princeton Mathematics Community

Current Graduate Students

This letter begins by recognizing the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks and the wish that these events will prompt a collective reckoning with the politics and history of the field. The students offer support for the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as for any actions currently being taken by the department to study and address inequities. The letter closes by asking that Princeton’s math department remain focused on issues of inequality.

The letter urges consideration of the following:

Creating space for a Zoom Town Hall meeting to support transparency in the department. The Town Hall could be moderated by administrators, department chairs, or the diversity officers. The Town Hall should support the creation of roles in the department dedicated to equity (e.g. a climate & inclusion committee), and to centering experiences of postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates.

Princeton University is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of Lenapehoking and the Lenape people. We pay respect to Lenape peoples past, present, and future and their continuing presence in the homeland and throughout the Lenape diaspora.