SPIA Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP), a.k.a. Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment (C-PREE)


STEP Cohort Asks Regarding Furthering Faculty and Student Diversity


Members of the STEP student community

This letter was part of an ongoing dialogue between STEP (a.k.a. C-PREE) faculty and Ph.D. students. In the letter, the students express hope that they will be able to work together with faculty to help dismantle historical racism in academia and at Princeton.  They ask faculty to take steps to increase diversity among faculty and students and volunteer themselves for specific tasks aimed at reaching these goals.

The letter asks for faculty to do the following:

  1. Faculty Hiring:
    • Hire at least one STEP faculty member from a historically excluded background within the next two years.
    • Include at least one STEP student representative in future hiring committees.
    • Explore ways STEP could contribute to the African American Studies Department’s research agenda.
  2. Admissions/Recruitment:
    • Increase transparency in the admissions process.
    • Increase outreach to applicants from historically excluded groups, including through sending students and faculty to conferences for students from these groups.
    • Partner with the Junior Summer Institute (JSI) program.
    • Gather data on how current Ph.D. students find out about the program.


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