Princeton Interclub Council (ICC) issues statement calling for participation in a conversation on diversity and inclusion in the eating clubs

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016
by Office of the VP for Campus Life

The Princeton Interclub Council (ICC) is a body that prides itself on the strength found in collaboration and unity, being comprised of the undergraduate presidents of each of Princeton’s 11 eating clubs. The ICC meets weekly to discuss campus issues that impact club life and develop best practices for how to best cultivate a culture of respect, safety, and inclusion across all of Prospect Avenue. We also work with other organizations to advance our work inside the eating clubs as well as to engage the eating clubs in service to Princeton-at-large.

While the ICC’s work in recent years and the initiatives it has undertaken are related in a general sense to its firm belief that the eating club experience should be welcoming to all students who wish to join, we are currently looking to how our body can better address the issue of diversity and inclusion in the clubs in a more targeted and focused way. We are currently in the preliminary process of brainstorming what we can do to facilitate this important conversation, and some ideas we have considered are hosting a conference or organizing a series of informal focus groups over dinner at the eating clubs. To launch this effort, the ICC would like to reach out to all members of the clubs, students of Princeton, and stakeholders in the Princeton social experience, to join us in starting a dialogue on this important topic. We will be hosting an initial conversation on the subject of diversity and the clubs on February 28, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Cap & Gown Club. This discussion is open to all, but please RSVP through this form to let us know if you would like to attend and/or participate in an ongoing conversation on this topic. Together, especially as we welcome our new sophomore members, we can all keep making the clubs a place that more and more people are proud to call “home.”     

Given the integral role the eating clubs play in social life at Princeton and Princeton’s identity, the ICC’s ultimate function is to do everything it can to provide the best experience to club members and the broader Princeton community. A large part of that is providing resources and support as we work with people who are interested in helping promote this kind of advancement in the eating club system. To that effect, if you have any ideas, questions, or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out to ICC President Jean-Carlos Arenas ’16 (jarenas@princeton.edu).

 

Jean-Carlos Arenas ’16, President, Interclub Council

Ian McGeary ’16, President, Cannon Dial Elm Club

Tyler Rudolph ’16, President, Cap & Gown Club

Lorena Grundy ’17, President, Charter Club

Samuel Smiddy ’17, President, Cloister Inn

Christopher Yu ’17, President, Colonial Club

Forrest Hull ’16, President, Cottage Club

Eliza Mott ’16, President, Ivy Club

Yekaterina Panskyy ’17, President, Quadrangle Club

Nicholas Horvath ’17, President, Terrace Club

Grace Larsen ’16, President, Tiger Inn

George Papademetriou ’16, President, Tower Club