Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is committed to supporting and challenging all undergraduate and graduate students by facilitating co-curricular experiences and learning about identity, inclusion, equity, and social justice education. We serve the campus community through education, advising and training, and university-wide programming.

Who We Are

Campus Life is committed to fostering an inclusive, welcoming and intellectually challenging environment for all Princeton University students. Campus Life collectively creates opportunities for students to engage in critical experiences around diversity, equity, identity and social justice while supporting students’ individual and group needs.

The Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, LGBT Center, and Women*s Center are all housed within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and are distinct units with specific missions, histories, and legacies. Together, we work intersectionally because we understand that our students have layered identities and experiences. We form deliberate partnerships across Centers and with other offices across the University to meet the holistic needs of students. ODI is staffed by deans, an administrative assistant, Center directors, and program coordinators

What We Do

We envision a Princeton University culture that affirms and supports the identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of all students in a way that informs University efforts to create equity across student identities and experiences.

To this end, we focus our efforts in these strategic areas:

  1. Engaging undergraduate and graduate students of all backgrounds and identities in reflective learning experiences related to identity, inclusion, equity, and social justice education.
  2.  Supporting marginalized student populations and advocating for institutional change in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  3.  Strengthening belonging and cultivating community-building that centers marginalized identities and narratives.
  4. Creating collaborative, student-centered partnerships with allies and constituents within the University and with broader communities to advance our mission.
  5. Responding to the needs of our students, colleagues, and constituents around issues of diversity and inclusion.

Dean for Diversity and Inclusion — Primary Duties

  • Leads the development of initiatives to provide intentional focus and accountability for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across Campus Life, while working with and encouraging collaboration and cohesion among efforts and programs.
  • Serves as a member of the campus-wide Senior Diversity Practitioners Group and other diversity-related committees.
  • Serves as an advocate, resource and proactive catalyst to advance strategies for student inclusion and co-curricular experiences.
  • Works with colleagues to develop student-focused curriculum and workshops/ trainings on diversity, identity and related concepts.
  • Oversees the selection/funding process for the University-wide Campus Conversations on Identities Initiative.