Mission + Vision
The Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding strives to empower members of the University community as they seek to learn about self, understand the breadth of cultural and social differences among us, and build the skills needed to create and lead a more just world.
To help actualize Princeton’s Statement on Diversity and Community, the Fields Center works to:
- Create a greater sense of community and improve the quality of life for Princeton students;
- Create and promote a sense of belonging that permeates throughout all aspects of the Princeton community; and,
- Foster the growth and unity of the Princeton community by advancing student learning through programs and experiences that integrate self-awareness, multicultural and intercultural communication skills, social justice education and leadership opportunities.
We undertake this work with the specific goals of:
- Providing a lively and welcoming venue for student programs and activities and creating an informal space for socializing and meeting new people;
- Increasing understanding and mutual respect on campus by crossing perceived boundaries such as race, religion, political ideology and cultural lines;
- Addressing forms of prejudice and discrimination, including the dynamics that systemically exclude or oppress individuals and groups because of their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical ability and economic or social class;
- Bringing diverse groups of people together to engage in purposeful dialogue to create mutual understanding;
- Working to empower and educate individuals and institutions within the University community to develop, implement and support systems of inclusion; and,
- Providing service and leadership opportunities so that students and others can contribute to the world in positive ways by helping end conflict and build communities.
Four Pillars of the Carl Fields Center
Empowerment is a critical first step in realizing that an active effort must be made to understand and then benefit from things that are different. Without this step, differences routinely are feared, mocked and/or shunned and such negativity can be isolating. Community building requires risk taking for advancement.
Understanding is an effort to reach beyond one's own limited experience and wear the shoes of another. It is an attempt to view the world from a different vantage point and then learn how to reconcile that perspective with one's own.
Social Justice is an appreciation that, regardless of individual traits, certain societal values must be recognized and maintained or else that society will stagnate. It is a focus on not only the whole, but what all parts of the whole are obligated to do in order to progress.
Leadership is the act of practicing empowerment, understanding and social justice while implementing a plan or vision.