From the Vice President

January 2009

On Monday, January 19, 2009, the University will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during its annual program in Richardson Auditorium. The following day, the new president of the United States will be inaugurated, marshaling a historic moment in America. The importance of this week will be felt by all of us at Princeton, where we strive to foster an environment of fairness and respect for each individual. We champion the idea that inclusivity promotes the achievement of great things in the classroom, laboratories and work setting. 

Princeton values and seeks the diversity of thought and spirit of its employees. We recognize that the multiplicity of our workforce is more than our race, age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability. It is our various personal and professional experiences, talents, skills, knowledge, thoughts, values and lifestyles that we bring to work daily that allow us to perform our jobs to the best of our ability.
 
Bringing together different perspectives harmoniously is important to leveraging individuals’ collective talents. One way Princeton does this is through various employee resource groups, which are voluntary groups organized around shared interests. These groups assist the campus in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. Princeton currently supports five — the Chinese Community; Latino Administrators; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Group; the Princetonians of Color Network, and the Southeast Asian group.
 
Also, Princeton recently formed the Diversity Council, a group of dedicated employees tasked with influencing campus culture and developing new short– and long–term actions and priorities. In partnership with academic and administrative units, these activities promote the University’s diversity goals to raise awareness of Princeton’s commitment to an inclusive and equitable community.
 
I encourage all employees to participate in one of the many multicultural activities offered at Princeton throughout the year. I hope the articles in this publication will prompt you to do so. 

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