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Fields Center to be dedicated, Sept. 20

The new Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding will be dedicated in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

The former Third World Center is located at 86 Olden St. Its name was changed this summer to more accurately reflect its mission.

The new name honors Fields, a former Princeton dean who was the first African American to hold such a high-ranking post at an Ivy League school. Fields came to Princeton in 1964 as assistant director of student aid and, in 1968, was promoted to assistant dean of the college. He pioneered policies and practices aimed at increasing the enrollment and retention of African-American and other minority students. He left the University in 1971 to serve as the planning officer at the University of Zambia under a Ford Foundation Fellowship.

He later was the principal partner and founder of the African Technical Educational Consultant Service, the administrative officer of Riverside Church in New York City and the associate director of the Bishop Tutu Southern African Refugee Scholarship Fund. He died in 1998.

Participating in the ceremony will be members of the University community and the Fields family. Those planning to attend should contact center director Heddye Ducree at 258-5494.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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