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Council of the Princeton University Community

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force Recommendations:  Update May 2016.  At the May 2 CPUC meeting, Vice Provost Minter noted that an update on implementation of recommendations from the Special Task Force on Equity and Inclusion would be available soon.  The report can now be found at this lnk.     

Background about the CPUC

In May 1969, a Special Committee on the Structure of the University, chaired by Professor Stanley Kelley Jr., proposed the establishment of a Council of the Princeton University Community as “a permanent conference of the representatives of all major groups of the University” where “they could each raise problems that concern them and … be exposed to each other’s views.” Meetings occur usually 6 times a year.  Council membership includes faculty, students, staff and alumni representatives, but meetings are open to all in the University community (contact Ann Halliday ( if you would like to receive meeting notices).

Recent Agenda Topics

At the May 2 Council meeting, chair of the CPUC Resources Committee Marc Fleurbaey summarized the work of his committee and described the guidelines it follows; Vice President for Information Technology Jay Dominick provided information about cybersecurity; and members of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of the Dean of the College gave a presentation about the Freshman Scholars Institute and the center's programs.  Vice Provost Michele Minter summarized measures to implement recommendations from the diversity-inclusion task force (see above for additional details) and Vice President for Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun introduced the new Dean for Diversity Tanya Buck.

The agenda for the March 28 CPUC meeting includes discussion about the campus plan and sustainability efforts.  More information is posted on the CPUC Agenda site.  Powerpoint presentations given at the March 28 meeting by the University Architect about the campus plan and the Director of the Office of Sustainability are linked.

At the February 15 CPUC meeting President Eisgruber discussed the recently released strategic planning framework.  The President's powerpoint presentation is attached at this link.  Members of the Trustee Wilson Legacy Committee then held a conversation with members of the University community. For more information, please go to the committee's website Wilson Legacy Committee website

Information from the December 14 meeting:  Note:  The Powerpoint presentations from the December 14 CPUC meeting are at this link.  They include the following presentations:   1) Entrepreneurship and the new Hub; 2) An overview of current diversity initiatives; 3) Information from the Dean of the Faculty about diversifying Princeton's faculty.  Dean Prentice made reference to data maintained by the University Provost's Office of Institutional Research about the composition of the faculty and to a 2013 report from the Ad Hoc Trustee Committee on Diversity.  The Institutional Research website with data is at this link: 2013 report is at this link:

Special Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

On December 8, 2014, President Eisgruber charged the CPUC Executive Committee with developing recommendations for improving University policies, practices and programming regarding diversity, inclusion, and equity for the campus community.  The CPUC Executive Committee is further charged with proposing events that will enhance public dialogue about racial equality, diversity, and other topics critical to the future of our University and our country. Read the Executive Committee's letter to the campus community (.pdf).

The CPUC Executive Committee established the CPUC Special Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Special Task Force process includes a Steering Committee (composed of the Executive Committee and additional members selected for this purpose) and three working groups focused on policy and transparency, academics and awareness, and structure and support.  The Special Task Force submitted its recommendations (.pdf) in May to President Eisgruber, who has issued his response (.pdf). The University has funded and begun to implement changes that the Task Force recommended. 

We invite you to share your feedback and perspectives.

Resources Committee report to CPUC 5/4/2015

Please see this link for information from the Resources Committee's annual report to the CPUC on May 4. 

Other references

Charter of the CPUC as of May 2013

Order of Business 2015-16

CPUC Contact Information

The CPUC's Executive Committee has responsibility for setting Council agendas. They welcome suggestions and comments. Please send them to:
Ann Halliday, Secretary to the CPUC
One Nassau Hall, Princeton, New Jersey 08544