Princeton Prize winners share efforts to improve race relations

April 22, 2009 6:09 p.m.

Winners of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations from across the country will discuss their efforts to improve race relations from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 2, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The Princeton Prize program honors high school students who do outstanding work to advance the cause of race relations. Created by alumni volunteers and sponsored by the University's Alumni Association, the program was launched in 2003 in two cities and has expanded to offer prizes in 23 regions across the country this year.

The presentations from this year's winners are open to the public. They are part of the second annual Princeton Prize on Race Relations Symposium. On Friday, May 1, prize winners will convene with students from nearby high schools in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to share ideas on making their communities more racially tolerant. The students also will listen to and interact with Princeton scholar Melissa Harris-Lacewell, associate professor of politics and African American studies, and join President Tilghman for a roundtable discussion.

The symposium is sponsored by members of the Princeton class of 1966, the Office of the Alumni Association and the Fields Center.