Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

WWS students

The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (PSPIA) is committed to ensuring that all members of our diverse community feel respected, supported, and valued both inside and outside the classroom. We seek to strengthen the capacity of our students to promote equity and foster inclusion while here and in the broader world. 

As Verna Myers, a noted diversity advocate, asserts: "Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance." And I would add — true equity is being one of the people who has a say in what music is played.
-Dean Cecilia Rouse

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Report 2017-2019

Read the latest report.

Diversity and Inclusion Standing Committee

Established in 2018, the Committee periodically assesses the climate for all groups within the School, including underrepresented groups, and makes recommendations to the Dean for improvement. Comprised of four faculty, students, and staff, the committee also monitors the School’s focus on diversity and inclusion in graduate admissions, curricular offerings, student support services, and public affairs programming. 


We are committed to strengthening our curriculum to better reflect the challenges dominating policy today. The School has hired a Diversity and Inclusion Visiting Research Scholar for Fall 2018 to spearhead efforts to incorporate issues of diversity and inclusion in public policy into the MPA curriculum.

“Part of solving our most entrenched public problems requires problem solvers be equity-minded and culturally competent.”
-Nyron Crawford, PhD., Diversity and Inclusion Associate Research Scholar

Student Life and Diversity Workshops 

Workshops are hosted throughout the academic year to equip students with the tools to foster respectful, open, and inclusive environments inside and outside the classroom. Workshops for the 2019-20 academic year include:

  • Mental Health (Stress Management, Distress Awareness and Response Training, Mindfulness)
  • Inclusion (Equity and Inclusion Training; Impact of Bias, Stereotypes and Microaggressions)
  • Prejudice (Overcoming Racism; Dismantling Classism)
  • Allyship (How to be an Ally: Men’s Allied Voices for a Respectful and Inclusive Community; Supporting the LGBTQA, Transgender, and Gender Non-Conforming Community)

Diversity Network Dinners 

Regular dinners provide a welcoming and supportive space for all students to meet, share a meal, and build community. Dinners are also attended by Princeton faculty with relevant research interests.

Students and Alumni of Color (SAOC)

Students and Alumni of Color brings together students and alumni to promote racial and ethnic diversity; establish mentoring relationships; discuss ideas relevant to the social, political and professional development of students of color; and support the social and political development of the wider community. SAOC sponsors an annual weekend symposium for thought-provoking policy discussions and professional networking. Recent symposiums include: “What Wall? Transcending Real and Perceived Borders,” “Solidarity of Resistance: Connecting the Past, Present, and Future,” and “From Access to Action: Building Momentum for the New Millennium.” 


First. empowers, elevates, and amplifies the voices of Firsts — low-income and first-generation students and alumni — by providing a forum for first-generation and low-income students to find community and space to discuss issues important to them.

Students for Educational Equity and Inclusion (SEED)

SEED is a student-led initiative whose mission is to strengthen commitment to and action towards equity and justice throughout students’ interpersonal and educational experiences at the School.

Women in Politics Network

Women in Politics Network (WIPN) is a bipartisan student organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation and representation in the political process. Our intent is to form a network of Woo Women in politics and government who support each other as they advance in their careers—and collectively work to correct the gender imbalance in politics.
To prepare women to enter into the political sphere we will provide specific skills to aid in navigating the male dominated field of politics. This includes female-centric skills-training including salary, title, and policy negotiation, fundraising, and communication strategies. WIPN members will also have the opportunity for mentorship from female alumni, and first-hand guidance from political professionals, and elected officials.


The WWAC is the graduate student government body. It gives students a voice in the governance of the School and a formal channel of liaison between the student body and the faculty and administration. Members participate in meetings of the Master’s Program Committee and in the curriculum development process. WWAC also plans social activities and coordinates volunteer and community-service activities. As part of the committee, two students are elected as Diversity Representatives and one student as the LGBT Inclusion Representative.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion WWAC Representatives

Now it is as important as ever to stand up for equity and inclusion. The long history of structural oppression in all societies makes it imperative to rethink the institutions we navigate and how they affect people with marginalized identities. Diversity and Inclusion Representatives work with School staff towards building a more inclusive community. They serve as liaisons between students and staff, and are in constant communication with Laura De Olden, the Associate Director of Graduate Student Life and Diversity Initiatives, to help design relevant programming and raise student concerns. They aim to provide safe spaces for people with marginalized identities, and spaces for students to discuss how to make our school a welcoming environment for all.

Some of the initiatives and events spearheaded by the Diversity and Inclusion Representatives include:

  • Facilitation of class-wide conversations on identity, intersectionality and allyship
  • Event on international perspectives on identity
  • Event on personal history
  • LGBTQ affinity group meetings
  • Curriculum Audit on diversity of perspectives represented in core classes
  • Presentation to the Master’s Committee on Curriculum Audit
  • Participation in Post-Doc Hiring Committee