Why We Do This Work
“I do this work because I want to be what I needed. I believe that students should have voice and agency and be fully supported, empowered, encouraged, and acknowledged for who they are. No matter the background, experience, or story, I want students to know that they matter and add value to their institutions and communities at-large. I am impassioned about issues of access, opportunity, and equity for historically marginalized communities and diversity education for all students and those who serve them. I do this work, not merely as a role or position, but as a responsibility.” — LaTanya N. Buck, Ph.D., Dean
"I do this work to make sure students’ sexual and gender identities are validated in a place where they were, and still are, excluded. The work of the Campus Life Diversity and Inclusion team ensures that identities across race, gender, disability, sexuality, spirituality, socioeconomics, and others are centered and uplifted." — Eric Anglero, Assistant Director
"I do this work because it is important to have a space where you can critically talk about gender and how it plays out amongst other identities. I want to provide support to students by creating spaces and programming that helps them learn, feel seen and valued on campus, and to be a resource." — Grace B. Davis, Program Coordinator
"I do this work because it is critical. As a first-generation woman of color, I wholeheartedly believe in creating positive and welcoming experiences for underrepresented students as this is vital to their success. They need support, care, and acknowledgment and my goal is to make sure they receive this. Collectively our team works to make sure there is not only diversity and inclusion but equity in those experiences." — Tennille Haynes, Ph.D., Associate Dean
“I do this work because one’s core identity is the essence of who they are. It is imperative that students realize their full potential and undergo transformational experiences that can lead to systemic changes, including inclusive and equitable spaces. Through the work of Campus Life Diversity and Inclusion, we strive for students to have the best possible experience throughout their time at Princeton, while advocating for marginalized students and increasing cultural competency within the institution.” — Erika Navarro, Assistant to the Dean
" I do this work because as a queer first-generation Chicana who faced systemic barriers while in college, I understand the importance of mentorship and community while navigating higher education. I work to create student centered spaces where underrepresented communities are valued and uplifted. - Jazmin N. Muñoz, Program Coordinator"
"I want to provide support and share resources that were imparted to me from students and mentors as I entered college a first-gen student with many marginalized identities and no concept of what the experience or potential barriers would be." — Jes L. Norman, Program Coordinator
"I do this work because I believe it is possible to transform systems which were not designed to affirm the most marginalized students on campus. Through that lens, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in Campus Life works to transform systems – and teach students to transform systems – to support, engage, and uplift the most marginalized community members during and after our time at Princeton University. As a result, our work not only betters our campus community, but also the broader communities which we traverse."
— Kristopher Oliveira, Assistant Dean
"I am passionate about supporting students, creating intentional spaces, and building developmental experiences that positively impact students of diverse backgrounds and foster a sense of belonging." — Victoria Yu, Assistant Director