Why We Do This Work


Andy Cofino, M.A. Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Belonging & Well-Being - Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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“I do this work because I believe in a Princeton where all students feel welcomed, valued, and respected for not only their academic contributions, but also their unique lived experiences and identities, spanning gender, race, ethnicity, disability, faith, sexuality, and more. ODI creates programming and conversations about social justice, identity, and difference that cultivate self-awareness and a sense of belonging, which are critical to a vibrant educational community.” — Andy Cofino, M.A., Assistant Vice President
Photo of Tennille Haynes, Director for the Carl A. Fields Center
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"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
Photo of Victoria Yu, Assistant Director for the Carl A. Fields Center

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"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
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"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
Photo of Lia Rodriguez, Office Assistant, Office of Diversity & Inclusion

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"I do this work because I want to help create an environment at Princeton where all students, especially those of marginalized communities, are respected, valued, and celebrated. As a member of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion-Campus Life team, I am able to share resources that support students, contribute to creating spaces that foster a sense of community on campus, and empower students in their everyday lives while at Princeton and beyond." - Lia Rodriguez, Office Assistant

Erika Avalos, Assistant to the AVP

 “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 Avalos, Assistant to the AVP

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