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Remarks to the CPUC about criticism of higher education in the U.S. Congress
Dec. 12, 2023

During a meeting yesterday of the Council of the Princeton University Community, I briefly addressed the tumultuous hearings in Congress last week, which unfortunately have led to questions about the commitment of leading U.S. research universities to act forcefully in response to hypothetical calls for the genocide of Jews. 

“I…

Statement on Terrorist Attacks and War in the Middle East
Oct. 10, 2023

Even in a world wearied and torn by violence and hatred, Hamas’s murder and kidnapping of hundreds of Israelis over the past weekend is among the most atrocious of terrorist acts.  This cruel and inhumane attack has provoked a bloody war that has already claimed the lives of thousands of Palestinians and Israelis and will tragically take…

Philadelphia Inquirer Q&A on Affirmative Action and More
Feb. 8, 2023

I had the privilege of sitting down recently with the Philadelphia Inquirer for a wide-ranging conversation about how Princeton is preparing for the coming Supreme Court decision on affirmative action. 

Reporter Sue Snyder and I discussed why diversity is essential for the pursuit of excellence in higher education, how…

Wintersession Workshop: Online Media & Civic Discourse
Jan. 5, 2023

I am thrilled to be one of more than 400 people leading a Princeton Wintersession course this month.  For me, Wintersession provides an opportunity to brainstorm with students about a question that keeps me up at night:  how do online media affect us, and what can we do to achieve a healthy civic discourse in this rapidly changing…

President's Blog: DACA setback demands congressional action now
Oct. 7, 2022

For all of us who care about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the years-long fight over its legality has been frustrating. For the hundreds of thousands of individuals who rely on DACA’s protection from deportation, their precarious status is undoubtedly even more anguishing.

This…

President's Blog: Progress on DACA, and the fight continues
Sept. 1, 2022

by Christopher Eisgruber

The Biden Administration last week took an important step to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Congress must now act to provide permanent protection for Dreamers, including those who are Princeton students and alumni.  

The Department of…

President's Blog: Three Cheers for the CHIPS and Science Act
July 28, 2022

by Christopher Eisgruber

Relief and appreciation swept our research community earlier today as Congress passed a monumental bipartisan bill designed to shore up the U.S. research enterprise and boost America’s economic and strategic competitiveness.

You could all but hear the cheers across Route 1 at the…

President's Blog: Second Chance Pell and the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative
June 23, 2022

by Christopher L. Eisgruber

Bravo to the federal education department for recently expanding a college-in-prison program that helps incarcerated people successfully transition back to society—and which has given Princeton faculty and students genuinely meaningful opportunities to extend our impact beyond this campus.

President's Blog: 10th Anniversary of DACA
June 15, 2022

Today is the 10th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  For Princeton, it is a day of both pride and frustration. 

Pride, because DACA students at Princeton have conducted important research, served in leadership roles, and been able to participate in all aspects of the university…

President's Blog: Statement Regarding Buffalo Shooting
May 17, 2022

Our hearts break for the ten people killed and three others wounded by a racist gunman in a Buffalo grocery store last weekend.  The anguish caused to the victims and their families, and to the broader Black community, is simultaneously unfathomable and yet too familiar.  It is outrageous, unjust, and intolerable. 

As I…