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Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Co-chairs – James Smith '92, Erica Jones '06,  and Brian Gant '97

In order to recognize, support, and encourage the young people of our country who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the cause of relations among the races, Princeton University sponsors an awards program for high school students -- the Princeton Prize in Race Relations. Princeton and its alumni recognize that the issue of race relations continues to be one of the most urgent and important challenges facing our country. Princeton has created this program to identify and commend young people who are working to increase understanding and mutual respect among all races. Through the Princeton Prize we hope to encourage others to join in these or similar efforts and to undertake initiatives of their own.  

The 2007 Prize was awarded last June to Sally Nuamah from Jones College Prep. The award ceremony was generously hosted at the offices of Ariel Capital.  Mellody Hobson '91 was the keynote speaker, with approximately 100 members of the Princeton community in attendance. We thank Mellody and John Rogers '80 for their continued support of the Princeton Prize.

During the 2007–08 school year, the Princeton Prize awards program was available to students attending high school in 21 geographic areas.  The Princeton Prize is in its third year in the greater Chicago area.  The Club will honor Chicago's 2008 Prize recipient, Nychelle Blair of Walter Payton, at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 21, 2008, where she will be presented with a $1,000 prize from the University.  Paula Sneed, retired Executive Vice President of Kraft Foods, Inc., will be the keynote speaker.  Invitations with further details will be sent in the upcoming weeks.

Thank you to our Princeton Prize Committee members for their dedication this year:  

Susan Conger-Austin*83, Jeannine Hogg '91, Charlene Huang Olson '88, Nat Piggee '96, Oren T. Pollock *51, Tony Poole '77, Roger Schmidt '79, Jeff Sharp ‘80, Mircea Tipescu '92,  Jason Tyler '93, and Paula Lawson Weber '79 S76 P10.

The Chicago program is seeking volunteers to join the 2008-2009 committee.  To volunteer, please contact Erica Jones '06 at eejones6@gmail.com.

Princeton Project 55 Public Interest Program

Co-Chairs – John H. Fish '55 and Lindsay Wall '02

The Chicago program continues to offer unique placements and learning opportunities.  Twelve Princeton Project 55 Fellows were placed with non-profit organizations in Chicago for the 2007-2008 year.  Fellows also attend weekly Urban Seminars, where they meet Chicago leaders and build a network with executives from some of the most respected non-profits in Chicago, while discussing pertinent issues of the day.

The Public Interest Program in Chicago is operated by a steering committee, under the leadership of John Fish '55 and several other Princeton alumni. The committee includes: John Fish '55, Rebecca Deaton '91, Kirsten Ekdahl Hull '99, Lindsay (Michelotti) Wall '02, Erica Jones '06, Christopher Aguilar '06, Vince Anderson '65, and Stacy McAuliffe '98.  The committee also includes four current Project 55 Fellows: Aiala Levy '07, Logan West '07, Jennifer Andresen '07, and Aprajita Anand '06.  Each steering committee member takes responsibility for a sub-committee, which include placements,


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