This group was convened in the fall of 2019 by the Undergraduate Student Government as the Indigeneity at Princeton Task Force to advocate for Indigenous studies and students at Princeton. Since then, it has settled into its more permanent home in the PACE Center for Civic Engagement as the Princeton Indigenous Advocacy Coalition (PIAC). It is run by Keely Toledo '22 (Navajo Nation), Jessica Lambert '22 (Choctaw Nation), Gabriel Duguay '22, and Kate Schassler '21.
PIAC is structured into four committees which address specific needs. They are:
i. Academics, Coursework, and Faculty Relations. This committee spearheads the push for a certificate program and advocates for hiring more Native professors.
ii. Student Support and Resources. This committee pertains to acquiring for Native students an affinity space and a staff member focused on the needs of these students.
iii. Undergraduate Admissions: Recruitment and Retention. This committee works with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to enhance Princeton's recruitment of Native students to help more Native students apply to, get accepted to, and attend Princeton.
iv. Administration, Communication, and Strategic Planning. This committee works on projects that involve communicating and working with Princeton’s administration, communicating our goals and projects to Princeton’s campus and making our efforts visible, and determining approaches to solving our problems.
- February 12, 2020
- December 11, 2019