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Get to Know the Carl A. Fields Center!

Fields Center

The Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding offers a variety of cultural programs that are focused on the interconnectedness of social, political and cultural issues within diverse communities. These programs uniquely integrate the theoretical and experiential aspects of cultural understanding and allow participants to develop specific cultural competencies. Cultural programs range from monthly events and speakers to special celebrations and artistic endeavors.

What we do at the Fields Center

Heritage Month Events

The Fields Center advises and oversees the development of nationally recognized heritage month programs that celebrate the rich cultural, social and political contributions of diverse groups in our society. All Princeton community members are encouraged to get involved with the planning, implementation and attendance of these events as they are inclusive and provide opportunities to learn while community building.

Latino(a) Heritage Month (LHM)
Latino(a) Heritage Month (LHM) strives to increase awareness about Latino and Latin American histories, identities, cultures, accomplishments and contemporary issues. Events are open to all.

Black Heritage Month (BHM)
Held on campus each February, Black Heritage Month (BHM) celebrates the rich cultural, historical, and political contributions of the African diaspora.

Asian Pacific- American Awareness Month (APAAM)
During the month of April, the Asian Pacific American Awareness Month (APAAM) is an annual celebration focused on promoting awareness of APAA culture and history among members of the campus community.

Commencement Events

The Fields Center works in conjunction with a range of student organizations, alumni affinity groups and administrative units on campus to organize multicultural graduation ceremonies that celebrate the accomplishments of students who have engaged in many areas of diversity at Princeton University. These ceremonies include both graduate and undergraduate students and augment the broader Commencement events planned by the University.

Latino (a) Graduation
The Latino Graduation was first initiated by students, more than 20 years ago, who desired the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and recognize the important role that Latino students have played in shaping the landscape of Princeton. The program provides an intimate setting for family, friends, alumni, faculty, staff and students to recognize the accomplishments of the graduates while embracing their new important roles as Princeton alumni.

Pan-African Graduation
The Pan-African Graduation, inaugurated in 2005, this ceremony serves as an intimate gathering for family, friends and members of the African diaspora to celebrate the culture and accomplishments of the graduating class. Generally, the event is followed by dinner and live entertainment at the Fields Center.

Ways to get involved at the Fields Center…


The mission of the Princeton University Mentoring Program (PUMP) is to enrich and support the lives of diverse students at Princeton through various leadership, mentoring, and group activities. PUMP offers a unique program of mentorship in which the mentees can comfortably learn from students who have had similar first-hand experiences while transitioning into Princeton. PUMP provides a perspective from a student with the same prospective interests, catering the guidance experience more towards the individual mentee. It’s a safe space for mentees to raise any concerns or just have a friend to talk to!

PUMP matches mentees with mentors who share similar interests to provide a network that will introduce the various academic and social resources on campus. The range of events that we support varies widely, from academic/career guidance initiatives to social/bonding mixers. In the beginning of the year, PUMP kicks off with a mixer event to help mentees get acquainted with all the mentors before creating one-on-one pairings.

How to get involved? Look for our table during the Activities Fair to sign up to become a mentee and join our mailing list. For more information contact Vivian Ludford at vludford@Princeton.edu or Capella Yee at cyee@princeton.edu. You can also like our Facebook page!

Sustained Dialogue

We talk. We discuss. We speak honestly. We keep it going. And we change!

The mission of Sustained Dialogue is to address race and other deep-rooted social divisions, like gender and religion, through meaningful relationships cultivated and supported by ongoing dialogue. Participants meet for weekly dinners in assigned residential colleges, eating clubs, and other designated locations in order to discuss such issues with a constant group. Sustained Dialogue at Princeton also hosts social events for participants across groups to get to know each other.

Sustained Dialogue is a process coined by Dr. Harold Saunders, an American diplomat who was instrumental in a number of peace processes in the Middle East since the 1970s. During his involvement in negotiations, he observed that participants’ relationships seemed to evolve through a recognizable pattern. In the early 1990s, he developed a concept of relationship for analyzing relationships and for guiding efforts to change them and conceptualized a process for leading participants through dialogue over time to create conditions in which relationships could change. In 1999, students at Princeton University approached Dr. Saunders to adapt the Sustained Dialogue process to college campuses in order to improve race relations.

Spend one hour a week in Sustained Dialogue. You will make new friends while dialoguing on topics ranging from how your fellow students identify their ethnicity to gender dynamics on campus, from the experience of internationals to the difference between secular humanism and Christianity.

Carl Fields Fellows

Princeton undergraduates are invited to apply for open positions each academic year. The Fields Center Fellows Program encourages students to interact and work with members of the Princeton University community as well as visitors of the center.

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Tennille Haynes
Director, Carl Fields Center for Eqaulity and Cultural Understanding

Tennille Haynes oversees all programmatic, budgetary and physical space aspects of the Carl A. Fields Center. She collaborates with student organizations on programs and activities, provides advice and mentoring for individual students, and consults and collaborates with others in the University community; to enhance the climate for students of color.

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