Admissions Opportunity Campaign (AOC) at Princeton
- conversations with progressive faculty, administrators: first dean of admissions, then president
- Building support for the campaign on-campus
- Writing for publications:
- The Nassau Weekly, "Ban the Box," Interview with Cory Greene, conducted by Abby Gellman, May 4, 2015
- The Daily Princetonian, "Applying to Princeton," Grace Li, March 7, 2014.
- The Daily Princetonian, "Letter to the Editor: Questioning the Question," Brett Diehl, March 11, 2014
- The Stripes, "The Admissions Opportunity Campaign: A Step Towards a More Inclusive Admissions Process," Margaret Wright, March 24, 2014.
- Building coalition with other student groups (BSU, DREAM team, MASJID)
- The campaign circulated a petition that received over 1000 signatures from members of the Princeton community (students, faculty, alumni)
- AOC leaders spoke at the CPUC meeting – CPUC is an assembly of appointed faculty who vote and endorse certain policies and that gets sent to the trustees
- Teach in outside president’s office, May 2015
- Alumni publications, letter to the board of trustees
[End of the year, lot of people graduated, lost momentum – had trouble finding ways to escalate and sustain interest on campus for Fall 2015]
Fall 2016- Spring 2017:
- Shifted away from AOC due to sustained opposition from Rappleye to removing the question on the application.
- Instead, developed fisap (formerly incarcerated students access to princeton). The idea started with Grace and Joel (Former SPEAR leaders who graduated in ‘14 and ‘15) and began with the premise that Princeton administrators/faculty (including Rappleye to some extent) said they would support ways to increase formerly incarcerated students on campus. If Princeton was unwilling to remove the box, could we suggest other ways they could increase admission of such students?
- Meeting with Khristina Gonzalez in September
- Coordinating with Princeton’s Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) to figure out what the program would look like, how students would be selected, how their needs would be met on campus
- Researching other prison to college education programs and gathering information from people involved in those efforts
- In February 2017, eventually presented 10 page proposal to administrators in charge of transfer program and involved in admission of underrepresented students (Dean Gonzalez, Dr. Shaw, Jessica Li):
Re-booting the ban the box campaign
- Throughout fall semester, meetings with small coalition of student groups to discuss strategy
- Explored option of pressuring trustees, but informed that they have little influence over this issue
- Met with representatives from graduate departments to get their support and better understand how the graduate application removed the question
- Coalition prepares proposal to Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, presented February 2018
- CUAFA delays opinion, does not release any official guidance, although committee members seem sympathetic
- Presented on proposal to U-Council with hopes of getting U-Council endorsement, asked for demonstration of student support
- Organized the Ban the Box Town Hall in May 2018, sponsored by BSU, PLA, YDS, Pride Alliance, MASJID, HMC, Whig-Clio, and USG, which drew around 100 people
- Met with Dean Dolan in June 2018 to discuss results of town hall, communicated that decision ultimately rests with Eisgruber although CUAFA recommendations are influential