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Campus Iconography

In April 2016, the University trustees adopted the Report of the Trustee Committee on Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy at Princeton, which included a recommendation that the administration make a concerted effort to diversify campus art and iconography, and consider the possibility of commissioning artwork that honors those who helped make Princeton a more diverse and inclusive place or that expresses the University’s aspiration to be more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming to all members of its community. This recommendation was consistent with conversations that took place between the administration and various student groups, including Princeton Latinos y Amigos, the Latinx community, and the Black Justice League, as well as the Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

In response to this recommendation, the Campus Iconography Committee (CIC) has been established along with an Advisory Group, both of which include faculty, students, alumni, and administrators dedicated to leading these efforts. In addition to the objectives referenced above, the Committee seeks to identify, facilitate, and support opportunities to provide visual cues on campus that represent layered and nuanced interpretations of Princeton’s history. Finally, the Committee will also encourage efforts to create spaces that promote dialogue and reflection, and to build a sense of community. Additional information regarding the focus of the Committee's work can be found in the CIC Charter and the working group descriptions.

An early recommendation from this initiative was to convene a Portraiture Nominations Committee (PNC), composed of faculty, students, staff, and alumni, to oversee the expansion of the University’s portrait collection. The PNC was formed in September 2017 and welcomes ideas and recommendations for portrait subjects to be added to the University’s collection. Please use the online form to make suggestions to the PNC.

The Committee

Treby Williams
Executive Vice President (co-chair)

Carolyn Rouse
Professor of Anthropology; Director, Program in African Studies (co-chair)

Wallace Best
Professor of Religion and African American Studies

LaTanya Buck
Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Nicholas Fernandez ’18

Chase Hommeyer ’19

Ron McCoy
University Architect, Office of the University Architect

Marni Sandweiss
Professor of History

Amina Simon ’18

Jeffrey Whetstone
Professor of Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts

Sits with Committee

Debby Foster, Senior Associate Director for Administrative Planning, Office of the EVP (CIC, secretary)

Abby Klionsky, Project Specialist, Office of the EVP

Tawana Lewis-Harrison, Assistant Director for Administrative Planning, Office of the EVP (Portraiture Nominations Committee, coordinator)

Kaitlin Lutz, Assistant Director, Finance and Administration, Engineering and Applied Science (Princeton History Working Group, secretary)

Annette Tate, Assistant Director, Finance and Administration, Office of the Dean for Research (Public Spaces Working Group, secretary)

The Advisory Group

Rochelle Calhoun
Vice President for Campus Life

Andy Chen ’09
Partner, Isometric Studio

Claire Fowler
Senior Associate Dean of the College

Anne Jarvis
University Librarian

Waqas Jawaid ’10
Partner, Isometric Studio

Izzy Kasdin
Executive Director, Historical Society of Princeton

Aly Kassam-Remtulla
Assistant Provost for Academic Planning and Institutional Diversity

Chad Klaus
Vice President, University Services

Paul LaMarche
Vice Provost for Space Programming and Planning

Michele Minter
Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity

James Steward
Director, Princeton University Art Museum

Anastasia Vrachnos
Vice Provost for International Affairs and Operations

Questions and Suggestions

For questions or to make suggestions to the Committee, please contact Debby Foster at dcfoster@princeton.edu.