An April referendum calling for an end to bicker by the 2019–20 academic year has failed, with 56.3 percent voting against it. Two undergraduates had gathered 500 signatures to place the “HOSE BICKER” question before students, arguing that the existing system breeds elitism and unnecessary selectivity. Though a victory would not have mandated a change, organizers had hoped that it would have pressured selective clubs to change. A total of 1,988 students voted on the question.
The University has filled two administrative positions that will focus on access, diversity, and inclusion: KHRISTINA GONZALEZ began work last month as associate dean of the college, and DALE TREVINO will become associate dean of the Graduate School July 1.
Gonzalez previously was associate director of the Princeton Writing Center. Her responsibilities include the Freshman Scholars Institute, participation in the national Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, and developing initiatives focused on students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and other underrepresented groups. “It is important that we provide the resources so all students can thrive here,” Gonzalez said. “We also need to make sure all students’ voices are heard on campus.”
Trevino is the director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. At Princeton, he will oversee the Graduate School’s efforts to enhance the diversity of the graduate student body and to foster a supportive community for all graduate students. He will work with academic departments to increase the access, retention, and success of historically underrepresented grad students and will manage the Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.