Princeton Prospective Newsletter

Vol. 2, Issue 1, September 2022

Dear Dianna,

The new academic year is here, which means new challenges and opportunities lie ahead, especially around your scholarship and research. Hence, we want to welcome you once more to the Princeton Prospective Newsletter (PPN) and share with you that we have a great year ahead of us. Stay tuned for our Fall virtual events around the graduate school application, opportunities to network with our departments, and chances to meet members of the ADI team or Princeton ambassadors at some of the national conferences.

We know you are reading this note because you are interested in graduate school, and we only hope to be part of your journey and offer access to tools and support. 

We are looking forward to meeting you virtually or in person.

Wishing you a great day,

Vanessa Gonzalez-Perez, Ph.D. (she|her|ella)

Assistant Dean for Access, Diversity, and Inclusion

Meet the ADI team
Joseph Lewis

ADI Welcomes new Assistant Dean Joseph Lewis!

The ADI team is excited to welcome Joseph Lewis as the Assistant Dean of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Graduate School! Dean Lewis will be supporting the Humanities and Social Science divisions as well as many of our signature initiatives.  

Joseph brings over fifteen years of experience in academia to the Princeton Graduate School. Prior to Princeton, Joseph was an associate professor of English language and literature at Delta College in University Center, MI. At Delta College, he worked on college-wide initiatives such as the Diversity Task Force, the Freshman Orientation Program, and the Men of Delta Mentorship Program. Joseph was also a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow at Denison University and a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Joseph is joining us from the Princeton Writing Program as a postdoctoral lecturer where he taught a writing seminar focused on histories of student activism around the world titled “The Monuments Must Fall.”  


Joseph holds a Ph.D. in English from Wayne State University, where he was a King Chavez Parks Future Faculty Fellow. He also holds an M.A. in Africana Studies and Literature from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and a B.A. in English Arts from Hampton University.

Upcoming Events

Fall Virtual Workshop Series

The Deans from the Access, Diversity and Inclusion team are delighted to invite you to participate in our Graduate School Fall Workshop Series. Webinar participants will be introduced to the graduate school application process, receive useful application tips and best practices for networking with faculty and administrators, and understand how to prepare for interviews/campus visits. We look forward to meeting you throughout the Fall!

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Grad Info Session

Monday September 19th

12:00pm (EST)

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All about Letters of Recommendation

Monday, October 10th

4:00pm (EST)

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The Princeton Prospective Ph.D. Preview (P3) is a fall visitation program for prospective graduate students that focuses on engaging scholars from historically underrepresented groups.

(See below for details)

Applications are now closed. However, stay tuned for opportunities to attend some of the P3 live streamed events. Details will be shared closer to the event.

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The application has closed, but please watch for announcements regarding the departmental open houses that will follow P3!

Dean VGP's Advice

Making the best of your senior year research experiences

This message is to senior students or post-bac scholars. You are so close to completing each of these respective experiences, so how to make the best of them, especially when you are about to apply to graduatee school?

Network: You have done a lot of work for some time now. However, your colleagues or mentors may not be aware of your future goals and aspirations. Start networking with people pursuing the roles you are interested in, get to know more about what it takes to be in that role, and be at the top of your game.

Clear communication: As you network, be clear about what your goals are, request professional and personal feedback, share what is relevant to you, and, more importantly, talk about your fears and concerns. Such conversations are important and will give you more perspective as you approach the application process or while navigating new fields.

Know yourself: Getting feedback is one way to learn about how others perceive you, but also take your time to reflect about who you are, what types of environment you feel the most supported and and what are your needs as a scholar and as a person. I know is not easy but “practice talking about yourself”.

Believe it or not, if you start being aware of these areas, you will have an easier time going through the process of identifying the next steps in your career.

Vanessa Gonzalez-Perez, PhD | Assistant Dean, ADI


GSP 2022 Cohort in front of Clio Hall

Grad Scholars Program (GSP)

We welcomed the 2022-23 cohort of the Grad Scholars Program with a 2-day Orientation Program on August 29th & 30th. The GSP Program is a program for entering first-year graduate students and pre-doctoral students from diverse backgrounds, and is designed to enhance and support academic, social, and community development during their initial graduate school experience.

Click here to learn more about the GSP Program!
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Recruitment Calendar

  • Ivy Plus Puerto Rico, October 23-26
  • SACNAS, October 27-29, San Juan, PR
  • ABRCMS, November 9-12, Anaheim, cA

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