Inclusive Academy

May 11-12, 2022

Unearthing genius and joy

Princeton University

Renita Miller

“Too often, the genius, joy, contributions, service, and overall awesomeness of folks from underrepresented backgrounds are overlooked, hidden, and kept secret. There is research that even suggests that terms like brilliance and genius are not associated with people of color. The Inclusive Academy (IA) Symposium and the BADI Awards are designed to unearth, unhide, and celebrate the genius, joy, and contributions of this community.” —Renita Miller, Associate Dean of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion

May 11-12, 2022

The inaugural Inclusive Academy (IA) Symposium is an in-person two-day diversity conference focused on supporting graduate students and post-doctoral scholars from underrepresented backgrounds, on an array of topics related to success in the academy and on the job market. The symposium is focused on bringing graduate students and post-doctoral scholars from underrepresented backgrounds together while also providing a platform to discuss critical topics for thriving and success through a holistic and intersectional lens.

We will host panels, speakers, and workshops that enhance their knowledge and understanding of topics related to academic entrepreneurship, cultivating joy, interviewing, salary negotiations, and financial literacy in addition to strengthening their leadership, public speaking, networking, and storytelling skills.

Important Updates:

The next IA Symposium will be held May 17 – 18, 2023!

Video Recordings of the 2022 Inclusive Academy Symposium Sessions can now be found on the Schedule Page.

Best of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion

Best of Access, Diversity, & Inclusion Award Nominations

The symposium will culminate in the first of its kind award dinner, The Best of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion Awards, also known as the BADI awards. The BADI awards will honor and celebrate faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students who have made significant impacts in the Princeton graduate student community around diversity and inclusion. Please take a moment to submit a nomination for a well-deserved member of the Princeton community.

Nominations will Re-Open in Spring 2023.


Luvvie Ajayi Jones
New York Times Best-Selling Author, Podcast Host, and Professional Troublemaker
Thasunda Brown Duckett
President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA


Almesha L. Campbell, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Jackson State University
Majora Carter
MacArthur 'Genius Grant' Fellow | Peabody Award Winning Broadcaster | Author
Christopher L. Eisgruber
Princeton University
Joy Gaston Gayles, Ph.D.
President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and Professor of Higher Education at NC State University
Vanessa Gonzalez-Perez, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean Diversity Initiatives in the Natural Sciences
Princeton Graduate School
Julius Korley, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for the Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships
University of Delaware
Ricardo Mallarino, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology
Princeton University
Renita Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Access, Diversity and Inclusion
Princeton University
Andrés Monroy-Hernández, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Princeton University
Rod Priestley, Ph.D.
Vice Dean for Innovation, Incoming Dean of the Graduate School
Princeton University
Isaac Serwanga
Inspirational Speaker, best-selling author, and Founder of Inform and Inspire
Theresa S. Thames, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel
Princeton University


Princeton Graduate School
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Office of Human Resources
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National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

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