Founded in 1746 as the College of New Jersey, Princeton University is the fourth oldest university in the US. Notable alumni include Michelle Obama, Jeff Bezos, Alan Turing, and Founding Father James Madison.
In 2009, the institution launched a Latino Studies program, which, according to Princeton’s course catalog, “traverses the arts, humanities, and social sciences, seeking to provide students with a broad understanding of the emergence, transformation, and consolidation of Latino/a/x as a pan-ethnic group central to the development of the United States as a nation..”
The university’s commitment to service and civic engagement is captured in its informal motto, “Princeton in the nation’s service and the service of humanity.” Among the institution’s tangible contributions to that commitment are the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, which exists to promote diverse perspectives and intersectional conversations.
In keeping with its service credo, Princeton University partnered with HSF by committing to host the 2018 Youth Leadership Institute (YLI). YLI is a multi-day, overnight, college empowerment program for high-achieving Latino high school juniors, selected through a competitive application process. It is designed to give these young leaders the practical tools they need to successfully apply to top universities, have full access to scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and set a course for academic and career success. As a YLI host, Princeton provided for all residence needs for the duration of the summer program, including dormitory housing, classroom space, and meals.