Princeton University Drops Woodrow Wilson from School, College

Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School will now be known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

Faced with renewed demands from students and alumni, Princeton University reversed a decision it made four years ago and moved to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school and from a campus residential college.

Going forward the school will be known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and the college will be known as First College, a nod to its role when Princeton started the residential college system in the early 1980s. The university had already planned to close Wilson College when construction is completed on two new residential colleges.

In a letter to the university community, president Christopher Eisgruber wrote: “Wilson’s segregationist policies make him an especially inappropriate namesake for a public policy school. When a university names a school of public policy for a political leader, it inevitably suggests that the honoree is a model for students who study at the school. This searing moment in American history has made clear that Wilson’s racism disqualifies him from that role. In a nation that continues to struggle with racism, this University and its school of public and international affairs must stand clearly and firmly for equality and justice.”

Wilson, a member of the university’s Class of 1879 and a former president of Princeton, governor of New Jersey, and president of the United States, had been recognized for the role he played in transforming Princeton into a modern university, among other achievements.

But in recent years the good he did has been overshadowed by renewed awareness of his racist views that were regressive even for his time. Among other things, he resegregated the federal civil service and presided over a showing of “The Birth of a Nation” as the first film ever screened in the White House.

In 2016 Princeton’s board of trustees had voted to keep the name, despite protests on campus highlighted by a 32-hour sit-in in Eisgruber’s office in the fall of 2015.

In 2019 the university unveiled an installation by Walter Hood titled “Double Sights” and placed in Scudder Plaza, outside the Wilson School. The 39-foot-tall black-and-white piece is inscribed with statements by Wilson as well as rebuttals from prominent Black leaders and was intended to show a complete picture of Wilson’s legacy, both good and bad.

NJ Tech Council Rebrands

The New Jersey Tech Council, a New Brunswick-based nonprofit that supports the state’s technology industry, announced ahead of a virtual town hall meeting on June 15 that it would be known going forward as TechUnited:NJ.

In a statement to supporters CEO Aaron Price offered an explanation of the meaning and mission behind the name.

I couldn’t be more excited to unveil TechUnited:NJ.

With our new name, comes our refreshed positioning: For those who are defining the path ahead in New Jersey and beyond, TechUnited is an empowering force for all innovators, instigators, and entrepreneurs, Achieving this by uniting our community to embolden the “what ifs” so that we accelerate opportunity, propel ideas into action, in order to build a better future for all.

Why we chose “united.” All of our experiences with the tech community share one common trait: the magic of the unexpected opportunity that occurs when we unite. Whether you are an individual about to take the leap into forming a new startup or you’re an innovator inside a Fortune 100, it’s the power of our community — the power of uniting — that brings this magic to life.

Whether at dinners, meetups, conferences, festivals, slack groups, list-serves, zoom — the opportunity that serendipity brings is ultimately what makes our organization so powerful. Sometimes from the most unlikely of places we find friends, cofounders, investors, employees, clients, and more.

Why we are leaning into the word “tech.” “Tech” isn’t just about coding languages and transistors. To us, being a “tech” person is a lens through which one sees the world. Where some see headaches — we see opportunity. Where some find frustration — we look for efficiency. Where some think small — we leverage technology to make a dent in the globe.

In our brand positioning, you’ll notice the use of the word “all” twice. You should both expect and demand that TechUnited:NJ will be deliberate in making sure that we unite all people of all backgrounds who invent a future for all. Please continue to reach out with ideas on how we can do better to set a global standard for inclusivity.

You’ve probably noticed some changes already. I’m so proud of how much our small but mighty team has accomplished in record time. Just since the pandemic hit, we’ve welcomed over 5,000 of you to webinars. We’ve sent over 250 tech and PPE solutions from you to the State of NJ and hospitals systems around the region. We’ve hosted 15 startups on our new show, Startup Showdown, to pitch our very own Tech Council Ventures and other prominent investors. We’ve been heard by the Governor in our participation on the Restart and Recovery Committee to make sure that his plans include our community. We’ve launched our CleanTech Alliance with PSEG with an upcoming $50,000 startup reward. And so much more.

And, we’ve got much more planned for the year including forums focused on CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, Entrepreneurs, Women In Tech, our virtual week-long Propelify Innovation Festival starting October 5th, our annual Awards Gala in November, and our new State of the State of Innovation Report at year-end.

All of this is focused on one goal: to unite our community and build a better future for all.

TechUnited:NJ, 96 Albany Street, New Brunswick 08901. 732-456-5700. Aaron Price, CEO. techunited.co.

Partnerships

TerraCycle, 121 New York Avenue, Trenton 08638. 609-393-4252. Tom Szaky, CEO. www.terracycle.com.

Two producers of personal care products have partnered with Trenton-based Terracycle on a recycling programs for their product packaging.

Users of Better Natured hair care products and ACURE skin and hair products can use any box and a prepaid shipping label provided by TerraCycle to mail empty packaging to be melted and reformed as hard plastic to be used for new recycled products.

TerraCycle is also offering Zero Waste Boxes to allow for the safe disposal and repurposing of single-use personal protective equipment that can not be recycled by traditional means. Boxes can be placed in public spaces such as stores and parks to allow people to responsibly dispose of used items. Separate boxes are available for garments, gloves, masks and safety glasses; chemical protection suits, flame resistant suits, and smocks; vinyl, nitrile, and latex gloves; and surgical and industrial face masks. TerraCycle cannot accept biohazardous or medical waste. Boxes are sealed while in transit, which takes at least a week, and additional precautions are taken before the boxes’ contents are cleaned, melted, and formed into new products.

“During this time of uncertainty, our Zero Waste Box program provides easy solutions for keeping waste out of landfills and paving the way for a greener future,” says Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle. “Our goal is for all consumers to engage with TerraCycle recycling programs in a safe manner.”

To register for recycling programs visit www.terracycle.com.

Deaths

Epifanio Nazario, 77, on June 19. The longtime Trenton resident was one of the founders of the city’s Puerto Rican parade and served as its treasurer.

Rose Bonini, 94, on June 14. She served as manager of information services at Carter-Wallace research laboratories in Cranbury.

Frances “Judy” D’Amico, 78, on June 27 She retired from the finance department of Church & Dwight.

Diane Marie Brett, 61, on June 22. She worked in administrative roles at the law firms of Hartsough, Kenny, Chase, and Sullivan and Kenny, Chase, and Costa in Hamilton.

Allan W. Miller, 89, on June 26. He retired as vice president for information technology from the Clark Group in Trenton.

Maria A. Brower, 78, on June 25. She was a custodial supervisor for the Hamilton Township Board of Education.

Beatrice Marie Sub, 85, on June 26. She was a supervisor for many years in the state Department of Health.

Paul R. Kramer, 86, on June 16. A former NJ Assemblyman and author of the “Megan’s Law,” which created the statewide sex offenders registry, he also served as a Mercer County Freeholder and Hamilton Township finance director. Additionally, he was the owner of the popular family bagel bakery, Kramer’s, on Hudson Street in Trenton.

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