November 26's Fact of the Week

In 1995, Princeton offered no regular Asian American Studies classes and did not have a permanent professor with said expertise. Angered by the disjuncture in courses offered in both Asian American and Latin@ Studies, 17 students from multiracial backgrounds forced their way into Nassau Hall for a sit-in that ended after 36-hours after the administration raised barricades to prohibit food and supplies to the students and disconnected phone lines to disturb communication. Negotiations from the protest forced the President to agree to allocate $6 million for the hiring of new faculty members in Asian American and Latin@ Studies and increase library holdings and course offerings. Immediately after the sit-in, however, Princeton failed to completely fulfill their promises to the students and continued to lack faculty that specialized in Asian American Studies. 17 years later from a continued struggle from alumni, students, and faculty, Princeton has made significant strides and advanced Asian American Studies with a committee and introduced a course in the fall for interested students.