Apr 21, 2022, 5:00 pm6:30 pm
Louis A. Simpson International Building, A71
Event Description

Join us for a conversation with Black students, faculty and staff at Princeton on the benefits and challenges of travel, study, and research abroad.

A livestream for this event is also available via a Zoom webinar. Attendees who are interested in attending virtually much register in advance using this Zoom link. A recording of the event will be made available at a later date. 



Tennille T. Haynes, Ph.D., has over 16 years of student affairs experience and currently serves as the Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion- Campus Life at Princeton University. Tennille works closely with the campus community to advance co-curricular learning for students, faculty, and staff. In addition to leading the strategic and programmatic directions within ODI, Tennille is an adviser and educator for students and a consulting resource on diversity, inclusion, social justice, and community. Additionally, Tennille supports the ODI team in creating inclusive spaces for students with marginalized identities. Hailing from The Bronx, New York, Tennille earned her M.Ed. from Utica College, her bachelor's in History from Stony Brook University, and her Ph.D. from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Tennille is committed to expanding scholarship that centers on the experiences and development of students of color at predominantly white institutions concerning the examinations of systems, structures, and policies that have historically excluded marginalized communities and creating spaces of solidarity and culture to empower BIPOC students.


Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Classics at Princeton University, where he is associated with the Department of African American Studies and affiliated with the Programs in Latino Studies and Latin American Studies and the University Center for Human Values. A Dominican by birth and New Yorker by upbringing, he holds degrees from Princeton, Oxford, and Stanford. He is the author of Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League (Penguin 2015) and Divine Institutions: Religions and Community in the Middle Roman Republic (Princeton University Press 2020); and he has co-edited Rome, Empire of Plunder: The Dynamics of Cultural Appropriation (Cambridge University Press 2017). Projects now in the works include an edited volume on new approaches to the Middle Roman Republic (co-edited with Seth Bernard and Lisa Mignone; Cambridge University Press), a study of 338 BCE and the origins of Roman imperialism (co-authored with Denis Feeney; Harvard University Press), A People’s History of Rome (Princeton University Press), and a manifesto on race and racism in the disciplinary identity of Classics (co-authored with Sasha-Mae Eccleston).


Harrison Watson is a Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology working with Professors Lars Hedin, Rob Pringle, and Corina Tarnita. In his work he seeks to understand the role of large mammalian herbivores, like elephants and zebras, in the processes that regulate the amount of carbon dioxide found in Kenya, South Africa, and our atmosphere.


Nicole Williams is an undergraduate student (Class of 2023) in the Department of Sociology also pursuing a certificate in French Language and Culture. Her research interests include environmental sociology, the sociology of religion, and the sociology of education both in the North American and West African context. She was a Novogratz Bridge Year Program participant in Senegal from 2017-18 which inspired her commitment to empirically study the Senegalese education commitment for her senior thesis. During her time abroad, she taught in English for 50+ elementary school students at the YMCA Senegal and worked closely with the English instructor on curriculum design. She enjoyed learning Wolof and living with her homestay family, whom she is still in contact with today. Bridge Year was instrumental for her personal development, and also as a leader and aspiring scholar. Nicole has also studied abroad in Marseilles, France with the French and Italian Department, and will be taking another French course abroad with the department this summer. She has also traveled to the Dominican Republic, South Africa, and Wales. On campus, Nicole was formally one of the executive student leaders of Christian Union NOVA and now presently serves as the Interfaith Ambassador for the Black Student Union, and as a McGraw Learning Consultant. Off campus, Nicole is the author of a book, "The Unboxing: A Black Girl's Journey of Mental Health, Faith, and Identity," and is passionate about advocating for the resources and spaces for students to thrive academically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. During the pandemic she founded her non-profit, LUNA Empowered INC. which facilitates workshops and provides practical resources for students.


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Damilola Akinyele is the Executive Director at Princeton in Africa where she leads the organization that develops young leaders of tomorrow as they contribute to some of the most impactful organizations in Africa today. She is an International Training, Development, and Education Professional driven by quality education, social impact, inclusive and equitable projects, design, and innovation. She has spent her career cultivating strong leaders, strengthening institutions, and developing high-impact programs in Africa, the United States of America, the Middle East, and Asia. She enjoys exploring new cities, jazz, theater, canoeing, and coffee.

Event Type
Panel Discussion
Event Category
AAS Recommended Events


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