Jewel Justice

Class of 2024
Undergraduate, Major

Jewel Justice is a member of the class of 2024, born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware and now living in South Jersey. She was drawn to the AAS department because of its interdisciplinary approach to learning and commitment to dismantling oppressive systems that produce racial and socioeconomic inequities. Also, she feels the department gives her the space to create and imagine freely. Academically, Jewel is exploring how Black American women's decisions and physical bodies are policed and what it means to take up space.

Jewel considers it an honor and responsibility to create equitable spaces for communities of color and advocate for restorative and transformative justice at Princeton and beyond. Therefore, she is constantly thinking about how we can form safe, nurturing spaces for people of color to exist and flourish in. At Princeton, this means decolonizing the classroom and recognizing the systemic inequities that pervade the institution. Of course, this extends to educational, occupational, and recreational settings beyond Princeton. Jewel is particularly interested in the role of racial inequity within education: how curricula used in the American education system normalize anti-Blackness and how educational spaces can be unsafe for students of color.

On campus, Jewel serves as a Residential College Adviser in Mathey College; Artistic Director of DoroBucci African Dance Company, Princeton's premiere African dance group; and a mentor for the Princeton University Mentoring Program (PUMP), a program designed to help freshman students of color get acclimated to Princeton. Also, as a Research Associate for the Ida B. Wells JUST Data Lab, she works towards creating a more inclusive, equitable approach to technology and data through an abolitionist lens.