Princeton Prize in Race Relations 2010 Winners

"To promote harmony, understanding, and respect among people of different races by identifying and recognizing high school age students whose efforts have had a significant, positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities."

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations was founded in 2003 by Henry Von Kohorn ’66. Boston was one of first cities to pilot the Prize in 2003. Eight years later, the Princeton Prize has expanded to 23 regions across the United States. Project entries are judged by the Princeton Prize Committee, which consists of alumni, administrators, and former students winners. Each year, Boston’s Princeton Prize winner is awarded a cash grant of $1,000 and a trip to Princeton University for the Symposium on Race held each May. The Symposium on Race is sponsored by the Class of 1966 and co-sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Carl A. Fields Center.
HANNAH BIRNBAUM, Senior, Noble and Greenough School
JENNA SPENCER, Senior, Concord Academy
Hannah and Jenna are being honored with the Princeton Prize in Race Relations for creating Speak Up!, an anthology of personal stories about racism told by students from independent schools in New England. Inspired by their participation in a six-week program for students called Sub/Urban Justice, Hannah and Jenna concluded that the lack of peer dialogue and communication around the subject of racism was a major barrier to improving race relations in independent schools. Together, they worked for more than a year to collect stories from peers. The result was Speak Up!, a published work that includes not only personal accounts, but in-depth discussion of racism and identity, as well as a series of questions and resources for students.
Made possible with support from the Association of Independent Schools in New England, the book will be distributed to 250 independent schools. A series of workshops designed to encourage critical thinking and conversation on the topic of race and racism will be presented at area schools, as an adjunct to the anthology.