Service at Princeton University is about responding to the needs of the world. In response, the Pace Center launched Princeton RISE (Recognizing Inequities and Standing for Equality), an anti-racist grant initiative. Starting in 2020, partners submitted racial justice projects and the Pace Center matched students' interests and skills to those needs. During the summer, Princeton RISE fellows have an opportunity to listen to and work with communities, to explore and advocate for racial justice broadly, to learn about societal inequities in areas such as health, criminal justice, and education, and to make a substantive contribution to the research and mission of both campus and community partners. 

How to use this resource

Recent events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and police violence have placed a spotlight on the ever-present racial inequities in our communities and world. As we work to combat persistent acts of systemic racism, we have to first learn about these systems - where they come from and how they currently manifest. 

This resource guide provides an accessible framework for learning about systemic racism and reflecting on actions we can take as individuals to build an equitable and just world. Each module contains foundational information, links to a variety of resources, and a set of reflection questions which can be completed individually or in small groups. It is our hope that this resource will serve as a useful tool for each of your journeys towards becoming advocates of racial justice, and that you find it makes meaningful impact on the way you interact in your academic, professional, and personal domains of everyday life. 

Historical Context

The Power of Community

Navigating Power and Privilege

Cultivating Empathy

Being an Ally, Advocate, and Accomplice

Additional Viewing and Reading

What to View

  • Selma
  • Just Mercy
  • The 13th
  • Get Out
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Malcolm X
  • Do the Right Thing
  • All Saints
  • Tyrus
  • The Farewell
  • Parasite
  • Better Luck Tomorrow
  • Support The Girls
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Blindspotting
  • Sorry To Bother Your
  • Amreeka
  • Snowpiercer
  • Real Women Have Curves
  • Tangerine
  • The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson
  • Minari
  • Sin Nombre
  • Knock Down the House
  • Dawnland
  • Resist (Docuseries)
  • Watchman (TV show)

What to Read

  • The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin
  • How We Get Free, edited by Keeanga-Yamahatta Taylor
  • The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Next American Revolution, by Grace Lee Boggs
  • Octavia's Brood, edited by adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha
  • This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein
  • Fatal Invention, by Dorothy Roberts
  • The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  • Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde
  • Parable Series, by Octavia Butler
  • We Too Sing America, by Deepa Iyer
  • The City We Became, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
  • The House of Spirits, by Isabelle Allende
  • The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy
  • Invisible Man, by Ralph Emerson
  • The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan
  • Night, by Elie Weisel
  • Kindred, by Octavia Butler
  • Stamped From the Beginning, by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Source of Self-Regard, by Toni Morrison


The Pace Center is grateful for partnership and support of the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality + Cultural Understanding, the High Meadows Environmental Institute, and Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. Thank you to the Office of the President and Office of the Vice President for Campus Life for their continued support of Princeton RISE. We are grateful to our community and campus partners, Princeton RISE fellows, and peer facilitators for their meaningful contributions and engagement. We also thank Julianna Revelo '23 for her work on program evaluation. 

The Pace Center would like to thank Catherine Yu '21 for curating this resource and reflection guide. Catherine was a Sustained Volunteering Fellow on the Pace Center's Student Development and Learning Team and previously served as an executive board member on the Student Volunteers Council (SVC). When asked about her experience working on the Princeton RISE resource, Catherine credited her vision for long-term impact as the primary catalyst for her work. She hopes that this resource will serve as an accessible, engaging tool for students to learn and adopt anti-racism in their everyday lives, and be a way for students to connect with others on the journey towards becoming lifelong allies of racial justice.