Princeton, Money & Me: Socioeconomic Diversity & the Orange Bubble

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019

On Wednesday, September 11 at 7:30pm, First-Year Students are invited to “Princeton, Money & Me: Socioeconomic Diversity and the Orange Bubble.”  This panel discussion features four alumni from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds who will speak on their experiences at Princeton, and beyond. 

About the Panelists:

Leslie-Bernard Joseph ‘06

Leslie Bernard-Joseph '06Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, Leslie is the CEO of Coney Island Prep, a public K-12 charter school serving over one thousand scholars across three campuses. Leslie began his career teaching fifth grade in the Bronx through Teach For America, and has also worked as an associate at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; as an associate at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company; and as a managing director at the Harlem Children’s Zone. Leslie received his A.B. in Politics and African-American Studies from Princeton, where he served as both student body and Black Student Union president. He holds a J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School, and an M.Ed. from Stanford Graduate School of Education. While at Stanford, Leslie was a 2013 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow.

Jared Lockwood ‘19

Jared Lockwood photoJared grew up on a small farm in rural Missouri where he and his family built the house in which they live. Initially a Chemistry concentrator, he switched to International Relations and Japanese language in his third year. Jared served as an RCA in Rockefeller College, a Head Fellow for the SIFP, President of the Quiz Bowl Club, and Outreach Chair for the Quadrangle Club. A Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI) fellowship recipient, he is beginning his Master’s Degree in Public Affairs through the Woodrow Wilson School this fall, and will graduate with the Class of 2023 after completing his coursework and two years of service in the federal government.

Taylor Pearson ‘18

Taylor Pearson PhotoWhile at Princeton, Taylor concentrated in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, with a focus in Race, Ethnicity, and Discrimination. She also earned a certificate in African American Studies. On campus, she was actively involved in the Princeton Association of Black Women and the Princeton Perspective Project. In addition, she served as a Global Ambassador for the Office of International Programs after spending a summer in Aix-en-Provence, France and a semester in Paris, France. Taylor currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and works at MSNBC.

Simon Wu ‘17

Simon Wu PhotoSimon is a curator and writer based in Brooklyn. He currently works in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, and was previously a 2018-19 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art and a Public Programs and Education Fellow at the Brooklyn Museum. At Princeton, he majored in Art History with a Certificate in Studio Art. He was an RCA for Forbes College, active in USG and the Pace Center, and danced for Princeton Bhangra.


This program is a part a series of events supporting the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE).  Events are scheduled continue throughout the semester.

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