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To Spring Break, that is...NOT to the end of the term. We've noticed that most of our instructors are not taking Spring Break off this year, so we salute your commitment to your students, but we also hope you'll get some well-deserved time away from teaching at some point soon :) On to the news of the week!

OFFICE HOURS FOR THE WEEK OF FEB. 13
Here are our instructor support office hours for February 13-17:
  • Wednesday, March 1, 12-1pm (PTI Office): Hosted by Jannette Carey
  • Thursday, Feb. 24, 1-3pm (Peyton 106): Hosted by Jill Knapp (also available by appointment or through email at gk@astro.princeton.edu)
Additionally, Tara is in the PTI office Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 6pm, and you are always welcome to contact members of our Leadership Team.

JOIN THE DAY OF ACTION!
On Monday, March 6, the Citizen Scientists group on campus is sponsoring a Day of Action that features more than 50 teach-in activities during the course of the day. PTI has proposed a session in the impact of higher education mass incarceration, and we could certainly use a hand in making that happen! If you're interested in assisting, please email Tara at tronda@princeton.edu or Jenny at jgreene@astro.princeton.edu.

ATTENTION GRADUATE STUDENTS - VOTE ON THIS IMPORTANT REFERENDUM!
As many of you already know, this week the University's graduate student community will vote in its graduate student government (GSG) elections. As a part of that ballot — which will be emailed to all graduate students on February 23 — there will be a referendum on whether graduate students support Princeton University Investment Company's (PRINCO) divestment from any private prison industry investments in the university endowment
 
The vote will run from Feb 23 - March 1. Princeton SPEAR, the Students for Prison Education and Reform, supports a "yes" vote on the referendum (yes = the university should divest from any private incarceration industry holdings). It is a non-binding vote, of course; however, the outcome of the referendum will form an important part of the longer-term case being made in favor of divestment. Should you like to learn more, I've attached an informational overview as well as the specific language of the referendum. 
 
If you're interested, please feel free to edit and share the email below with any graduate students or student groups to encourage them to vote. You may see physical fliers around campus advertising the referendum. Should you have further questions (or wish to put up fliers in your area of campus housing, your department, etc) please let me know. 
 
Thank you very much,
Alex 
(on behalf of SPEAR)

For more information, please see the Private Prison Divestment Overview and the Proposed GSG Referendum Language.

HIGHLIGHTING A PTI ALUM: Jessica Wright
If you didn't have the chance to meet Jess before she left Princeton with that oh-so-elusive PhD last year, you really missed someone special. But she's still at work against the injustice of mass incarceration. Check out her latest publications: And if you're in touch with any other PTI alums, please let us know what they're up to! We'd love to advertise their work.

McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning Event
On Wednesday, March 29, from 4:30 to 6pm in the Carl Fields Center, the McGraw Center is hosting an event as part of the Inclusive Teaching at Princeton series called "Identity and Authority in an Inclusive Classroom." Find out more HERE.

AROUND THE INTERWEBS IN 80 SECONDS
  • TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, originally piloted in 1997 with the Philadelphia Prison System and Temple University, is conducting 2 faculty training intensives this summer in the region. Find out more HERE.
  • EVENT: Community Scholars Lecture - Voices from Inside America's Mass System of Punishment @ Columbia University (Low Library), March 7, 6:30-9pm. Rev. Vivian Nixon, E.D. of College & Community Fellowships and Columbia University Community Scholar, will be speaking! RSVP HERE.
CONTRIBUTE YOUR IDEAS!
I hope PTI Matters will continue to grow and be ever more useful to our teachers and friends. Please feel free to email your news blurbs and other suggestions to tronda@princeton.edu so we can highlight them here!
Today is National Tortilla Chip Day! I don't really have any commentary about this one...other than to say that I thoroughly agree this should be a national holiday.
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