Please join us for Chicago's 16th Annual Princeton Prize in Race Relations award ceremony as we recognize Chicagoland area high school students who have had a significant positive impact on race relations in their schools or communities.  During this virtual event, you will learn from and be inspired by three exceptional students.  Students will present their projects, participate in a panel discussion facilitated by Michelle Silverthorn '04, and answer your questions. RSVP no later than May 18 @ Midnight to receive the link to participate in this inspirational event!

Mission:  To identify and recognize high-school-age students who significantly engage and challenge their schools or communities to advance racial equity in order to promote respect and understanding among all people.
The Princeton Prize in Race Relations, a partnership between Princeton and its alumni, recognizes that racial equity and race relations are among the most urgent and important challenges facing our country.  The Princeton Prize identifies and honors young leaders who are working to advance racial equity and understanding in their communities.
The prize is awarded to high school students across the nation, with one winner selected by each of 28 regional alumni committees. Prize recipients receive a cash scholarship of $1,000 and participate in a symposium where they engage with the other prize winners from across the country (this year’s symposium will be held virtually). Regional committees also select certificate of recognition recipients and hold local celebrations. 
You can learn more about the Princeton Prize at
This year, our 16-member Chicago committee received and reviewed 31 exceptional applications from students throughout the region. We are pleased to honor our prize winner and two additional certificate of recognition winners in this virtual event.
Please scroll down to read more about the students and their projects.
Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora, IL
University High School, Normal, IL
Walter Payton College Prep, Chicago, IL
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom - a link will be e-mailed to all registered guests closer to the event date
Click here to Register!
Questions?  Contact PPRR Co-Chairs:
Edie Canter '80 at
Renee Perez '91 at

 Meet Our Chicago Regional Princeton Prize Awardees


pprr-2021-award---samantha-taylorSamantha Taylor, 2021 Princeton Prize Award Recipient

During her senior year, Samantha has been the President of the Black Student Union and Co-President of Peer Multicultural Educators at Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy. As president of these organizations, she led conversations and town halls on topics including colorism, police brutality, and racism in higher education. As Co-President of Peer Multicultural Educators, she founded Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy’s first annual diversity conference, Chasing Equity, where students from around the country were invited to learn about how they can make their campuses more equitable. She has also worked alongside the Great Lakes Equity Center to collect and analyze institutional data and equity policies to make her campus more inclusive. She is an activist who is passionate about social equity and advocacy and working to create a future that is representative and inclusive of everyone. Some of her favorite accomplishments include creating her own publication called Blackbox that celebrates and shares Black culture and the Black experience, having a feature segment on NBC News as a young activist, spending Tuesday afternoons teaching public policy/activism to underclassmen, and speaking alongside Dr. Angela Davis in a fireside chat. She will be continuing her education this fall at the University of Chicago with a full ride to study Economics and Public Policy on the pre-law track. 

pprr-2021-cr---yvin-shinYvin Shin, 2021 Princeton Prize Certificate of Recognition

Yvin is a Korean-American high school senior currently attending University High School in Normal, Illinois. She serves on the leadership team for Not in Our School (NIOS), is the President of her school's Student Diversity Committee (SDC) and sits on the committee for the local immigrant advocacy organization BN Welcoming. As a NIOS leader, she pioneered the usage of Restorative Circles to address tensions over the 2020 presidential election, hosted rallies and vigils for the Black Lives Matter movement and the AAPI community, and designed an initiative funding teachers seeking more inclusive resources for their classrooms. Her other extracurriculars include being her speech team's Public Address Chair, President of the National Honor Society, and Student Senator, as well as debating and playing the cello. She has committed to studying at Columbia University in the City of New York, studying Political Science with a focus on International Relations and Neuroscience. She hopes to continue her advocacy work, design international trade or healthcare policy, or conduct research for independent think tanks.

pprr-2021---leslie-walker---certificateLeslie Walker, 2021 Princeton Prize Certificate of Recognition

Leslie is a junior at Walter Payton College Prep, a Chicago Public School. Leslie has led efforts in her school to create a powerful partnership between the Black Student Union and the Latin American Coalition. She led efforts of the two groups to write and publicize a letter of solidarity to unify Black and Brown communities amid the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor protests. The letter was sent to nearly 100 school principals, student groups and media outlets throughout Chicago to demonstrate the importance of solidarity among BIPOC groups. Leslie also led the organizations in preparing and disseminating a guide to creating anti-racist curricula that are inclusive of BIPOC students’ experiences. Through clubs, outreach, and university partnerships, Leslie has focused on creating supportive spaces for Black students in her school and throughout CPS. She is particularly interested in identifying inequitable systems that displace BIPOC individuals and working towards solutions to these inequities. Leslie loves meeting people drastically different from herself and learning about their cultures and experiences. Her passion for healthcare and uplifting underserved communities has cultivated her dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon and human physiologist.

michelle-silverthorn--04---1Michelle Silverthorn '04, Moderator

Michelle Silverthorn is an expert on workplace diversity and cultural change, the author of Authentic Diversity, and a
sought-after speaker who leaves audiences equipped with tools for allyship, inclusion, antiracism and equity.