Please join us for Chicago’s 19th Annual Princeton Prize in Race Relations (PPRR) Award Ceremony and Reception, as we recognize and reward high school students who, through their volunteer activities, have undertaken significant efforts to advance racial equity and understanding in their schools and communities.

PPRR operates through 28 Regional Committees and an at-large committee that accepts applications from students who live outside the geographic boundaries of the existing regions. PPRR is run by over 400 Princeton alumni volunteers, all dedicated to an inclusive and supportive society, who feel that it is critical to this nation to address issues of racial inequity and develop better racial understanding. Prize recipients receive an award of $1,000 and are invited to participate in a Symposium on Race at Princeton University, where they will meet and engage with other Prize recipients from across the country.

Our guest speaker will be Manuel “Manny” Perez '11, Former Deputy Mayor of Intergovernmental Affairs, City of Chicago.


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Monday, April 1, 2024
5:00 - 8:00 pm
(reception at 5:00 pm; program at 5:30 pm)
Northern Trust
Miami Conference Room, Global Conference Center
50 S LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60603 
There is no charge for this event, thanks to the generosity of our hosts - Jason Tyler '93 P22 P27 and Northern Trust!
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Manuel “Manny” Perez '11 is a Senior Vice President for Real Estate & Public Finance for Cabrera Capital Markets. He is the former Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Affairs for the City of Chicago, and has led a variety of campaigns at the local, state, and federal level, including Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García’s successful run for Congress in 2018. In Cook County government, Manuel has served as Special Assistant to the President of the County Board, Chief of Staff to the County Clerk, and Chief of Staff to then-Commissioner Garcia. Manny graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and resides in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.

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“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.” 
There is perhaps no greater challenge facing our country than increasing understanding and cooperation among people of different racial backgrounds.  It is a challenge that every new generation encounters.  We therefore believe that young people have a particularly important role to play, and hope, through the Princeton Prize, to recognize and encourage young people who have made or are making efforts to improve racial harmony. 
Princeton and its alumni recognize that the issue of race relations continues to be one of the most urgent and important challenges facing our country.  We have created this program to identify and commend young people who are working to increase understanding and mutual respect among all races.  Through the Princeton Prize we hope to encourage others to join in these or similar efforts and to undertake initiatives of their own. 

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