Commentary: Difficult Conversations: Tactics For Engagement

Peter Colvin
Princeton Tory

Princeton prides itself on providing students exposure to a multitude of diverse views. Unfortunately, without intentional practice, aspirations remain but a dream. Many students feel their voices are stifled at this highly acclaimed institution. In one case, a friend of mine was unwilling to perform political research because she was afraid that the results may offend. She reported facing open disregard and even active harassment for her views. [G]iven the current administrative trajectory, students may face the fear of cancelation for years to come. Do we continue to cower, discussing our views only in echo chambers, silently waiting for social revolution? By no means! The Princeton that we desire, that we have worked so hard to attend, that we wish to stamp with our legacy upon can only exist if our voice fills the void.