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Alexandra Williams '24 Awarded Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Alexandra Williams '24 Awarded Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Notre Dame is proud to announce senior Alexandra “Allie” Williams is the recipient of the 2024 Princeton Prize in Race Relations (PPRR). Allie received the prestigious award at the Central and Southern New Jersey Committee 2024 Awards Ceremony on April 18. The award is given to high school students who, through action and service, have demonstrated leadership in advancing racial equity, promoting racial understanding, or eliminating racial bias and prejudice in their schools and communities.

Allie is a four-year member and two-year co-president of the ND SHADES whose membership includes over 100 students. She is also a member of student government, using both these positions as platforms to advocate for diversity initiatives. “My leadership roles in both SHADES and student government allows me to plan and execute many agendas and community service projects,” Allie shared. 

The summer before senior year, Allie wrote two proposals to school administration. Her first proposal advocated for adding AP African American Studies to the course curriculum, arguing that its addition would help to foster a more inclusive and informed school environment. In her second proposal, Allie urged the administration to expand the school’s counseling programs to include more outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), diversification of the school’s faculty, and the inclusion of students of color on the Diversity Committee of the Board. Both proposals are under consideration by ND’s leadership.
 
In addition to the PPRR award, this past yeat Allie attended the Bank of America Black Professional Groups Regional Symposium as well as the United States Youth Senate Program. She is a three-time winner of the Fight to End Jim Crow Campaign and has spoken at numerous anti-racism events.

Mrs. Mary Ellsworth, ND Faculty member and SHADES Club Moderator, who sponsored Allie for the award, stated, “Allie has dedicated a great deal of time and effort over her four years at ND… fostering an environment of belonging and making the school a more inclusive place. I am proud and privileged to work with her and learn from her every day.”

“I believe as an individual I must advocate for the underrepresented; it is clear that advocating is what needs to continue to happen,” said Allie. We are very proud of the work she has done while at Notre Dame. Allie will begin her college career at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia in the fall.
 

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