Thinking Forward Equity in Education

Forward Fest is a monthly online series that continues throughout A Year of Forward Thinking. The event features Princeton faculty and alumni exploring a range of forward-thinking topics. Sparking dialogue among the entire Princeton community — students, faculty, staff, alumni and other interested thinkers — Forward Fest explores, engages and develops bold thinking for the future.

Forward Fest is free and open to the public. The January Forward Fest focused on Equity in Education. Download a resource guide for more information on featured speakers and other Princeton forward thinkers, with links to books, articles, podcasts and more.

Forward Fest

Forward Fest Programming

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5:00 PM – 6:15 PM — Eastern Time

Thinking Forward Equity in Education

Princeton’s commitment to equity, access, and opportunity in education is a top strategic priority, and researchers in a variety of disciplines are investigating where K-12 and higher education systems need to improve and what interventions may be effective. Faculty members speak this month about this multidisciplinary work and how they are working inside classrooms and institutions to help us move toward a more equitable future for this generation and those who will follow.
Meet these Forward Thinkers
Jennifer Jennings
Jennifer L. Jennings ’00
Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and Director of the Education Research Section
Adam Kapor
Adam Kapor
Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs
Stacey Sinclair
Stacey A. Sinclair
Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs
Melissa Wu '99
Melissa Wu ’99
University Trustee; Chief Executive Officer of Education Pioneers; Forward Fest moderator

Upcoming Events

Nassau Hall tigers

Alumni Forward Thinkers on Resilience

network of lights

Alumni Forward Thinkers on Exploration


Thinking Forward Bioengineering

How can I participate in Forward Fest?

All Forward Fest programming will be live-streamed on this page and on the University’s YouTube channel. No registration or login information is required. If you want to engage in Q&A, submit your questions in advance to or in real-time in the chat on YouTube. And be sure to include #PrincetonForward in all your social posts to keep the conversation going!

But shouldn’t I register?

No registration or login information is required. However, you may RSVP to receive a resource guide and updates on future events.

If I miss the live event, will I be able to view the content later?

We hope you tune in with other forward thinkers to participate in Forward Fest in real time. However, if you miss it, you can view the full-length programs on demand on the University’s YouTube channel. (Just remember, you won’t be able to ask questions later.) 

Is captioning available?

Captioning (in English) will be available for all sessions.

Is the content from previous Forward Fests still available?

The recordings of previous Forward Fest sessions can be found on the University’s YouTube channel, and resource guides for previous Forward Fest events are available to download.

Will there be more Forward Fest programming?

Forward Fest will continue monthly. We will focus on Alumni Forward Thinkers (Saturday, February 20), Bioengineering (Thursday, March 18) and the Environment (Thursday, April 15). Additional program dates and themes will be announced.