Sotomayor @ Princeton: "Uniform Treatment of All Candidates"
1:10 PM, May 26, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
After launching a public campaign to force Princeton University to hire faculty and administrators of "Puerto Rican or Chicano heritage," Sotomayor finally got her way. But she wasn't finished complaining. Despite being appointed to a student advisory board that would counsel the University on the hiring of a "minority dean," Sotomayor was ultimately unsatisfied by the appointment of Luis Garcia as Associate Dean of Student Affairs in September 1974. Sotomayor had a litany of complaints ranging from the manner in which the advisory board was selected to the manner in which the candidate was selected.
The Daily Princetonian bullet-pointed the complaints:
The same day, Sotomayor wrote another op-ed in the student paper explaining her frustration:
Ironically, the piece closes with this:
Does anyone dispute that Sotomayor has been the recipient of preferential treatment for most of her life? She played a role in the hiring of a dean at Princeton -- how many alums got that kind of treatment while they were undergraduates? According to the president, Sotomayor's background is now the very reason why she has been nominated to the Supreme Court. And Sotomayor ruled against uniform treatment of all candidates in the Ricci case, which is sure to be a focus of her confirmation hearings. So now that Sotomayor is the candidate, does she want to be treated like everyone else, or does she want special treatment?
Update: Links to the original articles taken down at the request of the Princeton University Library.