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should recognize Wilson’s legacy, including placement of a permanent “marker” on the WWS plaza. T he tr ustee commit tee acknowledged widespread concer ns about Wilson’s views on race and noted in its report “particular concern” about “the position he took as Princeton University president to prevent the enrollment of black students and the policies he instituted as U.S. president that resulted in the re-segregation of the federal civil service.” The committee declined to rename the WWS or the Wilson residential college, but called for “transparency in recognizing Wilson’s failings and shortcomings” and noted “larger concerns

about the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity.” Hood, who was selected by a Universit y com mittee after a competition in which eight different firms presented proposals, has convened focus groups of students, faculty, staff, and alumni as well as members from the Campus iconography Committee over the past two years to inform his thinking about the content and imagery on the Double Consciousness sculpture. Cr e at i v e d i r e c tor a n d founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, Calif., Hood is a professor at the Universit y of Califor nia, Berkeley and was a recipient of the 2017 Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award. Speaking in his TED Talk about the dangers of trying

to narrow things down to one set of identities, Hood stated, “We can allow two things to be unresolved. I want to live in a world where there’s an ambiguity between two things, because that ambiguity allows us to have a conversation. When things are clear and defined, we forget.” —Donald Gilpin

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