Greenhill Junior Honored With Princeton Prize in Race Relations
Junior Ashley Shan was one of 30 students to be selected as a winner of the 2021 Princeton Prize in Race Relations, which honors exceptional high school students who have engaged and challenged their communities to advance racial equity and promote respect and understanding among all.
In 2018, Shan established Holding Hands - a nonprofit that aims to address the multifaceted issue of educational inequity, designing projects that serve disadvantaged students at several educational levels. Shan rallied students to design inclusive courses and curriculum, such as Asian American history, Civil Rights within America, LGBTQ+ history, and more, to be implemented in school districts around the nation, or setting up mentorship programs with college students for high schoolers that are planning on pursuing higher education. One of the main goals of Holding Hands is to eliminate the racial inequities that continue to refuse certain individuals a voice. In addition to her work, Shan is also a leader on the Dallas Youth Commission where she designs summits like the MLK Jr. Youth Summit.
The Princeton Prize in Race Relations has honored more than 1,600 high school students who have worked to advance racial equity in their communities. Each of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations recipients receives an award of $1,000 and is invited to participate in a Symposium on Race, which will be held virtually this year in June 2021. During the symposium, recipients will have the opportunity to meet and learn from other Princeton Prize recipients from across the country and to speak with others engaged in racial justice work and scholarship. Prize recipients and Certificate of Accomplishment recipients are also recognized at ceremonies in their home regions by local Princeton alumni.