Princeton University Neurodiversity Collective

What is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is an acknowledgement of the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning. Put simply, it is the reality of the diversity of human minds. In PUNC, we conceive of neurodiversity as a natural and valuable form of human diversity and propose that there is no single “normal” or “correct” style of neurocognitive functioning.

The “neurodiversity movement” is a social justice movement that seeks civil rights, equality, respect and societal inclusion for people who identify as neurodivergent.

What is Neurodivergent?

Identifying as neurodivergent means having a mind that functions in ways that diverge significantly from dominant societal standards of "normal" (examples: autism, ADHD, dyslexia, mood and anxiety disorders). This is in contrast to identifying as neurotypical, which falls within prevailing boundaries of normativity.

Mission

The Princeton University Neurodiversity Collective (PUNC) empowers Princeton’s self-identifying neurodivergent students, faculty, post-docs, and staff by building supportive communities, advocating for positive visibility and inclusion, and equipping the neurodiverse community with tools for professional and personal success. 

We strive to acknowledge and rectify persistent ableist inequalities and to increase awareness of Princeton's neurodiverse population. PUNC welcomes and celebrates all cognitive identities with or without a specific diagnosis. This group is peer-led.

What We Do

  • PUNC Together: Monthly meetings to cultivate community through informal socializing
    • Thurs 9/22, 4-5 pm - Frist 330
    • Thurs 10/13, 4-5 pm - Frist 330
    • Wed 11/16, 4-5 pm - Frist 330
    • Wed 12/14, 4-5 pm - Frist 330
  • PUNC Advocates: Our work to educate and advocate across our institution
  • Past Events
    • WinterSession 2022 - Neurodiversity in the Academy Workshop and Panel

Want to Get Involved?

Let us know you are interested via this interest form.