Dinner with 12 Tigers featuring Dan-el Padilla Peralta ’06
Alum guest: Prof. Dan-el Padilla Peralta ’06
Dinner with 12 Tigers is a series of dinners that bring together current students and alumni of similarly underrepresented backgrounds (race, culture, first-generation, and/or low socioeconomic status). Each dinner features an alum who shares their personal reflections about their experience on campus, discuss the transition from college to career, and offer advice on various professional development topics. Space is limited and RSVPs are required.
Speaker bio: Dan-el Padilla Peralta ’06 came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic at the age of four. He and his family grew up undocumented in New York City and experienced periods of homelessness.
Obsessed from an early age with the ancient Greeks and Romans, Dan-el was fortunate to end up at Princeton, where he won the Freshman First Honor Prize and graduated as the Latin salutatorian (AB summa cum laude in Classics, Woodrow Wilson School certificate). On campus he was an Academic Peer Adviser at Rocky and a member of Terrace Club; he also co-hosted “The Professor Show” on WPRB radio and sat on the board of Acción Latina. In the spring of his senior year, Dan-el was the subject of a Wall Street Journal profile that made his undocumented status public knowledge.
With the support of the Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship, Dan-el went on to obtain a MPhil in Greek and Roman History from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University. After a postdoctoral stint at Columbia University, Dan-el is now an assistant professor in Princeton’s Classics Department and is affiliated with the university’s Program in Latino Studies. His memoir Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from Homeless Shelter to Ivy League, received an Alex Award from the American Library Association.