The University community welcomed this year's cohort of Bridge Year volunteers -- incoming students who have deferred their freshman year to engage in public service projects abroad. Princeton faculty, staff, alumni benefactors, and former Bridge Year participants wished these new Princetonians well as they prepared to embark on their journeys.
Two projects designed by Princeton students to help make the world a better place have been awarded $10,000 by Davis Projects for Peace. Kyle Berlin ’18 plans to break down political divides through storytelling, and Lydia Watt ’18, Alice Vinogradsky ’20, Amanda Cheng ’20 and Kabbas Azhar ’18 will help bring clean drinking water to communities in Guyana.
The John C. Bogle ’51 Fellows in Civic Service Program was established in honor of John C. Bogle ’51, founder of the Vanguard Mutual Fund Group, and one of the founding supporters of Princeton’s Pace Center for Civic Engagement. Mr. Bogle recently met with the first group of Bogle Fellows and heard about their summer service projects. In this short video, we spoke with four of the fellows about their experiences.
Service, and the concept of giving back, are integral to the Princeton experience. In the University's informal motto, “In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity," service extends to creating new knowledge and opportunity—from research to entrepreneurship—as well as civic engagement. Princeton alumni bring the motto to life with their service to Princeton.
The Pace Center for Civic Engagement celebrated 15 years of making service part of the Princeton experience with a gathering on March 24. The event featured remarks from Burton Malkiel, the Chemical Bank Chairman's Professor of Economics Emeritus who was instrumental in establishing the center, John C. Bogle ’51, one of its founding supporters, Reverend Karen Hernandez-Granzen of the Westminster Community Life Center in Trenton, Pace Center Executive Director Kimberly de los Santos, and students.
Azza Cohen ’16 spent the 2011-2012 academic year in India as part of the University’s Bridge Year program, which allows incoming freshmen to defer their arrival on campus for one year to immerse themselves in another culture, hone language skills, and be of service to the local community. Azza shares the lessons she learned from her year in India.
As a rising sophomore, Tumise Asebiomo ’16 co-led a group of 11 incoming freshmen on a weeklong trip to learn about the criminal justice systems in Trenton and New York City. They toured a prison, visited inmate reentry programs, and met with district attorneys and advocates for prisoners’ rights. They left with a deeper understanding of the impact crime and punishment have on communities, and how they might be able to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by it.
A gift from investor John C. Bogle Jr. and his wife, Lynn Bogle, has established a program that encourages Princeton University students to design and engage in service or civic-engagement-related summer internships and projects and connect those experiences to their academic work and career interests.
Two teams of Princeton University students will spend the summer introducing chamber music to young people in New York City and bringing together budding entrepreneurs in the Philippines, thanks to $10,000 grants from the Projects for Peace initiative. The program, which supports new and creative ideas for promoting peace around the world, funded 127 proposals this year.