Cohorts

Students from the Political Polarization Cohort have a friendly discussion with Faculty Mentor Miguel Centeno on the steps of a building

ADVOCACY & POLICY

Faculty Mentor

Heather Howard is a Lecturer in Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Health and Wellbeing; her courses have touched on topics from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, state and local health policy, public health and politics, and the social determinants of health. She also serves as director of State Health and Value Strategies, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded program that provides technical assistance to support state efforts to enhance the value of health care by improving population health and reforming the delivery of health care services. She served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Health and Senior Services from 2008-2010, overseeing a cabinet-level agency with a budget of $3.5 billion and staff of 1,700 responsible for public health services, regulation of health care institutions, senior services, and health care policy and research. Previously, Howard served as Governor Jon Corzine’s Chief Policy Counsel, directing his policy agenda. She also has significant federal experience, having worked as Senator Corzine’s Chief of Staff, as Associate Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and Senior Policy Advisor for First Lady Hillary Clinton, as an Honors Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division Health Care Task Force, and for the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2018, Howard served on New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s transition team and was appointed by Governor Murphy to the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium. Prof. Howard also served as a Service Focus faculty mentor in 2018-19.

Cohort Description

Political polarization in the United States has escalated in recent years, creating challenges for progress on a number of policy fronts -- public health and healthcare policies are particularly contested. Among the many pressing health issues facing the United States, gun violence remains a particularly thorny issue -- it is a leading cause of premature death and injury, but is particularly difficult to address. This cohort will meet over dinner to examine questions such as the following: 

• What insights can we gain from examining gun violence as a case study in polarization? What are ways to generate bipartisan dialogue and action, and overcome political paralysis? 

• How can each of us as citizens exercise our influence and make our voice heard as constituents? What skills should we develop, and how can we acquire and practice these? 

• What are ways to enhance communication and dialogue among researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders in the community on complex topics such as gun violence? 

• What does research suggest about key drivers and determinants of gun violence in the United States? 

Students

Leyla Arcasoy ’22

resizeleylaLeyla Arcasoy ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. She will be located in New York working with health organizations to create an accessible curriculum for New York City teenagers on cancer care, screening, and prevention. 

Max Chan ’22

resizemaxMax Chan ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. He will be located in Shanghai and Beijing working with Abbott Laboratories on policies and programs to increase access to treatment for diabetics. 

Hifsa Chaudry ’22

hifsaHifsa Chaudry ’22 is supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and is working on campus as a Community Action (CA) Fellow. CA provides a week-long, immersive introduction to meaningful service and community building for incoming first-years at Princeton. 

Jen No ’22

jenJen No ’22 is supported by Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS). She will be located in Princeton, NJ working to develop STEM curricula with the Princeton Blairstown Center, which provides educational opportunities for underserved youth in a nature-filled environment.

Claire Silberman ’22

clairesClaire Silberman ’22 is supported by Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) and Service Focus. She will be located in NYC working on housing advocacy through the Supportive Housing Network.

Valeria Torres-Olivares ’22

valeriaValeria Torres-Olivares ’22 is supported by Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) and Service Focus. She will be located in Washington, DC working at the office of U.S. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-D).

Adam Wickham ’22

adamAdam Wickham ’22 is supported by the International Internship Program. He will be located in Moscow, Russia with the Russian International Affairs Council, supporting their work on diplomacy, conflict resolution, and cross-cultural engagement.

Emma Treadway ’22

emmatEmma Treadway ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. She will be located in Cincinnati, OH working with a local city council member, with a particular focus on connecting policymakers and constituents.

Ashwin Mahadevan ’22

ashwinAshwin Mahadevan ’22 is supported by the International Internship Program. He will be located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia working with the People Improvement Organization, a nonprofit organization focused on rebuilding Cambodia’s educational infrastructure and providing impoverished urban youth with educational opportunities. 

Naomi Hess '22

Naomi Hess was supported by Service Focus. She was located in Washington, DC working on advocacy for marginalized groups, with a specific focus on disability rights.


 

BRIDGING THEORY & PRACTICE IN SERVICE

Faculty Mentor

Benjamin Morison is a professor of philosophy at Princeton University. His undergraduate and graduate training were at Oxford University, where he studied with Jonathan Barnes and Michael Frede. He taught at the University of Geneva before returning to Oxford in 1997 as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, and subsequently Michael Cohen Fellow in Philosophy at Exeter College. He arrived at Princeton in 2009, and has directed the Interdisciplinary Program in Classical Philosophy since 2014. He has held visiting positions at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Renmin University in Beijing, and the Sorbonne Paris-IV. His publications include "On Location: Aristotle’s Concept of Place" (OUP, 2002), contributions to the Cambridge Companion to Galen, the Stanford Encyclopedia entry on Sextus Empiricus, and numerous papers on Aristotle. He is co-editing with Hendrik Lorenz the Symposium Aristotelicum volume on "Eudemian Ethics book II". He works primarily on logic, epistemology, physics, and geometry in the ancient world. Professor Morison was also a member of the University Service and Civic Engagement (SACE) Task Force from 2015-16 and the SACE Steering Committee from 2016-17, and is actively engaged as a lecturer with the Prison Teaching Initiative.

Cohort Description

Experiential education, in which students actively engage with work beyond the classroom, has been increasingly emphasized in both primary and higher education and hailed as an approach which can lead to more profound academic learning, greater critical and interdisciplinary thinking, and ability to apply knowledge in complex real-world situations. How can we best realize this potential for enhanced learning? This cohort will meet over Monday dinners to consider the fundamental epistemological questions surrounding the idea of experiential education and learning through service, including: 

• What sorts of reflection on service experiences can help put it in the appropriate context? 

• Is there an unbridgeable divide between experiential learning and classroom learning? 

• How exactly can practical experience be regarded as a learning experience? What knowledge is produced, and how? How can that knowledge be translated back to practice and community impact? 

• How can we better identify and navigate the tensions and trade-offs that are inherent to learning through service? 

• What are ways of capturing and communicating learning outcomes and benefits? 

Students

Emma Moriarty ’22

moriartyEmma Moriarty ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. She will be located in Phoenix, AZ and Kailua, HI; working with Hale Kipa's sex abuse and sex trafficking survivor rehabilitation center, Emma will conduct research and also support with communications and outreach.

Fernanda Romo Herrera Ibarrola ’22

fernandaFernanda Romo Herrera Ibarrola ’22 is supported by the International Internship Program. She will be located in Buenos Aires, Argentina working on democracy, equality and anti corruption with Asociacion Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia.

Jamie Rosen ’22

jamieJamie Rosen ’22 is supported by the Center for Jewish Life. She will be located in Princeton, NJ working on programming for the local Jewish community within the Princeton campus. 

Avi Siegal ’22

aviAvi Siegal ’22 is supported by the Center for Jewish Life. He will be working in Paris, France with the Aladdin Project, an international NGO that works to promote mutual understanding between people of different faiths and cultures, with a special focus on Jews and Muslims, intercultural dialogue, and Holocaust education. 

Rebecca Chelli ’22

rebeccaRebecca Chelli ’22 is supported by Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) and Service Focus. She will be working at Legal Services of New Jersey in Edison, which is an organization dedicated to providing free legal information and services to low income clients concerning civil legal matters.

Eric Chen ’22

ericchenEric Chen ’22 is supported by Princeton in Asia (PiA) and Service Focus, and will be teaching an immersion English program to college students in Jishou, China. This town is in a remote area of Hunan province populated by Tujia and Miao, which are ethnic minority groups. Eric will assist in improving educational resources for these underserved minority students. 

Frelicia Tucker ’22

freliciaFrelicia Tucker ’22 is supported by Princeton in Asia (PiA) and Service Focus, and will be teaching an immersion English program to college students in Jishou, China. This town is in a remote area of Hunan province populated by Tujia and Miao, which are ethnic minority groups. Frelicia will assist in improving educational resources for these underserved minority students.

Priya Vulchi ’22

priyaPriya Vulchi ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. She will be located in Puerto Rico to further the work of her non-profit, CHOOSE. Priya's work will pair interviews with residents on race and identity with systematic research on racial disparities, and aims to spark public conversation on the U.S.’s fraught history with its territories and what it means to be 'American.' 

Allen Delgado ’22

allenAllen Delgado ’22 is supported by Princeton in Asia (PiA) and Service Focus, and will be teaching an immersion English program to college students in Jishou, China. This town is in a remote area of Hunan province populated by Tujia and Miao, which are ethnic minority groups. Allen will assist in improving educational resources for these underserved minority students.


 

DEMOCRACY & REPRESENTATION

Faculty Mentor

Sam Wang is a professor of neuroscience at Princeton University. In his biophysics and neuroscience research, he uses probability and statistics to analyze complex experimental data, and has published over eighty papers using these approaches. His research program concerns how the brain learns from experience in adulthood and development, with a special emphasis on autism. He is also the author of two popular books, the prizewinning Welcome To Your Brain, and a second book on child brain and mental development, Welcome To Your Child’s Brain, which have been translated into over 20 languages. In 2015 Sam Wang was appointed to the New Jersey Governor’s Council on the Medical Research and Treatment of Autism by Governor Chris Christie. Outside of his groundbreaking research in neuroscience, Prof. Wang is also noted for pioneering the use of statistical methods to aggregate U.S. presidential election polls. His research has been featured by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio. His blog, the Princeton Election Consortium, has recorded over five million visits. Prof. Wang also co-hosts a Princeton University-sponsored podcast, Politics and Polls, with Professor Julian Zelizer. He is also founder of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, a nonpartisan project that uses law and statistics to understand and prevent partisan abuse of redistricting. His proposed standards were published in the Stanford Law Review, and have been recognized by Common Cause.

Cohort Description

Ensuring fair representation is critical to a vibrant democracy, but remains a challenge for the United States. Gerrymandering, or the manipulation of electoral district boundaries to establish a political advantage, is widely recognized as a practice that fundamentally undermines democracy. We are currently in a critical moment as in 2021, state governments will start to draw new Congressional and state legislative districts. This cohort will meet over Wednesday dinners to examine questions such as the following: 

• How can we gauge whether electoral district maps allow for fair representation? And how can we better ensure fair redistricting and allow citizens’ views and interests to be properly represented in our democratic processes? 

• What are ways to enhance communication and dialogue among researchers, legislators, and stakeholders in the community on redistricting? In particular, what are ways to engage marginalized communities in conversations on redistricting? 

• How can we best leverage technology, from data visualization to digital media, to support fair redistricting advocacy and reform efforts? 

Students

Harshini Abbaraju ’22

harshiniHarshini Abbaraju ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. She will be located in Des Moines, Iowa working on community organizing and political access with the Asian & Latino Coalition Political Action Committee.

Roshini Balasubramanian ’22

roshiniRoshini Balasubramanian ’22 is supported by Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS). She will be working at the Children's National Medical Center Pediatric Health Network in Washington, DC, conducting data analyses aimed at improving the quality of patient care.

Christine Cho ’22

christineChristine Cho ’22 is supported by the Princeton Environmental Institute. She will be located in Zurich, Switzerland; her research at Zurich University will use data science to investigate links between air travel and infectious disease transmission. 

Carrie Li ’22

carrieCarrie Li ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. She will be located in Washington, DC working with 270 Strategies, a company that matches grassroots organizing to candidates and causes nationwide to build strong campaigns. 

Derek Li ’22

derekliDerek Li  ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. He will be located in Los Angeles, CA, working on community outreach and developing training curricula with APIs Mobilize, a non- profit that provides professional training and political opportunities for high-school students.

Ashley Morales ’22

ashleyAshley Morales ’22 is supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and is working on campus as a Community Action (CA) Fellow. CA provides a week-long, immersive introduction to meaningful service and community building for incoming first-years at Princeton.

Emily Philippides ’22

emilypEmily Philippides ’22 is supported by the Princeton Varsity Club and Service Focus. She will be located outside Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with Coach for College, providing teaching and coaching to assist their mission of promoting higher education through sports.

Zach Sippy ’22

zachZach Sippy ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. He will be located in Minneapolis, MN working in partnership with Carleton College's Religious Diversity in Minnesota Initiative. This program documents the stories and histories of varying religious communities in Minnesota, with the aim of promoting tolerance and understanding. Zach's project will focus on exploring the relationship between the Jewish and the Somali Muslim communities in Minneapolis.

Grace Wang '22

 

EDUCATION & ACCESS

Faculty Mentor

Jennifer Jennings (Princeton ’00) is a professor of sociology and a Woodrow Wilson School Faculty Associate at Princeton University. She studies the effects of accountability systems on race, gender, and socioeconomic inequality, teacher and school effects on cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes, the effect of non-cognitive skills on academic achievement and attainment, school choice, and gender gaps in educational outcomes. Her research appears in the American Sociological Review, Sociology of Education, and Social Science Research, among others. She is currently writing a book, Why Schools Matter: The Impact of Schools on Children’s Life Chances, co-authored with David Deming and Christopher Jencks. She has recently launched (with collaborators Sarah Cohodes, Sean Corcoran, and Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj), a new randomized intervention study funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, which will investigate the impact of providing NYC middle-school students with informational resources and supports to help them make informed high school choices. Jennings was previously associate professor of sociology at NYU, where in 2015 she was honored with a Golden Dozen Undergraduate Teaching Award. Prof. Jennings served as a Service Focus faculty mentor in 2018-19. 

Cohort Description

Education is often considered a crucial gateway to opportunity as well as an engine of societal progress. Yet, education in the United States is highly unequal -- in recent years, disparities in access and outcomes have persisted or grown across many dimensions such as race, gender, and socioeconomic status. This cohort will meet over dinner to examine questions such as the following: 

• What are the structures and systems that drive educational disparities in the United States? 

• What are practices and policies that can reduce educational disparities? 

• What are ways to enhance communication and dialogue among researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders in the community on educational disparities? 

Students

Leila Abou-Jaoude ’22

leilaLeila Abou-Jaoude ’22 is supported by the Program for Community Engaged Scholarship and Service Focus. She will be located in Princeton, NJ. As an education and engagement intern at McCarter Theater, Leila will assist programming and outreach for a youth theater camp. 

Paola De La Cruz ’22

paolaPaola De La Cruz ’22 is supported by Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS). She will be located in Newark, NJ working at the Link Community Charter School, a free public charter school. Paola will serve as the Summer Academy Assistant Coordinator and will help to plan and implement components of the summer program. 

Gabriella Carter ’22

gabbyGabriella Carter ’22 is supported by the International Internship Program. She will be located in Lima, Peru working on social entrepreneurship and education through the Emzingo Global Impact Fellows program. 

Hanying Jiang ’22

hanyingHanying Jiang ’22 is supported by the Princeton Summer Journalism Program. She will be organizing their ten day summer educational program in Princeton, NJ, which exposes low-income and high- achieving students to journalism as well as college preparation. 

Tammy Pham ’22

tammyTammy Pham ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. She will be located in San Jose, CA to develop college access programming for high school juniors and seniors in the KIPP San Jose Collegiate Charter School, which is dedicated to providing low-income, first- generation students with the skills they need to get to and through college. 

Emily Sanchez ’22

emilyEmily Sanchez ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. She will be located in Newark, NJ working on education access with NJ SEEDS, a non profit organization dedicated to helping low income high achieving students apply to college and independent schools.

Eric Tran ’22

erictranEric Tran ’22 is supported by the International Internship Program. He will be located in Hanoi, Vietnam teaching English to underserved youth with UBELONG. 

Helen So ’22

helenHelen So ’22 is supported by Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS). She will be located in San Francisco working at New Doors Ventures on job training and skill building for the homeless.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY & RESILIENCE

Faculty Mentor

Sigrid Adriaenssens is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, where she directs the Form-Finding Lab. Her research addresses how to transform the engineering design framework for a future-oriented built urban environment, with an emphasis on environmental sustainability and resilience. Prof. Adriaenssens previously worked as a project engineer for Jane Wernick Associates, London,UK and Ney + Partners, Brussels, Belgium, where her projects won (inter)national architectural and construction prizes. She has interests in the intersection of engineering and the arts and co-developed courses such as “Extraordinary Processes” and “Transformations: Engineering and the Arts,” which was co-taught in Fall 2015 with Professor Joe Scanlan, director of Princeton’s Program in Visual Arts. Along with Maria Garlock, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton, she co-leads the Princeton University Resilient City Lab, a project dedicated to examining complex and interrelated urban systems and how they respond to extreme events. On the Princeton campus, her research group has designed, researched, engineered and built the spiraling rammed earth wall at Forbes Garden. As a recipient of the Princeton Environmental Institute Climate and Urban Grand Challenges, she leads research projects dedicated to examining interrelated urban and social systems and how they respond to extreme events (such as storm surges) and pollution. Prof. Adriaenssens served as a Service Focus faculty mentor in 2018-19.

Cohort Description

Climate change has been called the defining issue of our time, and there is no doubt that we stand at a critical moment. The effects of climate change range from decreased food production to increased risk of natural disasters, and without concerted immediate action to mitigate these impacts, adaptation in the future will be even more challenging and costly. This cohort will meet biweekly over dinner to examine questions such as the following: 

• How are the effects of climate change manifesting? How do effects vary depending on socioeconomic, infrastructural, topographic, and built-environment factors? 

• How can cities and municipalities better prepare for the multi-dimensional effects of climate change, working towards both sustainability and environmental justice? 

• How can collaboration and communication among researchers, governments, and communities be enhanced for climate change-related action? 

Students

Ronnie Kilhonge ’22

ronnieRonnie Kilhonge ’22 is supported by The John C. Bogle Fellowship in Civic Service. He will be located in Nairobi, Kenya working with M-Kopa Solar, the leading company in solar panel installations in Kenya. Ronnie's data analytics work will support M-Kopa's efforts to offer microfinance products to their clients to help them acquire solar panels.

Ange Ndayishimiye ’22

angeAnge Ndayishimiye ’22 is supported by the International Internship Program. She will be located in Beijing, China working at the Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture; her research will assist with the development of ecological architecture suitable for low-resource rural regions in China.

Hannah To ’22

hannahHannah To ’22 is supported by the Princeton Environmental Institute. She will be located in Dover, NJ working with Lightning Energy, a renewable energy start-up that works on developing high energy density battery technologies as well as other technologies which decrease our energy dependency.

Ritvik Agnihotri ’22

ritvikRitvik Agnihotri ’22 is supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and is working on campus as a Community Action (CA) Fellow. CA provides a week-long, immersive introduction to meaningful service and community building for incoming first-years at Princeton.

Vincent Deluca ’22

vinnyVincent Deluca ’22 is supported by the Program for Community Engaged Scholarship and Service Focus. He will be working with Sustainable Princeton to research the effects of water runoff on local residents.

Maria Fleury ’22

fleuryMaria Fleury ’22 is supported by the Princeton Environmental Institute. She will spend most of her summer in Princeton, NJ working with Professor Elke Weber on behavioral science research to understand decision-making around sustainability. She will also spend time in Kuria West, Kenya with a Princeton Engineers without Borders team. 

Sydney Hughes ’22

sydneySydney Hughes ’22 is supported by the Princeton Environmental Institute. She will be located in Princeton, NJ working in the Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with Prof. Howard Stone; her research will focus on the movement of soil carbon. 

Joseph Prentice ’22

josephJoseph Prentice ’22 is supported by the Princeton Environmental Institute. He will be located in Cape Town, South Africa at the University of Cape Town; his research will focus on the impact of drug resistance on individual susceptibility to HIV infection and the risk of HIV transmission.

Claire Wayner ’22

clairewClaire Wayner ’22 is supported by Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) and Service Focus. She will be working at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, DC, researching policy and supporting communications related to their work on renewable energy. 


 

FARMING & THE FOOD SYSTEM

Faculty Mentor

Tessa Lowinske Desmond is an Associate Research Scholar in American Studies. She earned her PhD in Literary Studies (2014) and Master’s degree in Afro-American Studies (2005) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She arrived at Princeton in 2017 having most recently served as administrative director and lecturer for the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights at Harvard University where she helped to develop academic pathways, curriculum, and event series in Ethnic Studies. Her current research focuses on the history of farming in twentieth century America and migrant farm labor. She teaches courses on the American food system and on multiethnic American literature. An extension of her intellectual interests, Lowinske Desmond owns a six-acre farm near Princeton and is active in the local food movement. She has received awards for publicly engaged scholarship and outstanding service to students. She was also awarded the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders in Higher Education award, given by the American Association of Colleges and Universities to recognize scholars committed to academic and civic responsibility. Prof. Desmond served as a Service Focus faculty mentor in 2018-19. 

Cohort Description

Our food system encompasses everything from the production of our food to its consumption and everything in between. As such, it sits at the nexus of concerns about health, sustainability, politics, and economics. This cohort will meet to discuss questions and topics such as:

  • How can we better understand food systems through our academic studies (across a variety of disciplines)?

  • What are different models and approaches to the food system? What are the fundamental premises they are based on, and what problems do they attempt to address? What are relative benefits and drawbacks of these models and approaches?

  • What are the research approaches and methodologies that can be brought to bear on the food system? What are possible avenues for independent work in the junior and senior year in this area?

Students

Isaac Hart ’22

isaachIsaac Hart ’22 is supported by the Center for Jewish Life. He will be located in London, UK where he is working on intercultural dialogue in the Jewish community with the organization JW3. 

Roy Kim ’22

roykimRoy Kim ’22 is supported by the International Internship Program. He will be located in Kampala, Uganda working with TEXFAD, a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports small business innovation with a focus on utilizing local, sustainable resources such as banana fiber.

Maya Mishra ’22

mayaMaya Mishra ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. She will be conducting research with NASA in Washington, DC; working with NASA's Chief Health and Medical Officer, Dr. J.D. Polk, Maya will conduct research on the human body in microgravity, which benefits innovation in space medicine as well as our understanding of aging and stress. 

Noel Peng ’22

noelNoel Peng ’22 is supported by Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS). She will be located in New York, NY at the Museum on Chinese in America, a historical organization that illuminates the history of Chinese immigrants in the United States. Noel's work in the museum's education department will support their efforts to foster discussion about identity, race, immigration, and public policy.

Stav Bejerano ’22

stavStav Bejerano ’22 is supported by Service Focus. He will be participating in the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Global Seminar in Nanyuki, Kenya; his work will examine how film can advance understanding of conservation and sustainability, and how communities can use media to support their environmental activism. 

Germalysa Ferrer ’22

germalysaGermalysa Ferrer ’22 is supported by Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS). She will be located in Trenton, NJ and will work with Arm in Arm, a community organization that works to improve food access and stable housing. 

Lisa John ’22

lisajohnLisa John ’22 is supported by Princeton in Asia (PiA) and Service Focus, and will be teaching an immersion English program to college students in Jishou, China. This town is in a remote area of Hunan province populated by Tujia and Miao, which are ethnic minority groups. Lisa will assist in improving educational resources for these underserved minority students.

Patrick Huang ’22

patrickPatrick Huang ’22 is supported by Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS). He will be located in Redwing, MN working to promote college access for youth through Every Hand Joined. 

Melody Zheng '22

melodyMelody Zheng '22 is supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and will be working on campus as a Summer Fellowship Coordinator. She will be organizing activities and events for the Trenton Summer Fellowship, a pilot program designed to give Princeton students working in Princeton or Trenton over the summer an opportunity to engage more deeply with the city of Trenton. 

Gabriel Duguay ’22
 

gabGabriel Duguay ’22 is supported by Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) and Service Focus. He will be located in Montreal, Canada working with the Quebec-Labrador Foundation, which supports projects related to community-based conservation, preserving biodiversity, and promoting local cultural heritage. 


 

HEALTH & CARE

Faculty Mentor

João Biehl is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of anthropology and is a Woodrow Wilson School Faculty Associate at Princeton University. He is also the Co-Director of Princeton’s Global Health Program and of the newly created Brazil LAB (Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies). Biehl’s research and teaching interests center on medical and political anthropology, ethnography and critical theory, the social studies of science and technology, religion, global health, pharmaceuticals, and emergent forms of social mobilization. In recent years, Biehl authored the award-winning books Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment and Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival. He also co-edited the books When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health and Unfinished: The Anthropology of Becoming. Biehl received Princeton’s Presidential Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005 and Princeton’s Graduate Mentoring Award in 2012. Biehl’s current ethnographic research explores the judicialization of the right to health and of environmental conservation in Brazil. He is also concerned with radical ideas of futurity emerging in Latin America’s peripheries. Prof. Biehl was a member of the University Service and Civic Engagement (SACE) Task Force from 2015-16, and served as a Service Focus faculty mentor in 2018-19.

Cohort Description

‘Health’ and ‘care’ are words that we often use in daily speech as well as in research and policy — but that we do not always fully unpack to ourselves or each other. This cohort will meet over dinners to critically reflect on your personal and community service experiences of health and caregiving, and explore what it might mean to conceptualize health as human adaptation to changing environments and care as human presence. As we consider how biosocial and medical realities shape each other, we will delve into questions such as the following: 

• What are the social and medical implications of how we imagine ‘health’ and ‘care’? How do these concepts vary among patients and health practitioners and from community to community, and how are they intertwined with ideas of therapeutic efficacy and wellbeing? 

• How is healthcare organized and delivered and which values undergird it? Which structural factors and social markers impact healthcare access and health disparities? 

• How do vulnerable communities conceptualize illness and suffering and enact care? 

• How are ‘best practices’ in healthcare evaluated? Which kind of methodological toolkits can we assemble that will allow us to better identify people’s needs and create responsive and caring practices? 

Students

Abigail Drummond ’22

abbyAbigail Drummond ’22 is supported by the International Internship Program. She will be located in Johannesburg, South Africa working with Ibis Reproductive Health, a reproductive health clinic that aims to empower women through sexual education and resources. 

Nayef Kiame ’22

nayefNayef Kiame ’22 is supported by the International Internship Program. He will be located in Riobamba, Ecuador working with Partners of Andean Community Health (PACH). Nayef will support PACH's work on increasing healthcare access and delivery to underserved communities.

Mina Musthafa ’22

minaMina Musthafa ’22 is supported by Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS). She will be located in New York, NY working at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Mina will help to identify unstably housed patients with high utilization of medical care and emergency services and assist them in attaining better housing and advocating for medical respite. 

Grace Simmons ’22

gracesGrace Simmons ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. She will be located in Philadelphia, PA working with Dr. C. Alix Timko's laboratory at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; her research will explore clinical approaches to treating adolescent eating disorders.

Grace Xu ’22

gracexGrace Xu ’22 is supported by Princeton in Asia (PiA) and Service Focus, and will be teaching an immersion English program to college students in Jishou, China. This town is in a remote area of Hunan province populated by Tujia and Miao, which are ethnic minority groups. Grace will assist in improving educational resources for these underserved minority students.

Mary Davis ’22

marydMary Davis ’22 is supported by the International Internship Program. She will be located in Arusha, Tanzania working at the Levolosi Health Center, a clinic that provides primary and maternal/child healthcare for the local community. 

Zaynab Masood ’22

zaynabZaynab Masood ’22 is supported by the International Internship Program. She will be located in Hanoi, Vietnam working with the Morning Star Center, which provides early diagnosis, care and rehabilitation to mentally disabled children.

Nathnael Mengistie ’22

nathnaelNathnael Mengistie ’22 is supported by the University of Virginia, and will be investigating challenges in healthcare policy, global health and medicine.

Sandra Yang ’22

sandraSandra Yang ’22 is supported by the Center for Health and Wellbeing/Global Health Program. For her Health Grand Challenge internship in Memphis, Tennessee at the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Sandra will be researching pediatric obesity. 

Sarah Yashar-Gershman ’22

sarahSarah Yashar-Gershman ’22 is supported by the International Internship Program. She will be located in Riobamba, Ecuador working with Partners of Andean Community Health (PACH). Sarah will support PACH's work on increasing healthcare access and delivery to underserved communities. 

Ilya Yatsishin ’22

ilyaIlya Yatsishin ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. He will be located in Los Angeles, CA working with the Institute of Urology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine on innovative approaches to minimally invasive urologic surgery. 

Leah Smith ’22

leahLeah Smith ’22 is supported by the International Internship Program. She will be located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia working at the Cambodia Organization for Living and Temporary Care. Leah's work will support the organization's mission of providing temporary and long-term residential care, education, medical and social support. 

Joy Xie ’22

joyJoy Xie ’22 is supported by the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education as a participant in the Princeton Start-up Immersion Program (PSIP). She will be located in Tel Aviv, Israel working on healthcare and entrepreneurship.


 

IDENTITY & DIFFERENCE

Faculty Mentor

Christina Lee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Born in South Korea and raised in Argentina, Lee graduated from UC Berkeley with a concentration in Latin American literature and earned a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures at Princeton. She returned to Princeton as Associate Research Scholar in 2007 in the History Department, after holding Assistant Professorships in Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College and at San Jose State University. She joined the Spanish and Portuguese department in 2009 and was promoted to Research Scholar with Continuing Appointment in 2015 and, then, to Associate Professor in 2018. She teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in her department and, occasionally, for the Council of the Humanities and the Freshman Seminar Program. In Fall 2019, Lee will teach “Identity in the Hispanic World,” a course examining how ideas of belonging to the body politic are defined and constructed in Spain, Latin America, and in Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. Her publications include: The Anxiety of Sameness in Early Modern Spain (Manchester University Press, 2015) and the collection of essays Western Visions of Far East in a Transpacific Age (Routledge [Ashgate], 2012). She is also the co-editor of the global history book series Connected Histories in Early Modern Europe (with Julia Schleck), at Arc Humanities Press. Prof. Lee’s current book project, Saints of Resistance: Transpacific Devotions in the Spanish Philippines, examines the origin and development of some of most popular iconographic devotions of the Philippines, shedding light on how these devotions were shaped by the socio-cultural convergences and the fraught entanglements among the indigenous, Chinese, mestizos, and Spaniards, yielding unique religious practices that reflect the merging of Eastern and Western cultures in the Philippines. 

Cohort Description

Concepts of identity -- such as race, gender, social class, and religion -- may be historically and socially constructed, but have a powerful influence on how we understand and experience the world, as well as how we interact and are perceived by others. This cohort will meet over Friday lunch (12-1:20pm) to delve deeper into and challenge concepts of identity as it relates to engaging in service and social change. The cohort will explore questions and themes such as: 

  • The space between partnership, collaboration and coalitions -- how can we work to address systemic issues which impact multiple intersecting identities? 
  • How can we interrogate our own positionality, and how it impacts our ability to serve?
  • Identity as a fixed and binary concept -- how do we elevate ‘non-normative’ identities and give voice to marginalized groups? 
  • How can we understand identity as it relates to power and privilege in different spaces, and understand the difference between engagement and inclusion? 

Students

Tobi Ajayi ’22

tobiTobi Ajayi ’22 is supported by the Princeton Environmental Institute. She will be working in New York, NY at the Whitney Museum to conduct ecological research and curriculum development related to the new public art exhibit "Day's End." 

Nati Arbelaez Solano ’22

natiNati Arbelaez Solano ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. She will be located in Pittsburgh, PA where she will be working with Jewish Family and Community Services to connect immigrant and refugee families with support services. 

Tamica Perera ’22

tamicaTamica Perera ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. She will be working at an orphanage located in Marawila, Sri Lanka, teaching children English and math in Marawila as well as doing various workshops to help them develop self-confidence and self-esteem.

Ana Sotomayor ’22

anaAna Sotomayor ’22 is supported by the Program for Community Engaged Scholarship and Service Focus. She will be located in Princeton working with the Princeton University LGBT Center on their Oral History Project, which seeks to collect interviews with LGBTQIA-identifying alumni for research and archival purposes. Ana's work will support the Center in making their archive more readily accessible for research purposes. 

Gabrielle Sudilovsky ’22

gabrielleGabrielle Sudilovsky ’22 is supported by the Center for Jewish Life and Service Focus. She will be working with IsraAID, an Israeli-based humanitarian aid agency that responds to emergency crises and engages in international development around the world. 

Priya Vulchi ’22

priyaPriya Vulchi ’22 is supported by the John C. Bogle '51 Fellowship in Civic Service. She will be located in Puerto Rico to further the work of her non-profit, CHOOSE. Priya's work will pair interviews with residents on race and identity with systematic research on racial disparities, and aims to spark public conversation on the U.S.’s fraught history with its territories and what it means to be 'American.' 

Elif Aydin ’22

elifElif Aydin ’22 is supported by Princeton's Engineers without Borders (EWB) and will be working in El Cajuil, Dominican Republic. Elif and her EWB team will work to improve the delivery and safety of water in this rural mountain region. 

Soojin Robinson ’22

soojinSoojin Robinson ’22 is supported by Princeton in Asia (PiA) and Service Focus, and will be teaching an immersion English program to youth in Vientiane, Laos. She will be working with the Lao Rugby Federation, which works with youth to improve confidence and language skills. 

Tali Shemma ’22

taliTali Shemma ’22 is supported by the Center for Jewish Life. She will be located in Tel Aviv, Israel and will work with EcoPeace, an environmental NGO that uses environmental work as an instrument for regional peace-building and community-building. She will also be involved in organizing a mixed Israeli-Palestinian summer camp with Roots, a grassroots organization that works to promote interfaith dialogue. 

Isabel Lewis ’22

isabelIsabel Lewis ’22 will be working in New York, NY; as a Residential Assistant at the School of the NYTimes, and will support their Summer Academy's mission of introducing journalism to high school students.

Madeleine Polubinski '22