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COHORTS

An important part of Service Focus is carrying the service experience into the academic year. Service Focus cohorts are designed to connect peers and faculty mentors in conversation around a specific theme. Each cohort experience culminates in a unique group project. Read more about this year’s cohorts, which are centered on the following themes:


DIVERSITY AND BIAS COHORT

Prof. Shelton’s cohort will meet over breakfasts and will focus on how bias is spread through and influences social networks, as well as how the representation of diversity in the media impacts inequality in America.

Faculty Mentor

J. Nicole Shelton is Professor of Psychology at Princeton University. Her research focuses on understanding prejudice and discrimination from the target’s perspective, and explores how interpersonal concerns about issues of prejudice (i.e., concerns with appearing prejudiced and concerns with being rejected) influence the dynamics of intergroup contact. She has also been exploring factors that influence the development and maintenance of intergroup friendships. Shelton has served as Head of Butler College since 2012. Along with Professor Stacey Sinclair in 2015-2016, Shelton co-facilitated a year-long speaker series called the Inequality Science Series—co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology, the Department of African American Studies, and the Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy, the series presented empirical research on inequality and encouraged conversation on how to translate research into strategies for reducing inequality.

Students

JULIUS FOO ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is working at Apex for Youth, an organization that provides mentorship and education for underserved Asian and immigrant youth in New York City. Julius is serving as Assistant Program Director for Apex’s dual-language summer camp, which helps prepare children for academic success.

NATHAN FINKLE ’21

is supported by the Center for Jewish Life and is working at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, located in Wingdale, NY. Nathan is serving as a counselor for rising sixth graders in support of Camp Ramah’s mission of fostering connection to and education in Conservative Judaism.

ELIZABETH CHITTENDEN ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is working at the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) office in Los Angeles, CA. Elizabeth is serving as a financial coach in the IRC’s Economic Empowerment Program. This role involves assisting female refugees, immigrants, and trafficking victims with critical resettlement matters such as opening a bank account and budget management.

AMANDA HARRIS ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and will be working in Detroit, MI at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine. Supervised by Dr. Teena Chopra, an infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist, Amanda is assisting with research on the knowledge gaps of ambulatory healthcare providers regarding antibiotic resistance and use, with the aim of developing new educational and antimicrobial stewardship programs for outpatient settings.

SHAFAQ KHAN ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is working in New York City providing low-income New Yorkers with legal assistance. Shafaq is particularly interested in inequalities in the criminal justice system and hopes to learn more about ways to remedy these disparities through this internship.

MAX JUN KIM ’21

is supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and is working on campus as a Community Action Fellow. Community Action provides a week-long, immersive introduction to meaningful service and community building for incoming first-years at Princeton. As a Fellow, Max is assisting with community partnership development,communications, service-learning activities, and logistical planning for the program.

LILY MUINDI ’21

is supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and is working with Do Right, a nonprofit organization in Nairobi, Kenya that works to provide incentives for mothers to give birth in hospitals by providing them with care products and education. Lily is supporting Do Right’s educational outreach on postnatal health care.

SCOTT OVERBEY ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is working with Legal Aid in Cincinnati, OH to help provide people in underserved communities with supportive legal counsel, with a particular focus on eviction cases. Scott is additionally conducting policy research on equity in housing systems, in partnership with Legal Aid and other local NGOs.

REMY REYA ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is working at Clarke, Johnston, Thorp & Rice, a criminal defense firm in San Diego, CA. Remy’s work focuses on cases involving capital punishment and will involve interviewing clients, researching the effects of their backgrounds (particularly with regards to mental health) on their trajectories, and assisting with their representation during sentencing hearings.

ELLA WHITFIELD ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is based in Chapel Hill, NC. Her work investigates loneliness in modern society, with a focus on how it affects health and how it is influenced by social media and communication. Ella also plans to design an interactive group program for schools to help combat issues of loneliness.


EDUCATION COHORT

Prof. Jennings’s cohort will meet over dinner on Monday evenings and examine questions around the intersection of education and health policy, focusing on lead exposure both at home and in school.

Faculty Mentor

Jennifer Jennings (Princeton ’00) is Professor of Sociology and 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.

Students

TOBI AYENI ’21

is a Bogle Fellow and is exploring how academic performance differs by race and class at Regis High School (an elite high school in New York City). Tobi is especially interested to examine factors underlying the persistence of the achievement gap, and exploring options for addressing these.

KRYSTAL COHEN ’21

is an intern with Princeton University’s Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. As a summer associate with the Keller Center’s eLab, a launch pad for student start-ups, Krystal is serving as a liaison between the Keller Center and two of its startup teams, supporting them in the incubation of a service-oriented organization or company.

MARESSA CUMBERMACK ’21

is supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and is working on campus as a Community Action Fellow. Community Action provides a week-long, immersive introduction to meaningful service and community building for incoming first-year students at Princeton. As a Fellow, Maressa will assist with community partnership development, communications, service-learning activities, and logistical planning for the program.

MICHAELA DANIEL ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is interning with the Education Department of the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA. This Center offers an innovative sensory-friendly program which allows guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder to safely experience their artistic performances. Michaela’s work is focusing on expanding their sensory-friendly program to serve more minority and low-income communities.

ALLISON HUANG ’21

is supported by the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education Center through the Princeton Start-Up Immersion Program and is interning with Emma’s Torch, a nonprofit start-up in Brooklyn, NY. Emma’s Torch provides culinary training for refugees and helps refugees secure careers in the food industry. Allison’s work includes recording and producing stories told by refugees attending the training program and managing a blog to share that content with the public.

AMY JEON ’21

is a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern and is working as Operations Lead at Springboard Collaborative, a New York City organization working to close the literacy gap by coaching teachers, training family members, and cultivating reading habits. Amy is providing administrative support for the Springboard Collaborative, as well as facilitating Springboard’s work at a partner school by interfacing with parents, students, and staff.

CHITRA PARIKH ’21

is supported by the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education and is participating in Tiger Challenge for the MedComm Community Challenge, where she is studying communication barriers that occur in an outpatient practice at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Group, a major academic health center in New Jersey and designing innovative solutions.

ALEXANDRIA SKARZYNSKI ’21

is working in Tianjin, China at Ivy Camps USA, an organization that provides summer enrichment activities for children. Alexandria is serving as a counselor and teacher, developing lesson plans on English language proficiency as well as facilitating fun activities for the children.

LUTFAH SUBAIR ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and will be working in New York City at the Oliver Scholars Program, a nonprofit that aims to prepare high-achieving African-American and Latino students from underserved communities for success at top independent schools and colleges. Lutfah is supporting the Oliver Scholars’ mission to improve educational experiences, while also exploring broader questions around how nonprofits can function most effectively.

HARLEY LOPEZ MIRO ’21

is supported by Princeton in Asia (PiA) and is 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. Harley is also assisting in improving educational resources for these underserved minority students.


FOOD JUSTICE COHORT

Prof. Desmond’s cohort will meet over dinners and will examine questions surrounding food including production, access, and health. This cohort will think about how food is a carrier of culture and why we are so sensitive to being told what to and what not to eat. There will be an emphasis on the farming of food and its impact on the well-being of people and the planet. The cohort will be likely to visit farms, eat delicious and seasonal food, and find ourselves in spaces like food pantries and community gardens.

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 publically 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.

Students

MONICA DOBRINOIU ’21

is supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and is working on campus as a Community Action Fellow. Community Action provides a week-long, immersive introduction to meaningful service and community building for incoming first-year students at Princeton. As a Fellow, Monica will assist with community partnership development, communications, service-learning activities, and logistical planning for the program.

YSABEL AYALA ’21

is supported by the International Internship Program and is working in Kampala, Uganda at the BAYIMBA Cultural Foundation, a Uganda-based organization that works to promote Uganda’s place as a hub for artistic activity. Ysabel will assist BAYIMBA with marketing and outreach activities for arts festivals and art education initiatives.

MIRANDA ALLEGAR ’21

is supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and is working on campus as a Community Action Fellow. Community Action provides a week-long, immersive introduction to meaningful service and community building for incoming first-year students at Princeton. As a Fellow, Miranda will assist with community partnership development, communications, service-learning activities, and logistical planning for the program.

LINDSAY EMI ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is working with the nonprofit organization 826LA in Echo Park, Los Angeles, which is dedicated to supporting young student’s writing skills. Lindsay is developing and teaching a four-week creative writing summer camp for English Language Learner (ELL) students.

LAUREN JOHNSON ’21

is a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern and is working on Princeton’s campus at Princeton in Africa (PiAf), a nonprofit organization that provides year-long service trips to African countries for graduate students. Lauren is supporting PiAf via grant writing and planning orientation activities for PiAf’s fellowship recipients.

JIMIN KANG ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is working in a nonprofi newsroom at The New Food Economy (TNFE), which is a publication headquartered in New York City that investigates forces shaping what and how we eat. Jimin is generating profiles of immigrants that work with food in the city, a topic that combines Jimin’s interests in culture, immigration, sustainability and journalism.

MADELINE SONG ’21

is supported by Princeton’s International Internship Program and is working in Lima, Peru with Bioversity International, a global research organization that works to promote agricultural and tree biodiversity towards achieving sustainable global food and nutrition security. Madeline is conducting research on biocultural diversity in Peru, with a focus on cocoa production systems. This research will help inform smallholder farmers and cocoa growers on ways to enhance their productivity.

TORI STYERS ’21

is supported by Princeton’s International Internship Program and is working in Arusha, Tanzania at the Levolosi Health Center, a primary healthcare facility that provides a large range of services, with a particular emphasis on maternal and reproductive health care. Tori is shadowing doctors in the maternal and child health unit as well as in outpatient care. She also plans to take Swahili classes to enhance her ability to directly communicate with the local community.

LEILA ULLMANN ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is working in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Leila’s interests lie at the intersection of incarceration and criminal justice, and her work involves working in the legal sector to help provide representation for immigrants and their families.

JACKSON VAIL ’21

is supported by the International Internship Program and is working in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the Asociacion Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (Puentes Abroad). He is doing research alongside the organization’s staff lawyers on economic programs, social issues, and human rights.


GUN VIOLENCE COHORT

Prof. Howard’s cohort will meet over dinner and examine questions around policies to reduce gun violence.

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. Earlier this year, 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.

Students

GRACE COLLINS ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is spending this summer with the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. working with the Office of Staff Learning and Development as well as the Africa region headquarters. Through her work, Grace is forwarding the PeaceCorps mission of promoting peace and friendship internationally through connecting trained individuals with international projects.

FUMIKA MIZUNO ’21

is a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern and is working with Opera Philadelphia, an innovative opera company in Philadelphia, PA that embraces innovation and aims to make opera accessible to contemporary audiences. Fumika is assisting with educational outreach by creating student study guides for operas, developing materials for community events during the 2018-2019 season, and assisting with community engagement activities throughout the summer.

RACHEL HAZAN ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is working at the URJ Kutz Camp, a Jewish leadership development camp for high schoolers located in Warwick, NY. As a Program Assistant, Rachel is contributing to the programming of all aspects of camp with a specific focus on developing a social action curriculum.

TEMITOPE OSHINOWO ’21

is a John C. Bogle’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is spending her summer working with the ALS Regional Center of Albany, NY where she is focusing on fundraising and advocacy to drive forward the organization’s mission of providing ALS patients and families with holistic care and support. A prospective Neuroscience major, Temi is taking this summer to get a more expansive understanding of neurodegenerative disorders, not only in their clinical setting but also in how a diagnosis can reverberate throughout individuals, families and communities.

MARYANN PLACHERIL ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is working in Washington, DC as a Congressional intern on Capitol Hill in the office of Senator Bill Nelson. MaryAnn is particularly interested in the opportunity to listen to constituents, represent their perspectives, and ensure that their voices are heard.

PATRYCJA PAJDAK ’21

is supported by Princeton’s International Internship Program and is working in Phnom Penh, Cambodia at the People Improvement Organization (PIO), a local nonprofit that provides a free primary education for children living in poverty. Patrycja is engaging in PIO’s mission by teaching English and helping to plan and implement innovative teaching techniques in PIO’s classrooms.

LINDSEY SCHMIDT ’21

is a Princeton Varsity Club intern and is working outside Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with Coach for College, a global initiative to promote higher education through sports. Lindsey is working alongside Vietnamese university students to teach math and volleyball to disadvantaged children.

HANNAH SLABODKIN ’21

is supported by the Center for Jewish Life and is working in Jerusalem, Israel with Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service. Hannah is assisting with care provision as a volunteer ambulance technician.

ABRAHAM WASERSTEIN ’21

is assisting in the Florida Attorney General’s Office in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. As an intern in the Civil Litigation Bureau, he is conducting legal research, work on Title VII employment discrimination cases against state officials and state agencies, and assist in court cases.

ILSA WEBER ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is working in Bloomington, IN with Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), an organization that provides free health care as well as social support services to underserved communities. Isla is aiding the administrative staff at VIM in research on rates of service utilization that can help to improve the organization’s efficiency and efficacy.


HEALTH/ CARE COHORT

Prof. Biehl’s cohort will meet over dinners and will examine questions around health-seeking and politics, the role of care in the medical system, the public role of the humanities, and theories of social change.

Faculty Mentor

João Biehl is Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology and 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 Abandonmentand Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival. He also co-edited the books When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Healthand 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.

Students

JAEYOON CHA ’21

is a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern and is working at Siloam Family Health, a faith-based health clinic for the uninsured population in Nashville, TN. Jaeyoon is working as the Refugee Health Coordinator to help launch the New Nashville Program, which pairs volunteers with refugee families.

EMILY CHENG ’21

is a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern and is working at St. Stephen’s Youth Programs in Boston, MA. Emily is working with underserved elementary and middle school students and assisting with development and implementation of educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

ETHAN KAHN ’21

Is supported by Princeton’s International Internship Program and is working at the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security in Amman, Jordan. Ethan is supporting the Institute’s research and outreach and shadowing Institute staff conducting site assessment visits to facilities using low-level radioactive sources to ensure compliance with radiological and nuclear security standards.

ALLEN KONG ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is based in Guam, working with Dr. N. Garrett Powell of the Guam Regional Medical City Hospital. Allen is conducting research on disease burdens in Chuuk, a Micronesian island near Guam. This research will inform efforts to improve medical outreach on Chuuk.

LINH NGUYEN ’21

is a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern and is working at New York City’s Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). Linh is assisting with communications and graphic design, creating promotional material for the museum and its causes, and working to increase dialogue about the Chinese (and Asian) American diaspora.

TOYOSI OLUWOLE ’21

is supported by Princeton’s International Internship Program and is working in Arusha, Tanzania with the Levolosi Health Center, a primary healthcare facility that provides a large range of services, with a particular emphasis on maternal and reproductive health care. Toyosi is shadowing doctors and observing patient interactions in several departments, including women’s health, surgery, and pediatric care.

SABRINA SEQUIERA ’21

is supported by the Office of Religious Life and is interning for the International Rescue Committee’s office for refugees in Elizabeth, NJ. The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, aslyees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture and other immigrants. Sabrina’s work includes helping connect refugees with mental and physical health resources.

NAOMI SHIFRIN ’21

is a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern and is working in Boston, MA with the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). Based at Massachusetts General Hospital, BHCHP takes innovative approaches to promote health for homeless individuals. Naomi is working with the BHCHP’s Street Team (a multi-disciplinary team including addiction therapists, psychiatrists, case workers, and doctors) to develop and sustain relationships with members of the houseless community and assist in meeting their healthcare needs.

ANNIE SONG ’21

is supported by the Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) and is working in Trenton, NJ with the Trenton Health Team (THT), an organization that works to address Trenton’s healthcare needs by partnering with hospitals, clinics, and community groups to expand access to healthcare and health information. Annie is assisting THT in implementation of community health initiatives and research.


POLITICAL POLARIZATION COHORT

Prof. Centeno’s cohort will meet over dinners and will examine questions around the drivers and consequences of inequality and political polarization.

Faculty

Miguel Centeno is the Musgrave Professor of Sociology and International Affairs and Chair of the Dept. of Sociology at Princeton University. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the founding Director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. From 1997-2004 he also served as Head of Wilson College at Princeton. He has published many books as author or editor including Democracy within Reason: Technocratic Revolution in Mexico (2nd. 1997) and Blood and Debt: War and Statemaking in Latin America (2002). His latest books are Global Capitalism (Polity 2010) and Discrimination in an Unequal World (Oxford UP 2010). He is currently working on several book projects including: Paper Leviathans: Liberalism in the Iberian World (Penn State Press), and War and Society (Polity). In 2000, he founded the Princeton University Preparatory Program, which provides intensive supplemental training for lower income students in three local high schools. For this work, he was recently awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the Bonner Foundation Award.

Students

JACK AIELLO ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is working with UNICEF to further its mission of protecting and advocating for the expansion of children’s rights around the world. Through the experience, Jack hopes to learn more about the field of international development and the roles and responsibilities of global organizations like the United Nations.

AMANDA EISENHOUR ’21

is supported by the International Internship Program and is working at GENDES, A.C. in Mexico City, Mexico. GENDES, A.C. is a Mexican civil society organization committed to using social development to promote gender equality and eradicate gender-based violence. Amanda’s work includes developing workshops and writing fundraising proposals to support their research and outreach efforts.

CARLOS GIRON ’21

is supported by the International Internship Program and is working at the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security in Amman, Jordan. Carlos is conducting research on security risks such as chemical, biological, and nuclear weaponry and assisting with the Institute’s outreach efforts.

JULIE KIM ’21

is working in China with Ivy Camps USA, an organization which provides summer enrichment activities for children. Julie is serving as a counselor and teacher, developing lesson plans on English language proficiency as well as facilitating fun activities for the children.

GRACE MASBECK ’21

is a John C. Bogle’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is engaged in a two-pronged project and seeks to address the division she sees within our political system. In the spring, Grace designed and tested a model for dialogue and discourse among politically engaged individuals. In July, she is applying this learning during her time in Washington, DC as an intern in the office Representative Zoe Lofgren of California. Through the experience, Grace hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the political process and how we might bring individuals together from across the aisle.

TILMAN HERCHENRODER ’21

is supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and will work in Princeton, New Jersey with the Princeton Student Climate Initiative, a campus initiative aiming to provide an outlet for students to learn about, engage with, and have a positive impact on climate-related issues. Tilman is working closely with researchers at Climate XChange, an educational, research and advocacy organization, to assist with research on economic modeling of carbon pricing approaches for state-level climate policy.

VEDIKA PATWARI ’21

is working with the National Alliance of People’s Movements on the Save Narmada campaign in India. The campaign was initiated in protest of plans to construct dams across the Narmada River. She is working alongside other student volunteers to help communities create plans for water supply, agricultural protection, new energy sources and new income generation.

DANIEL SCIACCA ’21

is a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern and is working in Edison, NJ at Legal Services of NJ, a nonprofit which aims to provide essential civil legal aid for economically disadvantaged people who cannot secure a lawyer on their own. Daniel’s work includes opportunities to meet clients as well as explore issues related to immigration law, landlord/tenant law, and tax law.

DANIEL TE ’21

is Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern who is working in Chicago, IL at Ada S. Mckinley Community Services, whose mission is to empower, educate, and employ underserved communities. Daniel is supporting their initiatives related to youth and elderly services as well as assisting in the planning and implementation of their 100-year anniversary celebration.

MACKENZIE MEYER ’21

is supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and the Princeton Varsity Club, and is working outside Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with Coach for College, a global initiative to promote higher education through sports. Lindsey is working alongside Vietnamese university students to teach English and basketball to disadvantaged children.


SUSTAINABILITY COHORT

Professor Adriaenssens’s cohort will meet over dinner to examine questions about creating more resilient and sustainable cities.

Faculty Mentor

Sigrid Adriaenssens is 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. 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 developed the course “Extraordinary Processes,” 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 recipient of the Princeton Environmental Institute’s Urban Grand Challenge award), a project dedicated to examining complex and interrelated urban systems and how they respond to extreme events.

Students

GABBIE ACOT ‘21

is supported by Princeton’s Community-Based Learning Initiative and is working in Princeton, NJ with the Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC), which provides year-round programming for at-risk urban youth to promote social and emotional learning through experiential education. Gabbie will assist with PBC’s curricular development and sustainability initiatives

CARTER GIPSON ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is working with the MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator in Washington, DC, which is an organization within the Department of Defense dedicated to building communities of innovators to solve national security problems. Carter is assisting with the implementation of various programs and support the expansion of program portfolios.

JUSTIN HINSON ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service who is working with Princeton’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment to research the efficiency of heating and cooling systems. In this innovative research on environmental sustainability, Justin is analyzing data from wireless particle sensors that are able to collect measurements on humidity, temperature, and air quality.

VICTOR HUA ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is working with Illumna,an educational nonprofit based in his hometown, Fort Lee, NJ. Victor is developing a curriculum for Illumna’s summer program, which aims to teach leadership skills to underprivileged high school students and will be implemented in three New Jersey towns.

HUGUES MARTIN DIT NEUVILLE ’21

is supported by Princeton’s International Internship Program and is working in Shanghai, China at the Joint US China Collaboration on Clean Energy, a global nonprofit that catalyzes transformational change in the greening of China through convening high-level influencers in cross-border and cross-sector collaboration.

SOPHIA MARUSIC ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is working in Los Angeles, CA as an intern for the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), a nonprofit organization that promotes and disseminates serious yet engaging writing on all aspects of literature, culture, and the arts. Sophia is particularly interested in supporting LARB’s mission of adapting long form literary criticism to make it more accessible to contemporary readers.

DIMITRIS NTARAS ’21

is supported by the Office of Undergraduate Research; mentored by faculty at Princeton’s Keller Center; and hosted by Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, GA. Dimitris is working to translate his concept for a sustainable and financially viable water filter into a product. He aims to develop partnerships with community organizations, develop a draft of a business plan, and research market needs, with the goal of being able to launch a product within the next year.

EMILY REINHOLD ’21

is a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern and is working with at the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia, a privately-funded program that assists children from low-income families gain access to tuition-based schools in the Philadelphia area.

MISHA TSEITLIN ’21

is supported by Princeton’s International Internship Program and is working in Moscow, Russia at the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), which is a nonprofit academic and diplomatic think tank that aims to further cooperation between Russian and non-Russian scientific institutions on major issues in international relations. Misha is contributing to policy analyses at RIAC and help to refine the RIAC English-language platform.


VISUALITY AND REPRESENTATION COHORT

Prof. Whetstone’s cohort will examine the long history of using photography and film/video as tools for interpreting and addressing social issues. This cohort will examine documentary films and work with the Princeton Art Museum to access some of the earliest social documentary photographs. They will discuss the challenging issues of representation, the promise and perils of social media, and learn essential technical craft.

Faculty Mentor

Jeff Whetstone is Professor of Visual Arts and a Princeton Environmental Institute faculty affiliate at Princeton University. He was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has been photographing and writing about the relationship between humans and their environment since he received a Zoology degree from Duke University in 1990. Whetstone received his MFA in photography from Yale University in 2001, and since then his work has been exhibited internationally. In 2007, Whetstone was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for a body of photographs entitled New Wilderness. The following year he received the first Factor Prize for Southern Art. His work is in many public collections, including the Whitney Museum, the New York Public Library Collection, the North Carolina Museum, Nelson Adkins Museum, Nasher Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery. As a recipient of the Princeton Environmental Institute’s Urban Grand Challenge award, Jeff led production of a documentary, “The Batture Ritual,” that examines the multifaceted consequences of climate change in New Orleans. This project bridges scientific inquiry with artistic expression and explores how cooperation between cultural and scientific communities can provide sustainable strategies.

Students

ANNA MACKNICK ’21

is supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and is working on campus as a Community Action Fellow. Community Action provides a week-long, immersive introduction to meaningful service and community building for incoming first-years at Princeton. As a Fellow, Anna is assisting with community partnership development in Camden, NJ, as well as support the program’s communications, service-learning activities, and logistical planning.

CHRISTY LEE ’21

is assisting with Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico as part of a collaboration between the Office of International Affairs and Operations, the Department of Computer Science, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. Alongside these relief projects, Christy is assisting Princeton Professor Alan Kaplan in teaching a course at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez based on Princeton’s popular introductory computer science class, COS126. This course teaches basic principles and practical issues of computer science.

OLIVIA KUSIO ’21

is supported by Princeton’s International Internship Program and is working with Planeta Oceano in Lima, Peru. Olivia is supporting Planeta Oceano in their work on manta ray conservation through working with fishing communities to help develop ecotourism solutions.

LUCY NORTON ’21

is assisting with Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico as part of a collaboration between the Office of International Affairs and Operations, the Department of Computer Science, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. Alongside these relief projects, Lucy is also assisting Princeton Professor Alan Kaplan in teaching a course at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez based on Princeton’s popular introductory computer science class, COS126. This course teaches basic principles and practical issues of computer science.

ELISE COLTER ’21

is assisting with Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico as part of a collaboration between the Office of International Affairs and Operations, the Department of Computer Science, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. Alongside these relief projects, Elise is assisting Princeton Professor Alan Kaplan in teaching a course at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez based on Princeton’s popular introductory computer science class, COS126. This course teaches basic principles and practical issues of computer science.

NADIN MUKHTAR ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is on-campus conducting research focusing on gentrification in Princeton, NJ and how it has played a role in the cultural and economic disparity between the university and the town of Princeton’s low income community.

SHANILA SHAKIL ’21

is assisting with Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico as part of a collaboration between the Office of International Affairs and Operations, the Department of Computer Science, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. Alongside these relief projects, Shanila is also assisting Princeton Professor Alan Kaplan in teaching a course at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez based on Princeton’s popular introductory computer science class, COS126. This course teaches basic principles and practical issues of computer science.

ADIA WEAVER ’21

is a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service and is working in Princeton, NJ in partnership with the Arts Council of Princeton, which aims to promote a variety of educational and community benefits via the arts. Adia is facilitating an arts education program for young women in high school as well as lead workshops on filmmaking which will feature prominent female industry professionals.

KATHARINE SCHASSLER’21

is supported by the International Internship Program and is in Canberra, Australia working in the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University. Kate helped refine and develop software to process data regarding Earth’s gravitational field obtained with space geodesic techniques. The data will be used in future research projects investigating how climate change is affecting the environment, notably changes in sea level, rates of melting of polar ice caps and even ground water storage.

NOA ZARUR ’21

is supported by Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life and is working in Mumbai, India with the Gabriel Project Mumbai, a local nonprofit that collaborates with grass-roots organizations, women’s empowerment groups, the business community, and the Indian Jewish community to provides education and health programs for vulnerable children in Mumbai’s slums. Noa is developing innovative education programs and facilitating lessons for children in subjects such as English, math, hygiene, and art.