Past Cohorts

CLASS OF 2021 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

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.

Cohort Description

The Diversity and Bias Cohort focused 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. Together, the cohort examined questions such as: 

  • How does bias influence campus community, particularly in subtle and indirect ways?

  • What is ambient bias and how does it manifest here at Princeton?

  • How might particular places, spaces and iconography create or replicate prejudice?

  • What kinds of spaces and practices foster equality and inclusion?

The cohort critically reflected on the ways ambient bias influences Princeton culture and identity, engaged in a walking tour of campus spaces and iconography that stand out as particularly inclusive or exclusive, and reflected on particular manifestations of ambient bias in relation to academic spaces, practices and identities.

Students

JULIUS FOO ’21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Julius worked over the summer with Apex for Youth, in New York City. He served as Assistant Program Director for Apex’s dual-language summer camp, which helps prepare children for academic success. Back at Princeton, he took “A History of the World” in the fall with Jeremy Adelman, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

NATHAN FINKLE ’21

Over the summer, Nathan was supported by the Center for Jewish Life and worked at Camp Ramah in Wingdale, NY. Nathan served as a counselor for rising sixth graders in support of Camp Ramah’s mission of fostering connection to and education in Conservative Judaism. On campus, he took “A History of the World” in the fall with Jeremy Adelman, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History. He is a computer science major.

AMANDA HARRIS ’21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service Amanda worked in Detroit, MI at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine where she assisted with research on the knowledge gaps of ambulatory healthcare providers regarding antibiotic resistance and use. At Princeton, Amanda took “Medical Spanish” this spring with Paloma Moscardo-Valles, lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese, and is an ecology and evolutionary biology major.

SHAFAQ KHAN ’21

Over the summer, Shafaq served as a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service in New York City providing low-income New Yorkers with legal assistance. Shafaq is particularly interested in inequalities in the criminal justice system and took “Race and Ethnicity” in the fall with Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, professor of sociology in the fall. She is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

MAX JUN KIM ’21

Supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Max worked as a Community Action Fellow over the summer helping to build a week-long, immersive introduction to service and community for the incoming first-year class to Princeton. On campus, Max took “Environmental Engineering and Energy” in the spring with Catherine Peters, Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Program in Geological Engineering. He is an operations research and financial engineering major.

LILY MUINDI ’21

Supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Lily worked over the summer with Do Right, a nonprofit organization in Nairobi, Kenya that provides incentives for mothers to give birth in hospitals by providing them with care products and education. Back at Princeton, Lily took “Race and Ethnicity” with Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, professor of sociology. She is an economics major.

SCOTT OVERBEY ’21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Scott worked with Legal Aid in Cincinnati, OH to help provide people in underserved communities with supportive legal counsel, with a particular focus on eviction cases. At Princeton, Scott took “Poverty in America” in the spring with Matthew Desmond, the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology, and is an economics major.

REMY REYA ’21

Over the summer, Remy served as a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service at Clarke, Johnston, Thorp & Rice, a criminal defense firm in San Diego, CA. Remy’s work focused 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. Back on campus, he took “Topics in Poetry: Poetry and Belief” in the fall with Jeff Dolven and is a Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs concentrator.

ELLA WHITFIELD ’21

A John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Ella was based over the summer in Chapel Hill, NC where she investigated loneliness in modern society, with a focus on how it affects health and how it is influenced by social media and communication. On campus, Ella took “Medical Spanish” in the spring with Paloma Moscardo-Valles, lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese. She is a psychology major.


 

Education Cohort

Faculty Mentor

Jennifer Jennings (Princeton ’00) is a 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.

Cohort Description

The Education Cohort examined questions around the intersection of education and health policy, focusing on lead exposure both at home and in school. The group considered: 

  • How does lead poisoning intersect with education, public health and equality? 

  • How has the conversation about lead shifted?

  • What are the responsibilities of local government, community groups, and individuals? 

Together, the cohort explored lead poisoning through multiple perspectives and with a variety of stakeholders. They brainstormed multiple methods of enacting change and developed interview questions to understand community perspective on lead poisoning.

Students

Tobi Ayeni ’21

Over the summer, Tobi explored how academic performance differs by race and class at Regis High School, an elite high school in New York City, as a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service. In the fall, Tobi took “Education Policy in the United States” with Jennifer Jennings, professor of sociology and public affairs with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and faculty mentor to the Education Cohort. He is a civil and environmental engineering major.

Krystal Cohen ’21

Krystal interned with Princeton University’s Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. As a summer associate with the Keller Center’s eLab, she served 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. In the fall she took “Race and Ethnicity” with Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, professor of sociology. She is a sociology major.

Maressa Cumbermack ’21

Over the summer Maressa served as a Community Action Fellow with the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, helping to build a week-long, immersive introduction to service and community for the incoming first-year class to Princeton. In the fall she took “Race and Ethnicity” with Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, professor of sociology. She is a molecular biology major.

Michaela Daniel ’21

A John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Michaela interned in the summer with the Education Department of the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA. This fall she took “Unrest and Renewal in Urban America” with Alison Isenberg, professor of history. Michaela is a near eastern studies major.

Allison Huang ’21

Supported by the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education Center through the Princeton Start-Up Immersion Program, Allison interned over the summer with Emma’s Torch, a nonprofit start-up in Brooklyn, NY. In the spring, Allison took “Advanced Problem Solving Through Design Thinking” with Sheila Pontis, lecturer in computer science and entrepreneurship program specialist with computer science and the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. She is a history major.

Amy Jeon ’21

Amy worked with at Springboard Collaborative, a New York City organization working to close the literacy gap by coaching teachers, training family members, and cultivating reading habits, as a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern. This fall she took “Education Policy in the United States” with Jennifer Jennings, professor of sociology and public affairs with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and faculty mentor to the Education Cohort. She is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Chitra Parikh ’21

Supported by the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, Chitra participated in the Tiger Challenge for the MedComm Community Challenge, where she studied communication barriers that occur in an outpatient practice at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Group. In the fall, she took “Creativity, Innovation, and Design” with Sheila Pontis, lecturer in computer science and entrepreneurship program specialist with computer science and the Keller Center, and Rafe Steinhauer, lecturer and entrepreneurial program manager with the Keller Center. She is an architecture major.

Alexandria Skarzynski ’21

Over the summer, Alexandria worked in Tianjin, China at Ivy Camps USA, an organization that provides summer enrichment activities for children. In the fall she took “Race and Ethnicity” with Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, professor of sociology. In the Spriing she took “Poverty in America” with Professor Matthew Desmond, a professor in the Sociology Department. She is a sociology major.

Lutfah Subair ’21

A John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Lutfah worked over the summer 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. This spring she took “The Just Society” with Alan Patten, the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Politics, vice dean of the faculty for strategic initiatives, and chair of the Department of Politics. Lutfah is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Harley Lopez Miro ’21

Supported by Princeton in Asia (PiA), Harley taught a summer immersion English program to college students in Jishou, China. Harley is also assisted in improving educational resources for the underserved minority students. Harley took  “Education Policy in the United States” in the fall with Jennifer Jennings, professor of sociology and public affairs with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and faculty mentor to the Education Cohort. Harley is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Sarah Elkordy ’21

A John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Sarah worked in the summer in Hamilton, NJ at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). CHCS is a national nonprofit health policy resource center focused on advancing innovations in health care delivery for low-income Americans. This spring Sarah took “Grassroots Power: Health and Social Change through Collective Action” with Jerry Nutor and Sebastian Ramirez with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Sarah is a Woodrow Wilson School concentrator.


 

FOOD JUSTICE COHORT

Faculty Mentor

Tessa Lowinske Desmond is an Associate Research Scholar in American Studies. She earned her PhD in Literary Studies (2014) and a 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.

Prof. Desmond’s cohort met over dinners and examined questions surrounding food including production, access, and health.

Cohort Description

The Food Justice Cohort examined a variety of questions surrounding food, including: 

  • How does food intersect with culture, labor, health and the environment?

  • What are different models and approaches to the food system? What are the benefits/drawbacks of each approach?

  • How might we consider different approaches to food access and distribution in terms of charity or justice?

Together, the cohort reflected on the intersection of food and culture while cooking dinner together at Professor Desmond’s farm in Hopewell, NJ. The group directly explored innovative approaches to food production and distribution through working visits to Carversville Farm in rural Pennsylvania, The Urban Tree Connection in Philadelphia, and Polyface Farm in Swoope, Va. The cohort also visited the Culinary Literacy Center in Philadelphia to learn about ways cooking can function as an avenue for education and community empowerment.

Students

Monica Dobrinoiu ’21

Supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Monica worked as a Community Action Fellow over the summer helping to build a week-long, immersive introduction to service and community for the incoming first-year class to Princeton. In the spring, Monica took “Introduction to Art Making” with Jane Cox, Daniel Heyman, Ruth Ochs, and Stacy Wolf with the Lewis Center for the Arts. Monica is a physics major.

Ysabel Ayala ’21

Supported by the International Internship Program, Ysabel worked over the summer 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. Back on campus, she took “Creativity, Innovation, and Design” in the spring with Sheila Pontis, entrepreneurship program specialist, and Rafe Steinhauer, entrepreneurial program manager with the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education.

Miranda Allegar ’21

Supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Miranda worked as a Community Action Fellow over the summer helping to build a week-long, immersive introduction to service and community for the incoming first-year class to Princeton. In the spring she took “Race and Public Policy” with Douglas Massey, the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, director of the Office of Population Research, and director of the Program in Population Studies. She is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School.

Lindsay Emi ’21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Lindsay worked in the summer with the nonprofit organization 826LA in Echo Park, Los Angeles, which is dedicated to supporting young student’s writing skills. Back on campus, she took “A River Runs Through Us” in the spring with Naomi Stone, a lecturer in anthropology, and Jeffrey Whetstone, professor of visual arts with the Lewis Center for the Arts. Lindsay is an English major.

Lauren Johnson ’21

Over the summer Lauren worked on Princeton’s campus at Princeton in Africa (PiAf), a nonprofit Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern. In the spring she took “Archive Writing” with Karen Emmerich, professor of comparative literature. She is an English major.

Jimin Kang ’21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service Jimin worked in the summer with a nonprofit newsroom at The New Food Economy (TNFE), which investigates the forces shaping what and how we eat. Back at Princeton, Jimin took “Investigating an Ethos of Sustainability at Princeton” with Shana Weber, director of the Office of Sustainability. She is a Spanish and Portuguese major.

Madeline Song ’21

Supported by Princeton’s International Internship Program, Madeline worked over the summer 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 took “A History of the World” in the fall with Jeremy Adelman, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History. She is an economics major.

Tori Styers ’21

Supported by Princeton’s International Internship Program, Tori worked over the summer 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. Back at Princeton, Tori took “Ethics and Public Policy” in the fall with Steven Kelts, a lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program. Tori is a concentrator in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Jackson Vail ’21

Supported by the International Internship Program, Jackson worked over the summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (Puentes Abroad). Back at Princeton, Jackson took “Design and Planning for Climate Equity: Urban Vulnerability and Adaptation” in the spring with Zachary Lamb, lecturer in architecture. He is a history major.


 

GUN VIOLENCE COHORT

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.

Cohort Description

The Gun Violence Cohort examined questions around policies to reduce gun violence, including: .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 voices heard as constituents?

  • What are ways to enhance communication and dialogue amongst researchers, policy makers, and stakeholders in the community on ways to reduce gun violence? 

The cohort explored research on gun violence as a public health and intersectional issue and discussed current approaches to advocacy with Reba Holley, organizer of Mercer chapter of Moms Demand Action. The group met with Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert to discuss the role of local government and trained in effective letter writing to legislators with noted advocacy coach Sam Daley-Harris of Civic Courage.

Students

Grace Collins ’21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Grace spent the 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. At Princeton, Grace took “Politics in Africa” in the fall with Jennifer Widner, professor of politics and international affairs with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is a politics major.

Fumika Mizuno ’21

Over the summer Fumika worked with Opera Philadelphia, an innovative opera company in Philadelphia, PA that embraces innovation and aims to make opera accessible to contemporary audiences, as a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern. Fumika took “East Asian Humanities II: Traditions and Transformations” with Steven Chung, professor of East Asian studies, and Carlos Yin, lecturer in East Asian studies. Fumika is a politics major.

Rachel Hazan ’21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service , Rachel worked in the summer at the URJ Kutz Camp, a Jewish leadership development camp for high schoolers located in Warwick, NY. At Princeton in the fall, she took “Race and Ethnicity” with Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, professor of sociology. Rachel is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Temitope Oshinowo ’21

As a John C. Bogle’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Temitope spent her summer working with the ALS Regional Center of Albany, NY where she is focused on fundraising and advocacy to drive forward the organization’s mission of providing ALS patients and families with holistic care and support. In the spring she took “Medical Anthropology” with Joao Biehl, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology, and co-director of the Program in Global and Health Policy, and Onur Gunay, a lecturer in anthropology. Temitope is a neuroscience major.

MaryAnn Placheril ’21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, MaryAnn worked over the summer in Washington, DC as a Congressional intern on Capitol Hill in the office of Senator Bill Nelson. MaryAnn took “Race and Ethnicity” with Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, professor of sociology, in the fall and is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Patrycja Pajdak ’21

Supported by Princeton’s International Internship Program, Patrycja worked over the summer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia at the People Improvement Organization (PIO), a local nonprofit that provides free primary education for children living in poverty. Patrycja took  “Race and Ethnicity” with Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, professor of sociology, in the fall and is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Lindsey Schmidt ’21

As a Princeton Varsity Club intern, Lindsey is worked outside Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with Coach for College, a global initiative to promote higher education through sports. Lindsey took “Race and Public Policy” in the spring with Douglas Massey, the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, director of the Office of Population Research, and director of the Program in Population Studies. Lindsey is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Hannah Slabdokin ’21

Supported by the Center for Jewish Life, Hannah worked over the summer in Jerusalem, Israel with Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service. At Princeton in the fall she took “Jerusalem Contested: A City's History from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives” with Jonathan Gribetz, professor of near eastern studies and the Program in Judaic Studies. Hannah is a molecular biology major.

Abraham Waserstein ’21

Over the summer, Abraham assisted in the Florida Attorney General’s Office in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. As an intern in the Civil Litigation Bureau, he is conducted legal research, work on Title VII employment discrimination cases against state officials and state agencies, and assist in court cases. Back at Princeton he took “Spanish in the Community” with Alberto Burzos Moro, senior lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese and director of the Spanish Language Program. Abraham is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Isla Weber ’21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Isla worked over the summer 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 took “Medical Spanish” in the fall with Paloma Moscardo-Valles, lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese and is a neuroscience major.

Kelton Chastulik ‘21

Supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Kelton worked as a Community Action Fellow over the summer helping to build a week-long, immersive introduction to service and community for the incoming first-year class to Princeton. Kelton took “Creativity, Innovation, and Design” in the spring with Christopher MacPherson, lecturer in the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, and Rafe Steinhauer, entrepreneurial program manager with the Keller Center. He is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.


 

HEALTH/CARE COHORT

Faculty Mentor

João Biehl is the 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.

Cohort Description

The Health / Care Cohort met over dinners and examined 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. Some of their discussions focused on:

  • How do concepts of ‘health’ and ‘care’ vary among patients and practitioners and across different communities?

  • How is healthcare organized and delivered?

  • Which values undergird it?

  • What are the driving factors in healthcare disparities?

The Health / Care Cohort critically reflected on personal experiences that shaped our understandings of ‘health’ and ‘care’. The cohort examined case study of Paul Farmer and Partners in Health and reflected on how values enter into approaches to healthcare. The group collaborated with Jefferson Medical Schools Health Design Lab to respond to the opioid epidemic in the Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia and collected narratives from residents and healthcare providers to inform ongoing research on community health and care-giving.

Students

Jaeyoon Cha ’21

As a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern Jaeyoon worked at Siloam Family Health, a faith-based health clinic for the uninsured population in Nashville, TN. Jaeyoon worked as the Refugee Health Coordinator to help launch the New Nashville Program, which pairs volunteers with refugee families. Jaeyoon took “Christian Ethics” in the fall with Eric Gregory, professor in the Religion department. In addition she took Medical Anthropology in the Spring with João Biehl, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology and Onur Gunay, a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Woodrow Wilson School. She is concentrating in molecular biology.

Ethan Kahn ’21

Supported by Princeton’s International Internship Program, Ethan worked at the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security in Amman, Jordan. Ethan supported the Institute’s research and outreach and shadowed Institute staff conducting site assessment visits to facilities using low-level radioactive sources to ensure compliance with radiological and nuclear security standards. Ethan took “Global Justice” in the fall with Professor Edwards S. Sanford professor of politics. He is a near eastern studies concentrator.

Allen Kong ’21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Allen was based in Guam and worked with Dr. N. Garrett Powell of the Guam Regional Medical City Hospital. Allen conducted research on disease burdens in Chuuk, a Micronesian island near Guam. This research informed efforts to improve medical outreach on Chuuk. He took Medical Anthropology in the spring with João Biehl, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology and Onur Gunay, a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Woodrow Wilson School. Allen is concentrating in anthropology.

Linh Nguyen ’21

As a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern, Linh worked at New York City’s Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). Linh assisted with communications and graphic design, created promotional material for the museum and its causes, and worked to increase dialogue about the Chinese (and Asian) American diaspora. She took “Technology and Society” in the spring with Janet Vertesi, a professor in the sociology department. Linh is a history concentrator.

Toyosi Oluwole ’21

Supported by Princeton’s International Internship Program, Toyosi worked 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  shadowed doctors and observed patient interactions in several departments, including women’s health, surgery, and pediatric care. She took “Poverty in America” this spring with Professor Matthew Desmond, a professor in the sociology department. Toyosi is an anthropology concentrator.

Sabrina Sequiera ’21

Supported by the Office of Religious Life, Sabrina interned 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 included helping connect refugees with mental and physical health resources. She took “The Art of Living” in the spring with Professor Basile Baudez, a professor in the art department. Sabrina is a chemistry concentrator.

Naomi Shifrin ’21

As a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern, Naomi worked 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 worked 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. Naomi took “The Anthropology of Development” in the fall with Professor Carolyn Rouse, professor in the anthropology department.  Naomi is a sociology concentrator.

Annie Song ’21

Supported by the Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI), Annie worked 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 assisted THT in implementation of community health initiatives and research. She took Medical Anthropology in the spring with João Biehl, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology and Onur Gunay, a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Woodrow Wilson School. Annie is concentrating in ecology and evolutionary biology.


 

POLITICAL POLARIZATION COHORT

Faculty Mentor

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.

Cohort Description

The Political Polarization Cohort examined a variety of questions around the drivers and consequences of inequality and political polarization, including:

  • What drives polarization and inequality?

  • How does polarization manifest in communities? On this campus?

  • How does polarization impact individual identities?

  • How do we navigate polarization to facilitate social change?

Together, the cohort identified identity categories they find to be polarizing at Princeton. The group recognized dialogue as a way to address polarization on campus and beyond and developed a process for bringing students together across ideological differences through structured dialogue.

Students

Jack Aiello ’21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Jack worked with UNICEF to further its mission of protecting and advocating for the expansion of children’s rights around the world. Through the experience, Jack learned about the field of international development and the roles and responsibilities of global organizations like the United Nations. Jack took “The Anthropology of Development” in the fall with Professor Carolyn Rouse, professor in the anthropology department. He is an economics concentrator.

Amanda Eisenhour ’21

Supported by the International Internship Program, Amanda worked 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 included developing workshops and writing fundraising proposals to support their research and outreach efforts. She took “History of Black Captivity” in the spring with Dannelle Gutarra Cordero, lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program. Amanda is an African-American studies concentrator.

Carlos Giron ’21

Supported by the International Internship Program, Carlos worked at the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security in Amman, Jordan. Carlos conducted research on security risks such as chemical, biological, and nuclear weaponry and assisting with the Institute’s outreach efforts. Carlos took “Topics in the History of Modern Syria: Ba`thist Syria - Film, Literature, Power” in the spring with Max Weiss, a Professor in the history department. Carlos is a near eastern studies concentrator.

Grace Masback ’21

As a John C. Bogle’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Grace engaged in a two-pronged project that addressed the division she sees within our political system. In spring 2018, Grace designed and tested a model for dialogue and discourse among politically engaged individuals. In July, she applied this learning during her time in Washington, DC as an intern in the office Representative Zoe Lofgren of California. Through the experience, Grace gained a deeper understanding of the political process and how we might bring individuals together from across the aisle. She took “Jerusalem Contested: A City's History from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives” in the fall with Jonathan Gribetz, a professor in near eastern studies and the Program for Judaic Studies. Grace is a near eastern studies concentrator.

Mackenzie Meyer ’21

Supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and the Princeton Varsity Club, Mackenzie worked outside Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with Coach for College, a global initiative to promote higher education through sports. She worked alongside Vietnamese university students to teach English and basketball to disadvantaged children. Back on campus, she took “Political Theory” in the spring with Professor Anna Stilz, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values. Mackenzie is a politics concentrator.

Tilmann Herchenroder ’21

Supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Tilmann worked 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. He worked 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. In the spring, Tilmann took “Political Theory” with Professor Anna Stilz, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values. Tilman is a politics concentrator.

Daniel Sciacca ’21

As a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern, Daniel worked 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 included meeting clients as well as exploring issues related to immigration law, landlord/tenant law, and tax law. Daniel took “Poverty in America” this spring with Professor Matthew Desmond, a professor in the sociology Department. He is a politics concentrator.

Daniel Te ’21

As a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern. Daniel worked in Chicago, IL at Ada S. Mckinley Community Services, whose mission is to empower, educate, and employ underserved communities. Daniel supported their initiatives related to youth and elderly services as well as assisting in the planning and implementation of their 100-year anniversary celebration. He took “Race and Ethnicity” with Patricia Fernández-Kelly, professor of sociology. Daniel is a philosophy concentrator.

Hannah Slabodkin ‘21

Supported by the Center for Jewish Life, Hannah worked over the summer in Jerusalem, Israel with Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service. At Princeton in the fall she took “Jerusalem Contested: A City's History from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives” with Jonathan Gribetz, professor of near eastern studies and the Program in Judaic Studies. Hannah is a molecular biology major.

Leila Ullmann ‘21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Leila worked in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. There her work involved working in the legal sector to help provide representation for immigrants and their families. Back at Princeton she took “African American History Since Emancipation” with Joshua Guild, professor of history and African American studies. She is African American studies major.


 

SUSTAINABILITY COHORT

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. 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.

Cohort Description

The Sustainability Cohort examined questions about creating more resilient and sustainable cities, such as: 

  • What are the intersections between sustainability and the built environment?

  • How might we envision new ways of building and living that support a more sustainable future?

  • How might individual or community practices support larger structural change and innovation in pursuit of increased sustainability? 

Together, the cohort considered innovative solutions to noise pollution as a case study alongside the impact of density and development on community. The group interrogated tensions between innovative building and adaptive reuse in relation to campus building plans. The cohort also created a plan for increasing lighting efficiency in dorm rooms by encouraging students to change to LED light bulbs in personal lamps.

Students

Gabbie Acot ‘21

Supported by Princeton’s Community-Based Learning Initiative, Gabbie worked 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 assisted with PBC’s curricular development and sustainability initiatives. She took “Structures and the Urban Environment” in the spring with Maria Garlock, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Gabbie is a civil and environmental engineering concentrator.

Victor Hua ’21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Victor worked with Illumna, an educational nonprofit based in his hometown, Fort Lee, NJ. Victor developed 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. Victor took “Technology and Society” in the spring with Janet Vertesi, a professor in the sociology department. He is a computer science concentrator.

Justin Hinson '21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Justin worked 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 analyzed data from wireless particle sensors that are able to collect measurements on humidity, temperature, and air quality. He took “Technology and Society” in the spring with Janet Vertesi, a professor in the sociology department. Justin is a neuroscience concentrator.

Hugues Martin Dit Neuville ’21

Supported by Princeton’s International Internship Program, Hugues worked 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. He took “Technology and Society” in the spring with Janet Vertesi, a professor in the sociology department. Hugues is an operations research financial engineer concentrator.

Dimitris Ntaras ’21

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 worked to translate his concept for a sustainable and financially viable water filter into a product. He developed partnerships with community organizations, drafted a business plan, and researched market needs, with the goal of being able to launch a product within the next year. He took “The Anthropology of Development” in the fall with Carolyn Rouse, professor of anthropology. Dmitri is an anthropology concentrator.

Sophia Marusic ’21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Sophia worked 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 supported LARB’s mission of adapting long form literary criticism to make it more accessible to contemporary readers. Sophia took “Climate Science and Communication” in the spring with Jessica Harrop, Lecturer in Princeton Environmental Institute and Michael Lemonick, a visiting lecturer in astrophysical sciences. Sophia is an english concentrator.

Emily Reinhold ’21

As a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern, Emily worked 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. Emily took “Investigating an Ethos of Sustainability at Princeton” with Shana Weber, the Director of the Office of Sustainability. She is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School.

Misha Tseitlin ’21

Supported by Princeton’s International Internship Program, Misha worked 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 contributed to policy analysis at RIAC and helped to refine the RIAC English-language platform. He took “Politics in Africa” with Professor Jennifer Widner, professor of politics and Woodrow Wilson School of Policy and International Affairs. Misha is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School.


 

VISUALITY AND REPRESENTATION COHORT

Faculty Mentor

Jeff Whetstone is a 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.

Cohort Description

Together, the Visuality and Representation Cohort examined the long history of using photography and film/video as tools for interpreting and addressing social issues. They explored questions such as: 

  • How can photography and film act as tools for interpreting and addressing social issues?

  • What kinds of messages, ideas and experiences can a visual medium uniquely express?

  • How can we represent marginalization, struggle, or failure in an ethical and authentic way?

The cohort engaged with Professor Whetstone’s body of film and photographic work as a case study to consider how visual representation helps us understand the intersection of global capitalism and the environment. The group also trained in practical photography and practiced interviewing fellow students and viewed and discussed film footage that troubled traditional narratives of success and failure.

Students

Anna Macknick ’21

Supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Anna worked 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 assisted with community partnership development in Camden, NJ, and supported the program’s communications, service-learning activities, and logistical planning. She took “Spanish in the Community” in the fall with Alberto Bruzos Moro, senior lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese.  Anna is concentrating in linguistics.

Olivia Kusio ’21

Supported by Princeton’s International Internship Program, Olivia worked with Planeta Oceano in Lima, Peru. Olivia supported Planeta Oceano in their work on manta ray conservation through working with fishing communities to help develop ecotourism solutions. She took “Environmental Engineering and Energy” in the fall with Catherine Peters, professor of civil and environmental engineering. Olivia is concentrating in civil and environmental engineering.

Lucy Norton ’21

Over the summer Lucy assisted 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 also assisted 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. She took “Political Theory” in the Spring with Professor Anna Stilz, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values. Lucy is a mechanical and aerospace engineering concentrator.

Shanila Shakil ’21

Over the summer Shanila assisted 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 also assisted 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. Shanila took “Electing the President: Voter Psychology and Candidate Strategy” in the fall with Markus Prior, professor of politics and public affairs, Woodrow Wilson School. Shanila is concentrating in politics.

Nadin Mukhtar '21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Nadin conducted on-campus 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. Nadin took “Immigration Politics and Policymaking in the U.S.” in the spring with Ali Valenzuela, professor of politics. Nadin is Concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School.

Adia Weaver '21

As a John C. Bogle ’51 Fellow in Civic Service, Adia worked 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 facilitated an arts education program for young women in high school as well as lead workshops on filmmaking which will feature prominent female industry professionals. Adia took “Creativity, Innovation, and Design,” with Christopher McPherson, lecturer in the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, and Rafe Steinhauer, Entrepreneurial Program Manager, Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. Adia is concentrating in anthropology.

Katharine Schassler '21

Supported by the International Internship Program, Kate was 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. Katherine took “Unrest and Renewal in Urban America,” with Alison Isenberg, professor of history. Katherine is concentrating in civil and environmental engineering.