Grace Collins

Grace Collins is a Politics concentrator from Camden-Wyoming, Delaware who's pursuing certificates in African Studies and Ancient Roman Language & Culture. This summer, Grace was on an IIP in Buyobo, Uganda working with Women's Microfinance Initiative, a nonprofit that connects rural women to financial capital in order to enhance their entrepreneurial opportunities, as well as teaching music at Buyobo Primary School. Elsewhere on campus, Grace is the president of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, Princeton's political hub and the oldest college debate society in America. She's also a member of the Princeton Debate Panel and has previously participated in various musical ensembles on campus, including the Glee Club and the Katzenjammers. Grace first became involved with Service Focus as a sophomore returning from a Bogle Fellowship at Peace Corps HQ in Washington, D.C., and she particularly appreciated the new ways that the program encouraged her to connect the service aspects of her work with her activities and coursework at Princeton. Organizing last year's capstone citizen empowerment event with Sam Daley-Harris, facilitated by Service Focus and Whig-Clio, and leveraging her leadership position within the latter to bring more opportunities for activism & action to Princeton's campus were, to her, clear examples of this connection. Grace intends to help this year's sophomores see the link between leadership and service, and she hopes that participation in the Advocacy cohort will teach everyone how important it is and how impactful one becomes when they integrate service into every aspect of their lives--not just in words, but in work and in action.