As a rising sophomore, Tumise Asebiomo ’16 co-led a group of 11 incoming freshmen on a weeklong trip to learn about the criminal justice systems in Trenton and New York City. They toured a prison, visited inmate reentry programs, and met with district attorneys and advocates for prisoners’ rights. They left with a deeper understanding of the impact crime and punishment have on communities, and how they might be able to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by it.
In addition to leading that trip—one of Community Action’s weeklong immersive service trips for incoming students run by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement—Asebiomo has tutored middle school students through Community House, a Pace Center program that aims to support the academic success and social-emotional literacy of underrepresented youth in Princeton. She also co-led a break trip to Alabama to examine the pervasive impact race has on education, and is a peer academic advisor in Wilson College.
Her parents and her personal faith instilled in her the importance of giving back to her community. “They emphasized the idea of ‘to whom much has been given, much is expected,’” she said. She notes that Pace Center Assistant Director David Brown shares a similar philosophy: “He reminds us that we are a part of something bigger,” she said.
Even though she will be leaving campus in June, her ties with the University will remain strong. A TigerCall supervisor and a co-chair for the senior class’s Annual Giving pledge campaign, she plans to continue volunteering for AG. “AG is a tangible connection you have with Princeton after you graduate, and it’s a way to give back so that others may have the opportunities you had,” said Asebiomo. “A part of me hopes that my experience of service has been an example to students I’ve interacted with, and might inspire them to do more.”