This summer, Chitra Parikh ’21 will be organizing weekly community dinners for Philadelphians who live in the Kensington neighborhood, with the goal of promoting healthy eating choices and promoting social change. “The idea is that through these dinners the community spaces will be reactivated,” she said.
Sophomore Tyler Eddy always dreamed of becoming a scientist, but that plan was nearly derailed when he dropped out of college. He was working full-time at an auto-parts store when he enlisted in the Marines with the intention of returning to school. He became an airframe helicopter mechanic and rose to a rank of corporal, while simultaneously taking community college classes.
A gift from Michael Novogratz of the Class of 1987 and Sukey Cáceres Novogratz of the Class of 1989 has endowed Princeton’s Bridge Year program, which allows a group of incoming freshmen to spend their first two semesters as Princetonians engaged in community service abroad.
On Nov. 3, more than 140 young alumni volunteers returned to Princeton for Annual Giving (AG) BootCamp, where recent grads (from the classes of 2009 to 2018) call, text, and Snapchat their classmates to ask them to make a gift to Annual Giving. The one-day event helps alumni hone their volunteer peer-to-peer fundraising skills and gives them an opportunity to give back to the University.
Princeton will establish a technology and democracy program within the University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), a leading authority on issues related to artificial intelligence, internet privacy and security, big data, cryptocurrencies and the impact of digital technologies on society. The new program, made possible by a gift from an anonymous donor, will include a first-of-its-kind technology policy clinic that will enable technical specialists to provide nonpartisan studies and expertise on emerging technologies to federal, state and local policymakers so that elected officials can make better informed decisions on behalf of the public.
When Sabrina Sequeira ’21 decided to dedicate her summer to helping refugees, she didn't jet to a distant corner of the globe — she took the New Jersey Turnpike home.
Inspired by the beauty of giant manta rays, Olivia Kusio '21 spent her summer working to protect a vulnerable species by educating fishing communities in Peru and helping them adapt to dramatic climate change.
When Dimitris Ntaras ’21 was in high school in Greece, he built a model filter to combat the threat of tainted drinking water. After a summer of research at Emory's School of Public Health, he's closer to delivering an affordable product that can aid at-risk populations around the globe.
Emily Cheng ’21 spent her summer in Boston, teaching math and science to children from low-income families. Inspired by a best-selling novel, she wrapped knowledge in fun and found that kindness is essentially a chain reaction.
The University community welcomed the tenth cohort of Bridge Year volunteers -- incoming students who have deferred their freshman year to engage in public service projects abroad. Princeton faculty, staff, alumni benefactors, and former Bridge Year participants wished these new Princetonians well as they prepared to embark on their journeys.