When Dallas Nan ’16 arrived at Princeton he didn’t set out to get involved in service and civic engagement. But after a summer internship lit a spark for education, he started on a path he never expected to take.
From the moment that I arrived at Princeton, the Pace Center has offered me so many opportunities for engaged discovery, opportunities to not only do something meaningful but also to ask tough questions and learn from my experiences. Some questions make us uncomfortable. Some hint at major changes that need to be made to longstanding systems. Although many of our questions will never be answered, exploring them will help us as we work towards improving the issues our society faces today.
Solitary confinement has long been a topic of contention in prison systems. Today, problems of psychological repercussions due to solitary confinement and inhumane treatment of incarcerated persons are being addressed by Students for Prison and Education Reform (SPEAR), a student organization with the Pace Center for Civcic Engagement. On October 14 and 15 SPEAR will be leading its second annual 7x9 performance protest.
This story is the first in a new ongoing web series "Stories on Service" featuring personal stories of service, learning and civic engagement by students involved with the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. Follow along and discover what service is all about at Princeton.