Founded in 1987, Community Action (CA) is a week-long immersion orientation program for Princeton University fi
Welcome Class of 2022!
Community Action (CA) is a small-group experience of Princeton Orientation coordinated by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. CA facilitates the transition to college by introducing new students to the values, expectations, and resources of the inclusive Princeton community.
Uniquely, Community Action:
- promotes an ethos of civic values anchored on relationships and making informed choices; and
- fosters collaborations between the University and community partners.
All CA participants are introduced to meaningful service and civic engagement at Princeton through an interactive workshop and the Field Guide to Service which helps students learn to do service well and have a positive impact in the community.
Through peer-led small groups, students are able to explore social issues of public significance, reflect on their own social and civic identity, and experience reciprocal community engagement in action. Each group lives together off-campus either in an urban setting that allows for direct interaction with diverse people and groups or an outdoor camp setting that allows for hands-on experiences in nature and a deep dive into a social issue theme. All students are exposed to organizations, individuals, and systems addressing social issue problem-solving and actively participate service learning projects with them. Each day students participate in guided conversations and activities to contextualize the service learning experiences that they are having in the group. They explore their personal beliefs and values connected to civic responsibility and think critically about the social issues. Mid-week, faculty and staff are invited to join the CA groups in service or a dinner conversation focused around scholarly inquiry and themes from the Pre-Read book selection.