Princeton RISE Initiative

2021 Princeton RISE Fellows


2021 Princeton RISE Community Partners


Service at Princeton is about responding to the needs of the world. Over the last year, those needs have become more visible with the Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian lives lost to the pandemic, police violence and citizen vigilantism. Persistent, recent and continuing acts of systemic racism are calling us to address inequalities and injustices and particularly anti-Blackness. 

Princeton RISE (Recognizing Inequities and Standing for Equality) is intended to foster students' enduring and sustained commitment to civic engagement. Student RISE fellows will:

  • Be paired with a participating partner organization
  • Have an opportunity to listen with communities engaged in racial justice
  • Explore and advocate for racial justice broadly
  • Learn about societal inequities in areas including, but not limited to, health, criminal justice, and education
  • Engage in strategies to promote their own and their peers’ well-being and resilience
  • Make a substantive contribution to the research and mission of campus and community partners
  • Engage in peer-led weekly conversations and activities with other RISE fellows

The RISE commitment is structured as follows: 

  • Projects will be conducted in collaboration with partners (either campus partners or community partners), and are scoped for 8 weeks of engagement starting June 14, 2021 and ending August 6, 2021. 
  • The commitment to RISE is for a total of 40 hours/week: RISE projects with partners will be 35 hours/week; RISE programming that includes training, reflection and guided conversation with peers will be 5 hours/week for all fellows on Thursday afternoons from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. 
  • RISE fellows will receive a $4,000 grant, mentorship from staff and peers, books, materials, training, reflection and guided conversation.
  • RISE fellows are required to participate in orientation, a mid-program survey and an end-program survey. 
  • RISE fellows should submit a reflection on their experience by August 31, 2021, in the form of their choice (e.g. blog post, short video, or art piece).  RISE fellows must also participate in an online symposium on August 30, 2021, to share their projects and reflections with a wider community.

Due to COVID-19, all RISE projects will be remote. Students and partners will apply separately to the program and be matched according to topics, interests and skills.