PCCV’s mission is to inspire Princeton students to participate in, and to connect them to, meaningful civic engagement opportunities through its values. PCCV aims to provide equitable access to civic engagement opportunities as well as opportunities that inspire discourse and reflection. PCCV also belives in connecting and collaborating with existing civic engagement opportunities and fostering internal mentorship within our board and the Pace Center.
PCCV works on projects in the following areas:
The Door-Knocking Project aims to connect first-year students with service opportunities as soon as they arrive on campus by coming right to their doors. Pace Center student leaders and volunteers canvass first-year dormitories at the start of the year to talk about different avenues for engagement, share their personal stories about service, and offer advice or guidance. Through this project, PCCV helps new students make civic engagement a part of their Princeton experiences from beginning to end.
Office Hours connects students looking for an introduction to the service community at Princeton with a PCCV member. Through one-on- one conversations, PCCV members help guide and connect students to service opportunities that fit their interests and goals.
Pace Pals is a mentorship program that matches first-year students with upperclassmen who are involved in service and civic engagement at Princeton. The goals of Pace Pals are to: empower first-year students to become active members of the Pace Center (and Princeton) community; to connect them to civic engagement opportunities that fit their interests and goals; and to encourage and foster meaningful dialogue about the value of civic engagement and the ways in which it contributes to the Princeton experience.
Social Justice Pop-Up aims to educate Princeton students both about pressing social justice issues and the work that current Princeton students and student groups are doing to address these issues. It began as a collaborative initiative between PCCV and the Social Justice Committee at the Center for Jewish Life (CJL). In an effort to maximize accessibility, the presentations "pop up" periodically in heavily trafficked areas of campus and last only half an hour—easily fitting into even the busiest of schedules.
The “We Are Princeton” Wall, currently in its developmental stage, aims to use storytelling and physical space as tools for justice. It is designed to challenge the stereotypical notion of what a ";Princetonian" is by displaying images and archived documents that showcase little-known history at Princeton.
Food for Thought is a monthly dinner discussion series that highlights the intersection between career choices and civic engagement. By interacting with individuals who have integrated service into their professional lives, students come to recognize how service can play a role in their Princeton experience and beyond.
Open Mic Night is a creative opportunity for the campus and surrounding community to come together to share their experiences with and reflections on service and civic engagement. It is held once a semester, in the evening, in a shared community space off-campus.
Reflections on Service occurs during Orientation each year and aims to engage first-year students in a conversation about the meaning of service. This event features a keynote speaker who is engaged in service and is facilitated by the PCCV. Previous Reflections on Service discussions have featured activists, politicians, entrepreneurs, and authors.
Princeton TruckFest is a food truck charity fundraiser organized by the Community Service Interclub Council (CSICC), a group comprised of the community service chairs of Princeton's 11 eating clubs. The project raises money to combat food insecurity in surrounding counties of New Jersey. During TruckFest, Prospect Avenue is closed and members from the university and town can enjoy delicious food trucks and local entertainment while raising money for local charities and increasing awareness of food insecurity in our own backyard.
Club and Organization Outreach is currently in its developmental stage and aims to foster a culture of civic engagement on campus by connecting student organizations that aren’t necessarily focused on service with opportunities to engage and serve.
Become a PCCV Board Member
The Pace Council for Civic Values (PCCV) seeks out new members for its student board each fall, usually in November.
PCCV believes in equitable access to civic engagement opportunities, internal mentorship, discourse and reflection, and connection and collaboration. PCCV Board members are expected to:
- Work on a major PCCV project.
- Attend weekly board meetings, as well as project-specific meetings
- Attend PCCV retreats at the beginning of each semester
- Attend collaborative Pace Center student board meetings as necessary
- Hold a weekly office hour to help advise students who are looking to get involved with the Pace Center
- Identify and develop new and pertinent projects