Written by
Gwen McNamara, Communications Specialist
July 12, 2021

This summer, the John H. Pace, Jr. ’39 Center for Civic Engagement is pleased to welcome two new members to our staff team. 

Gray Collins, a member of the Great Class of 2021, joins the Pace Center as a Project 55 Fellow and Internships Coordinator. In this role, Collins provides individual internships advising to Service Focus students, serves as the staff mentor on several Service Focus cohorts, and plans program-wide events, trips, and service opportunities. They also provide advising and programming opportunities for John C. Bogle ’51 Fellows in Civic Service and Pace Center students at large. As an undergraduate who concentrated in politics, Collins served as the president of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society and also participated as a member of the Princeton Debate Panel. Additionally, they were involved with the Service Focus program as both a participant and a student fellow, working with the policy/advocacy and civil society cohorts. 

“This year, I’m excited to continue growing the program and helping more students engage with learning through service,” said Collins. “Overall, I’m excited to use this role to engage students from a variety of personal and disciplinary backgrounds who all seek to bridge the gap between career, academics, and service at Princeton.” 

Alvin Zhang, a member of the Great Class of 2020, joins the Pace Center as a Service Engagement Intern as part of Project Tiger Futures. In this role, he is researching how undergraduate students hear about and become engaged in service, building an inventory of reflection opportunities related to service and civic engagement, and exploring projects for community partners and students to engage in racial justice, advocacy, and activism. He will also support the center’s metrics efforts and research best practices in digital technology and the role it can play in service and civic engagement. Project Tiger Futures is an initiative of Princeton University which offered one-year internships for alumni in the classes of 2020 and 2021. 

“As an undergraduate student I was involved with service opportunities at the Pace Center, such as the Petey Greene Program and CONTACT of Mercer County, as well as Christian fellowships on campus,” said Zhang. “I am excited to help the Pace Center in quantifying the impact being made in and with local communities, and to communicate the stories of service to students on campus.”

Learn more about Collins and Zhang.