Written by
Gwen McNamara, Communications Specialist
July 21, 2021

All of us here at the John H. Pace, Jr. ’39 Center for Civic Engagement are looking forward to welcoming the Great Class of 2025—and reconnecting with the Great Classes of 2024, 2023, and 2022—on campus this fall. Starting in mid-August, our offices in the Frist Campus Center and third floor of 58 Prospect Avenue will be staffed once again. 

As of right now, service and civic engagement through the Pace Center will include a mixture of in-person, virtual, and hybrid opportunities based on community need and safety. Many of you likely have questions about what plans for the fall semester mean for service and civic engagement. We are planning an online town hall for students on August 20 at 4 PM EST (student registration via Zoom) and an online town hall for community partners on August 20 at 2 PM EST (partner registration via Zoom). 

As we prepare for fall, we are speaking with people and organizations across campus and throughout the community to determine how best the Pace Center, and our staff and students, can be of support. In our work together, undergraduate students, graduate students, community partners, and campus partners have taught us that the service we engage in together, when at its best, is value-driven, relationship-based, and a social responsibility. Throughout the pandemic we have leaned into these learnings and will continue to abide by a set of guiding principles as we make decisions for how best to continue to work together in service and civic engagement.

Guiding Principles

  • Engage, sustain, and partner with the community by listening to their needs and uniformly employing our partnership principles: preparation as continual practice; communicate early and often; approach service with integrity; and create equity in partnerships. 
  • Build upon best practices for offering service and learning through in-person and online programming to maximize engagement while minimizing health risks for students, staff, and community.
  • Respect and uphold the grassroots nature of service at Princeton with meaningful and safe opportunities that reflect students’ diverse interests, passions, and points of access.
  • Prioritize student capacity building to work toward systemic change with advocacy and activism training, leadership development, and clear and consistent guidelines and parameters. Centering the most marginalized voices and anti-racism are priorities.
  • Sustain the wellbeing and protect the health and safety of all students, staff, community, and others who participate in and contribute to the life, programs and activities of the Pace Center 
  • Adhere to current health guidelines and compliance with policies, practices and protocol informed by the University in partnership with the community. 
  • Maintain clear and accessible communication for students, staff, and the community with health and safety concerns, programming updates and more. 

We will continue to share updates as the summer progresses. To reach Pace Center staff, please find our contact information on our website with email being the best way to be in touch. As we near the start of the fall semester, we will continue to monitor state and campus guidelines and adjust our plans accordingly. Please  visit the University's COVID-19 website to earn more about the University’s COVID-19 resources