“His work was fueled by passion, included many challenges, and, has been made
possible through relationships.”
“We don’t know anyone who is more deserving of this award.”
“He inspired many on campus.”
These are just some of the many words shared about this year’s recipients of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement’s Faculty Service Award and the A. James Fisher, Jr. Memorial Award at the Faculty Service and Fisher Award Lunch, held February 7 in the Presidential Room of Prospect House at Princeton University.
The Faculty Service Award is given to up to two Princeton University faculty who in the past year have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to service and social justice that transcends the classroom, and especially recognizes faculty who have inspired others on campus to join their efforts and who through their service to humanity have responded to needs in the world.
When asked what was most meaningful to him about this experience, Díaz-Quiñones shared “the strength of the ethos of solidarity of faculty, students, administrators and staff at Princeton. The deep commitment of colleagues in the Program in Latin American Studies, and the departments of Spanish and Portuguese, History, Anthropology, and the Princeton University Library, among others, was inspiring.”
Professor Kaplan received his award for leading a service trip to Puerto Rico over the summer of 2018, during which he and four undergraduates assisted in hurricane relief efforts as well as taught a course at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez based on Princeton’s popular introductory computer science class, COS126 - Computer Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach. The undergraduates, who served as teaching assistants for the course, Shanila Shakil ’21, Elise Colter ’21, Christy Lee ’21, and Lucy Norton ’21, said that Professor Kaplan “showed us everyday how much he loves Puerto Rico, from its people to its beaches, and how passionate he is about teaching. He inspired us to think the same way in all of our interactions with other students and in every volunteer capacity.”
Professor Kaplan emphasized the fact that this mission was a team effort, as “the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez as well as various volunteer organizations not only welcomed and appreciated our work, but educated us about their experiences dealing with aftermath of Hurricane Maria as well as the current financial crisis.” He also thanked his team of undergraduate students: “Elise Colter, Shanila Shakil, Christy Lee, and Lucy Norton; their commitment and dedication were inspiring.”
In her closing remarks at the lunch, Kimberly de los Santos, executive director of the Pace Center said, “Arcadio, Alan and Lou, thank you for letting all of us recognize your service journeys.” These journeys, she continued, “have clearly been driven by strong values – values that have sometimes been challenged and perhaps even changed a bit. These journeys have also been based in relationships – collaborative relationships grounded in principles of respect and reciprocity. May each of us be inspired.”