Community Action 2017 Begins!

Friday, Sep 1, 2017
by Gwen McNamara, Communications Coordinator

Founded in 1987, Community Action (CA) is a week-long immersion orientation program for Princeton University first-year students coordinated by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. CA facilitates the transition to college by introducing first-year students to the values, expectations and resources of the inclusive Princeton community through service and civic engagement. 

New for 2017

Created by students 30 years ago, CA continues to build on its legacy and development of student leaders. The inaugural CA Fellowship, a year-long program designed for first-years/rising sophomores, has elevated the student-driven nature of CA and provides CA Fellows with opportunities to learn more about our community and themselves through service. CA Fellows receive professional development, training, and mentorship from CA staff and a Faculty/Staff Fellow, currently the Vice President of Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun. CA Fellows are responsible for community partnership development, communications, service and learning activities, as well as logistical planning associated with all aspects of the CA Program in their assigned region or issue-immersion track. 

With the success of the sustainability immersion-based track with the Office of Sustainability last year, CA has developed additional campus partnerships for 2017, including:

  • A new collaboration with the Lewis Center for the Arts to create an arts immersion-based track. This track focuses on creating art and the role art plays in community development. The curriculum design and facilitation is being done by local young alumni, including Jared Garland '15 (creative writing), Sophie Adrea '14 (dance), Heather O'Donovan '16 (music), Dominque Salerno '10 (theater) and Alexis Brown '12 (visual arts). 
  • Deepened collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, specifically with its Campus as Lab initiative.
  • Collaboration with the Office of Religious Life to create two mindfulness community-based experiences and a refugee resettlement community-based experience.
  • Collaboration with the Office of Disability Services to provide training support for a new developmental disability community-based experience.

This year, CA has also explored connecting with alumni to develop curriculum and facilitate opportunities for students to serve and learn with organizations that are led by alumni, including Martin Johnson '81, president and CEO of Isles, Inc.; Jeff Rosalsky '85, executive director, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC); Jim Waltman '86, executive director, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association; and Allegra Lovejoy '14, farm manager, Capital City Farm

CA By the Numbers

(As of Aug. 14, 2017)

Class of 2021 - 600 
Small Group Leaders - 130
Support Team Members - 20
CA Fellows - 7
Total Small Groups - 57
Community Host Sites - 35
Community Service & Learning Sites - 120
Faculty/Staff Engagement - 30
Alumni Engagement - 8
Regions/Immersion Tracks - 8

Follow Along!

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