Sara M. Gruppo

Community Action Program Director
Phone: 
609.258.3877
Email Address: 
sgruppo@princeton.edu
Office Location: 
Frist Campus Center, 201K
Role

As the Community Action Program Director, I have the opportunity to engage in dialogue and critical reflection connected to civic values and social responsibility. I work to foster a civic ethos on-campus, introducing students, faculty, staff and partners to service and Princeton’s commitment to community engagement. I welcome first-year students as they transition into our campus community, support student learning and leadership development, as well as, cultivate campus and community partnerships. I lead the strategic vision, program development, and the operations of peer-led small group immersion experiences.

Background

My professional career has been dedicated to service and civic engagement in higher education. Prior to Princeton, I was the director of the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service at the George Washington University where I had the opportunity to lead a dynamic team focused on co-curricular engagement with the goal of developing an engaged citizenry. During my time at Northeastern University, I designed and implemented new service programs using experiential learning models and expanded partnerships both locally and globally. My love for direct service blossomed while an undergraduate and graduate student at Boston University and that was where I had my first professional experience, serving as the only professional staff member (at the time) in the Community Service Center advising student leaders that ran sustained and short-term service programs.

From Boston University, I earned a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Analysis & Policy, a M.A. in Energy & Environmental Analysis, and a certificate in Professional Fundraising. I also hold a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership & Management from Northeastern University where my research focused on campus-community partnerships.

Fun Fact

When not in the Pace Center, I can be found with my husband John, and our twin daughters, Emma and Lily. I am also always planning my next travel adventure, looking for a great deal on a new pair of shoes, and cheering on the NY Yankees!

Areas of Expertise
  • Service-learning Pedagogy and Research
  • Community Partnership Development
  • Student Leadership
  • Facilitation and Training
  • Reflection
  • Risk Management

Office Hours

WASE Calendar or email me for an appointment.