What does service mean to you?

September 21, 2022

Welcome to another academic year and a new season of “Meet Princeton!” Today, we have a very special episode. Service is core to Princeton’s mission. In fact, the University’s informal motto is “In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity.” So, instead of hearing from Vivian and Bryant, we hand the mic over to two student correspondents in the John H. Pace Jr. ’39 Center for Civic Engagement: Christine Shin ’25 and Isabella Gomes ’25. Christine and Isabella share a bit about how and why they became involved in the Pace Center and interview two student volunteers Ana Blanco ’23 and Hannah Bein ’22, each of whom pursue significant service work that aligns with their academic and extracurricular interests.

We’d like to thank Gianna Melchionda ’24 and Savannah Pobre ’23 for their help in producing the episode, along with Gwen McNamara, assistant director for communications, Pace Center, for her partnership on the project.


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About the John H. Pace Jr. '39 Center for Civic Engagement

Service and civic engagement are a central part of the Princeton University student experience. The Pace Center helps undergraduate and graduate students learn how to respond to the needs of the world in responsible ways.

They support:

  • Learning about community
  • Sustained volunteering
  • Advocacy and activism
  • Summer internships and post-graduate fellowships

The Center prepares students to serve well by making meaningful connections through learning, experience, and reflection—connections that create a strong foundation for understanding what it means to be an engaged citizen. In doing so, they believe that Princeton University students will make the world more equitable, creating access and opportunity for all people and communities to thrive.

About "Meet Princeton!"

Co-Hosts: Vivian Slee, senior assistant dean of admission, and Bryant Blount '08, assistant dean of undergraduate students and manager of strategic communications

Producers: Vivian Slee and Mary Buckley, associate dean, strategic communications, Office of Admission

Editor/Sound Engineer: Nick Donnoli, Orangebox Productions

Sound Engineer: Molly Trueman '24

Logo Design: Esteban Aguas '19, assistant director

The theme music to our podcast was created by Molly Trueman '24. Molly plans on majoring in music with a potential certificate in Applications of Computing. Outside of class, she is part of Glee Club, Chamber Choir, and the Tigressions, a contemporary all-female a cappella group. While she has been practicing voice and piano since age six, within the past year—especially during quarantine—she has become more passionate about songwriting and music production, leading her to create music for this podcast.