Princeton in NJ's Service

"In the nation's service and in the service of humanity"

This informal motto of Princeton University has guided the mission of its students, alumni, faculty and staff since first proposed by then-University President Woodrow Wilson in 1896 and updated in 1986. When President Christopher L. Eisgruber asked all members of the incoming Class of 2017 to read Anthony Appiah’s “The Honor Code,” his intent was for them to think about what it means to live a successful human life, “living a life that makes you happy, and living a life that is of service to others.” From day one on campus, this principle is central to the Princeton experience, and one that begins right here in New Jersey.


Community Service News

Monday, Aug 7, 2017
On Tuesday, August 1, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement welcomed the Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen as its first Community Partner-in-Residence. From August through October 2017, Pastor Karen will work with the Pace Center to strengthen the intersection of the wider campus and community.
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017
From creating documentary films in Dallas, Texas to building health and wellness curricula for youth in Charlottesville, VA to supporting programs for previously incarcerated men and women in Los Angeles, CA, 17 first-year students are making service – in all its broad forms – an integral part of their learning at Princeton University as 2017 Bogle Fellows. One of these students is June Philippe of Irvington, NJ who is assisting HS students in Newark with the college application process. She says “as a first-generation student, I’ve noted that a lot of the information that is necessary to a successful college experience is often passed down from those who attended college in their personal networks, however for low-income and first-generation students these resources are not made readily. I’d like to change this narrative in favor of the marginalized.”
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017
On Dec. 9, 2016, the Woodrow Wilson School's annual student-organized service auction raised more than $16,000 for Trenton, N.J.-based nonprofit Isles Youth Institute. Isles, founded by Princeton alum Marty Johnson ’81, fosters self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities through a mission of “self-reliance through education.”
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016
$9.12 million in taxes paid in 2016. $22 million in voluntary contributions over seven years. Construction of affordable housing. Direct support for public safety. Local transit service. Educational opportunities. Volunteer service. These are just a few of the ways that Princeton University supports the town of Princeton and the members of its community.
Thursday, Nov 10, 2016
During a discussion with Princeton town officials Wednesday, Nov. 9, Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber focused on shared values between town and gown and how leaders can continue to work together to further common goals. The public meeting at the Monument Hall municipal building was the fourth annual session among Eisgruber, Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, and Princeton Council members Jo Butler, Jenny Crumiller, Heather Howard, Lance Liverman, Bernard Miller and Patrick Simon.