Regional Updates

Bay Area

The Bay Area Committee is excited to welcome seven new Project 55 fellows this summer. If you are interested in mentoring or volunteering with the local committee, please email us at info@alumnicorps.org

 

Boston

In Boston, several fellows attended a TEDx event in Boston called “Thriving Over Surviving” focused on the  intersection of medicine, technology and health. The topic was very relevant to the Boston Fellows cohort as they all work in healthcare.

One of our fellows, who is staying on another year at his position, said that he with the help of his mentor he has been able to “receive career advice from plenty of doctors, as well as lots of structured career help.” He enjoyed being able to talk to his mentor who was also working in healthcare but did something a little different than the fellow currently does.

The Boston Area Committee is planning a wrap up event for the end of May. They will partner with the Princeton  Area Club of New England, who is hosting the club’s annual gathering and Princeton Prize in Race Relations. Andrea Campbell ’05 will be the keynote speaker at the even.

 

Chicago

Former PP55 fellow Jake Jackson ’14 recently hosted current fellows for a seminar at Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The seminar touched on the state of education in Chicago, including the teachers’ contract, state funding, charter schools, and school academic accountability. Fellows from Princeton, Northwestern, and University of Chicago also attended a panel seminar with former fellows from all three programs about life after the fellowship. Panelists shared their experiences post-fellowship, including graduate school opportunities, job-hunting and networking tips, and how to continue serving the public  interest.

In March, the Chicago Area Committee held a happy hour at a local Chicago brewery the day of the Illinois primary. It was a great time for fellows and mentors to catch up with one another and warm up during the Chicago winter!

The last week of April, the Area Committee will be having a seminar on “Exploring Identity and Privilege”, organized by three of our current fellows. The seminar will be an interactive, perspective-challenging, and skill-building exploration of how our identities affect our experiences. The end-of-year celebration is also quickly approaching on May 17th. We’re looking forward to celebrating the end of another great fellowship year in Chicago with fellows, mentors, area committee volunteers, and friends of AlumniCorps.

 

New Jersey

The New Jersey Area Committee is planning a social event for current and future fellows, area alumni and former fellows, and the whole committee at Terhune Orchards this month. The event will welcome fellows to the Princeton AlumniCorps community.

 

New York

2016 continues to be a busy year for the New York Area Committee. In January, fellows attended The Evolution of New York City. Featured panelists were Jessica Lautin and Mason Williams. Jessica is a Senior Content Developer and Strategist for Gallagher & Associates, a museum planning and design firm. Mason is the author of the award-winning book City of Ambition: FDR, La Guardia, and the Making of Modern New York (2013). He received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 2012 and currently teaches at Williams College.

In March, fellows were treated to a private tour of the Whitney Museum led by the Director of Education. Eight fellows and seven Area Committee members attended. The seminar featured a presentation on the history of the Whitney and current programs, and then an abbreviated guided tour to a few exhibits with one of the teaching     fellows. The Career Night seminar, also held in March,  featured small group discussion organized by industry   including sections on communications, nonprofits, teaching and law. Fellows moved between industry groups and could ask questions.

In April, Eleanor Meegoda ’12 organized a social enterprise seminar. The event featured three panelists, Deborah Chang ’10, Edtech social entrepreneur; Aaron Charlop-Powers, Senior Planner at the Center for Court Innovation; and Stephanie Koh, Columbia MPA/MPP in Public Health).

Panelists spoke about what drew them to social entrepreneurship, their thoughts on for-profit vs. nonprofit initiatives and jobs, and why in the framework of their careers they made both the professional and personal choices that led them to where they are.

 

Washington, DC

The Washington, DC are committee hosted a Meet and Greet at the Watergate and heard from new AlumniCorps Board Chair Liz Duffy ’88 about the strategic direction of AlumniCorps and ways to get involved in the  local area committee. In attendance were current and former fellows, Emerging Leaders, Board members, volunteers, and alumni. If you are interested in getting involved in the Washington, DC area committee, please email us at info@alumnicorps.org

 

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