Princeton AlumniCorps welcomes Soraia Francisco, our new Program Associate, to the team at 12 Stockton. A native of Portugal, Soraia graduated from Rutgers University and served in multiple U.S. cities as a two-term AmeriCorps member. In her first term of service, she provided disaster relief and long-term recovery for communities impacted by Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Sandy. She then moved to the West Coast to serve as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) tutor in Federal Way, Washington, where she served both elementary, middle and high school students. For the next three years, she continued to build relationships with and serve at-risk youth as a School Outreach Coordinator for Communities In Schools.
She is a current M.Ed. student at Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies on the Sexuality Education track. In her free time, she loves to hike with her dog, craft snail mail, and unpack social constructs with friends over a meal.
On February 25, 2018 new AlumniCorps board member Dan-el Padilla Peralta ’06 addressed our Leadership Circle Breakfast. Guests listened with rapt attention to Dan-el’s exploration of ancient Roman civilization and the implications the classics hold for our understanding of the rights of modern citizenship. The talk was followed by a question and answer session, and all attendees received a signed copy of Dan-el’s 2015 memoir, Undocumented.
Dan-el is Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University. He is currently finishing his latest book entitled Divine institutions: religion and state formation in middle republican Rome. His 2015 memoir Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to Ivy League received an Alex Award from the American Library Association.
Each year Keystone Society members are honored with a small gathering featuring noted speakers. This year we expanded the scope of the event by hosting a Leadership Circle Breakfast for all those who have demonstrated their commitment by giving significant time, talent, and treasure to AlumniCorps. Past guest speakers included Nobel Prize-winner Princeton Professor Emeritus Sir Angus Deaton; noted first-amendment authority, Professor Margaret ‘Peggy’ Russell ’79; and well-known writer, documentarian, and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff ’83. Learn more about the Keystone Society here.
160 attend webinar on trauma and mental health in immigrant and refugee communities
As part of the Bold Idea initiative, Princeton AlumniCorps and Appleseed hosted a webinar presentation and Q & A on the topic of trauma and mental health in immigrant and refugee communities. One-hundred and sixty viewers from all over the United States tuned in to listen and learn from Dr. Usha Tummala-Narra and Dr. Maria Nardone about the various aspects of trauma, including the effects of the current political climate on mental wellness and the generational impact of chronic stress on immigrant families.
The Bold Idea initiative seeks to bring together practitioners, academics, policymakers, and funders from both within and beyond the AlumniCorps network for dialogue and action over a three-year period. The current iteration of the Bold Idea is a two-year pilot focusing on immigration issues. AlumniCorps, in partnership with Appleseed, a network of 17 public interest centers in the United States and Mexico, received a grant from the Hewlett Foundation to promote network-based collaboration focused on the issues facing immigrants and refugees.
Get free access to the recorded webinar here. To learn more about empowering immigrant communities, come to our Princeton Reunions 2018 panel, In the Service of Humanity: Empowering Immigrant Communities on Friday, June 1 at 2:00pm in the Neuroscience Building. Get more details here.
Ethel was the widow of Hilary Lipsitz ’55, and remained an active AlumniCorps supporter and generous donor after Hilary’s passing in August 2016. She was the Director of Development for the Collegiate School from 1985 – 2000. Writing of Mrs. Lipsitz, current Collegiate Headmaster Lee Levison observed that Mrs. Lipsitz’ “Dignity and grace were palpable – and radiated throughout [a] room. Being in her presence made us all better.” Read Ethel’s full obituary in the New York Times online here.
The six Fellows in Boston have been busy! In particular, two future physicians reflected on how much their Fellowships are teaching them in our Leading Edge blog. Daniel Rounds ’17 is providing a quality education for young students in Lawrence, MA at Community Day Arlington Elementary School. He shared, “Lawrence is a city defined by immigration, and I hope to work with migrant populations in the future as a physician.”
Cassie Crifase ’17 is working on a longitudinal airway study at Massachusetts General Hospital’s EMNet, and she says, “Working on the WIND Study has granted me a unique window into the lives of our participants, offering me multiple perspectives into the storied history of each parent and child… it has instilled a fervor for my chosen career as a physician as well as a humanity that can sometimes be lost in the study of a physiology textbook or the sterility of an operating theatre.” Read all of Cassie & Daniel’s reflections on The Leading Edge blog.
In Chicago several Princeton AlumniCorps Fellows and former Fellows attended an event at the Princeton Club of Chicago on March 27, 2018. Juan Jose Gonzalez ‘06 spoke about his role as Director of Youth and Education policy for the City of Chicago, while Chris Mallette ‘93, Executive Director of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, a part of National Network for Safe Communities, shared his experience in public service. Pictured, left to right: Juan Jose Gonzalez ’06, Whitney Spalding Spencer ’07, Josh Lau s’07, Felix Huang ’07, Nora Niazian ’17, Kirsten Ekdahl Hull ’99, Adjoa Mante ’17, Briana Payton ’17, Rebecca Deaton ’91, Andrew Hahm ’17, Nat Piggee ’96, and Chris Mallette ’93.
On February 21, Chicago Fellows got the chance to learn from Seth Green ’01 (pictured above with a tie), Founding Director of the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility at Loyola University at an area committee seminar. Seth spoke about his career in nonprofits, the ins and outs of working with boards, and the importance of an effective fundraising strategy.
Friends of AlumniCorps who tuned in to CBS’s 60 Minutes on January 7 may have heard a familiar voice: Former Project 55 Fellow Chris Mallette ’93 spoke about how police and communities in Chicago are working together with a unique program relying on science and the human touch to curb the city’s infamous murder rate. Learn more about Chris’s feature on the 60 Minutes CBS News website.
On March 10 the New Jersey Area Committee hosted a seminar on “How to Stay Involved in Nonprofit Organizations” featuring a morning keynote by former AlumniCorps board member Margarita Rosa ’74, and a panel on “Life After the Fellowship” moderated by Aaron Buchman ’08. Panelists were Lauren Peccoralo ’01, Stephanie Ramos ’00, Kevin Reich ’00, Schuyler Softy ’11. Paul Nehring ’10 served as discussant.
About 30 people came out to the day’s events, held at AlumniCorps’ offices at 12 Stockton Street, Princeton. Pictured, from left to right: Tom Magnus ’77, Mercy Salaz Byrne ’83, Tim Byrne ’83, Justine Hamilton ’17, Harold Cotton-Max ’91 (current AlumniCorps Board member), Schuyler Softy ’11, Marcos Vigil ’97 (current AlumniCorps Board member), Aaron Buchman ’08, Margarita Rosa ’74, Marsha Rosenthal ’76, Stephanie Ramos ’00, Sahand Keshavarz Rahbar ’17, Michael Buchman ’73, Kevin Reich ’00.
On Tuesday, April 10, 2018 the New York Steering Committee met to plan activities and seminars for the incoming cohort of Project 55 Fellows. They were joined by AlumniCorps President & Executive Director Kef Kasdin ’85. Attendees included Amy Olivero ’13 (board member), Scott Taylor ’75, Judy Surratt s’55 (board member), Moriah Akers ’14, Andrew Protain ’08 (board member), Kef, Rainah Berlowitz ’97, Maria Katarina Rafael ’15, Andrew Goldstein ’06, Molly O’Neill ’14. Taking the picture: Olympia Moy ’05.
The Washington, DC Area Committee hosted a seminar on the State of Public Education in DC. Attendees included two current Fellows—Furman Haynes ’17 and Tess Bissell ’17— a past Fellow—Joelle Deleveaux ’16— and Clara Botstein ’07. The event was held at CityBridge Education’s offices at the Watergate in DC. Attendees heard from Catharine Bellinger ’15 (pictured left) of Democrats for Educations Reform (DFER) DC and Maggie Bello (pictured right), Chief Academic Officer of Two Rivers Public Charter School.
Two years ago we profiled May Mark, an alumna of the ’14 – ’15 Emerging Leaders cohort in NYC. May had just relocated to the Bay Area from New York City. When May decided to move on from the tech startup that she joined, she turned to the AlumniCorps network to help her learn more about opportunities in the Bay Area.
May enrolled in Duke University’s intensive 17-month Cross Continent MBA program and she found that the degree complemented the skills she had acquired in Emerging Leaders. “EL helped me to focus on who I am as a leader and how I see myself in the context of others. It was a very safe space with a master facilitator and many opportunities to practice what we were learning… I had already done self-reflection, so I had a strong sense of who I was and where I need to grow.” Like many Emerging Leaders alumni, May credits her program facilitator in NYC with the program’s success: “Yael was an amazing facilitator. I spend a lot of time in the professional development space for adult learning and she’s definitely masterful at what she does.”
Thanks to the global MBA program, May now has classmates around the world. Because of her MBA cohort and other communities May is part of, she says, “I feel very comfortable reaching out to others in a new environment.” Thus, it comes as no surprise that when May got an email from AlumniCorps describing the vibrant Bay Area Steering Committee, she reached out toSteering Committee member Julie Rubinger Doupé ’09. “This new AlumniCorps community was an extension of the one I’d joined in NYC during the Emerging Leaders program. Even though the Bay Area is different, both communities have shared values.”
Indeed, the Bay Area Steering Committee wasted no time in asking May to lead a seminar that December on Managing Up (see photo). She taught Fellows how to be proactive with their managers by using tactics like anticipating managers’ needs and being crystal clear with deliverables. “I really enjoy working with adult learners. My seminar included brainstorming, role-playing, and lots of discussion.” The experience differed from sessions with Emerging Leaders because the Fellows are much earlier in their careers. “The way I crafted the seminar was definitely informed by my reflections on my early work experience. I wish someone would have shared this information with me when I first entered the workforce!”
“I started to proactively build out my network, and Julie really helped me get to know people in the Bay Area.” May was able to secure a position as the Deputy School Support Lead at XQ, an organization that sparked a cultural conversation last fall to rethink high school nationwide. The organization began with XQ: The Super School Project, a competition inviting America to reimagine high school. Currently, May is focused on cultivating communities of practice among the XQ Schools, methodically encouraging school leaders and teachers to connect and learn from each other.
As May finishes her first year at XQ, the current cohort of Emerging Leaders participants are getting ready for their final sessions and closing celebrations. She reflects, “I didn’t see the Emerging Leaders Closing Celebration as the end of my experience… it was the start. I’d encourage the current cohort to continue to take the content you’ve learned and work with it… use it to reach out to others.” We’re happy to report that Project 55 Fellows in the Bay Area are benefiting from May taking her own advice.