Campus Life

October 2020
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Newsletter Spotlight

Last year, Princeton ROTC celebrated 100 years of service at Princeton University and despite the obvious challenges this year, with the global pandemic, the Princeton ROTC program has continued to grow to over 70 students strong -- the largest the program has been since the 1990’s. We have welcomed roughly 20 incoming students into the program this academic year and, currently, there is a total of 49 Army, 15 Navy, and 8 Air Force cadets and midshipmen in the program as a whole.
This past spring, we were proud to host and observe the first ever virtual commissioning ceremony of 11 Princeton students who became commissioned officers in the Navy and Army. The ROTC program staff worked diligently to create a meaningful experience for students and their families and communities.
This fall, the Army ROTC program welcomed back to campus over half of its students for classes, physical training and labs. 33% of Army ROTC cadets have chosen to live on campus, 25% are commuting from within the Princeton vicinity and 42% have chosen to remain fully virtual. The Navy and Air Force programs, normally hosted at Rutgers University, have remained fully virtual this fall. All three programs continue to work jointly to support the overall student experience.
Our Princeton ROTC instructors have quickly adapted to providing both in-person and virtual classes, training and labs to ensure that our Princeton cadets are set up for success when they transition to military service upon graduation. As a safety precaution, both on-campus and commuting ROTC students and staff are participating in the weekly COVID-19 testing protocol process and are abiding by social distancing procedures during all training, labs and classes.
We thank the staff in Campus Life and all of the campus partners across the university for their support of the Princeton ROTC program and the success of our students. It is greatly appreciated.

In this issue, we bring you:

A few newsworthy items, upcoming events, professional development opportunities, and photos of Campus Life in action.

News & Announcements

Campus Life and ODUS are proud to launch the #PrincetonPromise. No matter where you are, following these guidelines will help keep all of us and our communities, safe. Click here to get involved.
Princeton RISE mini symposia poster

RISE Students Share Racial Justice Learnings

To acknowledge the contributions and learnings of Princeton RISE students, five mini-symposia were held during the week of September 28. Each mini-symposium was led by Princeton RISE peer facilitators and included an overview of the Princeton RISE initiative, presentations of learning by Princeton RISE fellows, and time for questions. The symposia were attended by students, staff, faculty and campus and community partners who supported the students through this initiative. 

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2021 BHM Committee

Interested in helping shape Black History Month (BHM) in February 2021? All Princeton students, staff, and faculty are welcomed to join the Planning Committee. 

Sign-Up here by October 10th
APIDA Heritage Month poster

2021 APIDA Heritage Month Committee

Join the Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans (APIDA) Heritage Month Committee to help plan events, programs, and workshops for April 2021. Open to students, staff, and faculty.

Sign-Up here by October 10th
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Creating a Community of Practice for D&I

This fall, in addition to engaging students, ODI is focusing on training and creating spaces for staff to increase their knowledge and skills related to diversity and inclusion through the restorative practices workshop series, as well as antiracism training efforts.

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Staff recommendations

The Social Engagement Committee asked for your favorite recreation spots, tasty eateries and unique shops!

Want to add something? Email Andria Mirabal with your recommendation! We hope you find a new hidden gem!

Click here to see recommendations.
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Dillon Gym Usage

Campus Recreation reopened Dillon Gym on Monday, September 14th for students approved to be on campus. In the last 15 days, there have been 347 unique participants - an average of 121 students per day.
Graduate Students 71%
Class of 2024 7%
Class of 2023 6%
Class of 2022 5%
Class of 2021 10%

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Wintersession poster

Submit Your Proposal for Wintersession 2021 by Oct. 6

We still want your proposals! Any individual or office interested in facilitating a workshop or leading an evening event can submit a proposal at before the final proposal deadline of October 6, 2020.

Questions or want to talk through your half- or full-baked idea(s)?  Contact Judy & Leanna at

Upcoming Events

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Flu Fest: A flu vaccination clinic
October 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14 • Jadwin Gym • No RSVP Necessary
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Tiger Ballot Day
October 10, 2020
Allow me to reintroduce myself presented by the Campus Life Social Engagement Committee poster
10/13 • 12-12:45 p.m. • Zoom
We miss you all – We want to reconnect, but not just with you, but your whole family (that includes your fur babies!). Jump on Zoom either by yourself or with your kids, dogs, cats, gerbils, roommates, anybody you consider your at home family and introduce them to your Princeton family! If your dog can jump through a hula hoop, we’d love to see it. If your toddler can count to ten, we can’t wait to hear it!

Can’t attend?: Complete this Google form with a short 10-30 second video introduction of you at home with family, pets, or fun things around the house, and we will show it during our event.
Virtual group fitness class poster
Join Campus Rec this Fall on Zoom for Virtual Group Fitness where our certified instructors will lead a variety of cardio, strength and mindfulness practices! Classes are free for all Princeton University students, faculty, staff and Dillon Gym members.
2020 LHM poster
2020 Latinx Heritage Month
Loteria Game Night • Oct. 18th • 7 pm EST • RSVP link
DACA or Deportation • Oct. 20th • 5 pm EST • Event link
Cristina Rivera Garza • Nov. 10th • 5 pm EST • Event link

Professional Development Opportunities

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Employee Learning Center: Health & Wellness Educational Classes
Oct 06 • 12:00 pm: The Mindful Tiger
Oct 08 • 12:00 pm: Exercise and Aging
Oct 21 • 12:00 pm: The Truth about Weight Loss
Please register online through the Employee Learning Center to reserve a "seat"  (  After logging in, click on "Training by Topic" and then "Health & Wellness.
To see all offerings go to:

Campus Life in Action

Painting of multi-colored fist raised in solidarity
Video of Gavin Jones from CPS
If you need to completely take a break from the news and social media right now, it's OK.
Emmanuel C. Ekwedike *20
Be a Tiger - Register to Vote
Red bike outside of Rockefeller College
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