Campus Life

A Message from Vice President Calhoun

Dear Campus Life Colleagues,

I hope that this note finds you all doing well.  Thank you for all that you are doing to keep our students, both on- and off-campus, connected and engaged.  This is an extraordinary time for Princeton and all of higher education—not to mention the world.

And, while this is an extraordinary time, we will come through it—I believe—a stronger, more focused and more intentional community.  For this reason, it gives me great pleasure to (at last) share with you the Empower & Engage: Campus Life Strategic Plan 2020- 2025.

I want to thank colleagues from all areas of Campus Life who served on the strategic planning groups for their hard work and guidance.  And, to everyone who took the time to provide feedback and new ideas as the strategic plan took shape.

As we say in the plan, “now the real work begins.”  In the coming weeks, we will be introducing our thoughts for how we might successfully implement and measure the five strategic goals that are outlined in the plan.  I look forward to this next stage of our work.

In the meantime, stay well.

All the best,

Spotlight: The Office of Religious Life

The Office of Religious Life plays so many different roles for different people, and most of our programming is open to staff.  We work to support every member of the University community, and that includes you!

There are services of worship and other sacred rituals that you are most welcome to join.   The Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Unitarian and Christian traditions have chaplains to lead their programs, but student-led organizations also flourish at Princeton, including gatherings for Sikhs, Baha’is, Latter Day Saints, and others.  In addition to services there are times for sacred text study, 1:1 pastoral counseling, meditation, and performances of sacred music.  We bring guest speakers to campus, sponsor panels and discussions, and encourage interfaith engagement and learning.  Weddings take place in the University Chapel throughout the year, and staff are most welcome to hold their ceremonies there.

During these challenging days of stay-at-home orders, anxiety, illness, and death, please know that the ORL is still here for you.  We are continuing many of our programs these days, only virtually.  On our website you will information and links to religious services, meditation, performances of choral and organ work, text study, and more.  Sunday Chapel services are available for viewing each weekend.  All of us on the ORL staff are eager to support you during these difficult times, and I encourage you to reach out to us for pastoral support whenever you want it.  We are here for you!

Alison Boden
Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel

In this issue, we bring you:

A few newsworthy items, professional development opportunities, and Campus Life in action.

News & Announcements

A Note from the Campus Life Development Committee:
As Rochelle mentioned in the March newsletter, “we are living and working in extraordinary times.”  Our new normal comes with many challenges, including the fact that most of us are working remotely and without the benefits of the in-person collaboration that we all appreciate.  Please know that the Campus Life Development Committee is working to address this reality by developing opportunities for virtual connection, development, and wellness.  We are moving scheduled programs for Campus Life staff online if they are compatible with this format, and will be offering new ways to engage remotely.  This newsletter outlines a number of initial ideas and opportunities, but we welcome your input for future programming.  Please share your thoughts via the following survey:

All the best,
The Campus Life Development Committee
TO: All Staff
FROM: Lianne Sullivan-Crowley, Vice President for Human Resources
SUBJECT: Staff Town Hall Meeting This Thursday
DATE: April 7, 2020
We know this is a difficult time for our staff. In the spirit of keeping in touch with each other and being informed, Princeton’s leadership is hosting a Town Hall webinar this Thursday, April 9, from 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. using Zoom. We invite you to attend to listen to President Eisgruber and others discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on our community.
Due to technical limitations, attendance is limited to the first 1,000 registrants. The session will be recorded and posted online later that evening for all to access.
Attendees should register here:
Staff can email questions in advance to Time permitting, a limited number of questions will be accepted through the Zoom Webinar question and answer function.
We hope you will attend!

The Student Advising and Campus Programmers Group is open to staff who work closely with students, graduate and undergraduate, in providing and supporting community-building programs. Facilitated by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, this group meets monthly to discuss topics of student programming, including policies and practices, student leadership, and assessment, and provide a space to identify opportunities for collaborations among departments.

Join us for this month’s meeting on Thursday, April 9, at 9:30am-10:30am EST, on Zoom, This month’s agenda topics: recruiting student leaders and student staff remotely and updates on virtual programming.

The latest updates for the University community about COVID-19 are available on the University’s coronavirus website. The site contains recent communications with important information for students, faculty and staff, as well as FAQs.

COVID-19: Coronavirus Information

Professional Development Opportunities


Ask the Associations: Q&A with NASPA, NODA, ACPA, ACUHO-I & ACUI on COVID-19

Thursday, April 9 @ 5:00 pm EDT
With institutions across the world changing what support and engagement looks like for their students, it is no surprise that life (and work) for student affairs professionals looks different as well.
Professional associations are the center and heart of the growth and knowledge of student affairs. While they are helping thousands of institutions across the nation navigate the changes, they have the pulse on the trends, strategies, and solutions being implemented for staff and student success.
In this one of a kind webinar, the leadership from NASPA, NODA, ACPA, ACUHO-I and ACUI to discuss their guidance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click HERE to RSVP

Supporting Difficult Conversations 
With Jess Joseph, PhD
Taleris Free Lunch And Learn Seminars


Wednesday, April 22nd
12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

Zoom link for the meeting (we’ll record too!)

Join Jess Joseph, PhD, Outreach Psychologist, TigerWell Initiative in exploring some basic topics and concepts for supporting yourself and students in difficult conversations.  We’ll focus on ways to hold space for grief, loss, navigating perspectives that don’t align with own, as well as coping with burnout and the desire to “problem solve.” 

Please complete this quick form by April 17 to help Jess tailor our conversation to meet your needs. 

We hope you will participate in the Virtual Campus Life New Employee Meet-up on Thursday, April 23rd from 10am-11am. For Zoom link, please RSVP directly to Anne Laurita at


●  Employee Learning Center​ ​(topic-specific courses – online)

●  Employee Resource Groups​ (comprised of faculty and staff who share common backgrounds and interests, and provide opportunities to engage across campus)

●  HR Tools and Materials​ (​templates, worksheets, planning tools)

●  HR-Career Development​ ​(individual coaching sessions for career direction)

●  LinkedIN Learning (previously

Campus Life in Action

Are you interested in using your skills and talents to help K-12 students during this crisis?

The Pace Center for Civic Engagement and Computer Science Professor JP Singh are working to put together a Princeton Online Tutoring Network to enable Princeton undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni to contribute tutoring assistance to underrepresented K-12 students in this unprecedented time of disruption. K-12 students from underrepresented populations (low-income, first generation, students of color) are having their learning severally disrupted, with consequences that are difficult to reverse. The Princeton community could serve as tutors in a free, volunteer tutoring network. Ideally, the tutoring network will be utilized even after this crisis is past, becoming one of the many good things that hopefully emerge. Please complete and submit this form to express interest in serving as a remote tutor. Please click "submit" at the bottom to ensure we receive your results.

If you have any questions, contact Kimberly de los Santos at

Office of Religious Life Weekly Programming 

Daily Meditation from Monday – Fridays, 4pm Link here

Dean Matt is leading a ten minute Daily Meditation on Zoom (Monday to Friday at 4pm for 10 minutes). Please contact Dean Matt Weiner if you have any questions,

Shanti in Place on Tuesdays, 12pm Link here

Yoga wisdom for managing Covid-19 anxiety. All are welcome, and no experience with meditation or spirituality is required. Please contact Vineet Chander, with questions.

Hour of Power on Wednesdays, 12pm Link here

Our mid-week worship service is now broadcast via zoom. Please contact Dean Thames if you have any questions,

Mindfulness Meditation on Thursdays, 12:30pm Link here

Dean Matt’s Mindfulness Meditation is now held each week on Zoom. Please contact Dean Matt Weiner if you have any questions,

Jummah Gathering Online on Fridays, 1:15pm Link here

Please contact Imam Sohaib Sultan with any questions,


Sunday Worship Service on Sundays, 11am Link here

Listen to preachings from Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D. and Rev. Dr. Theresa Thames, as well as magnificent music with special guest soloists, Eric Plutz, University Organist, and Penna Rose, Director of Chapel Music. 

Visit the Chapel website & Office of Religious Life website for more information about all that we offer!

Aa wisdom talk by Anjani Gharpure
Teacher and Author,
Yoga to Master the Mind

Thursday, April 16 at 6pm EST on ZOOM

Click here to join at the meeting time.

Meeting ID: 177 020 199
Password: 399875
Sonalee Rashatwar (she/they), an award-winning clinical social worker, sex therapist, adjunct lecturer, and grassroots organizer will be hosting a workshop on the topic: race is a body image issue- politicizing our understanding of body image, while offering ways to unlearn fatphobia on April 17 at 12PM EST. For Zoom link:
Nominations for Spirit of Princeton Award
ODUS is now accepting nominations for the twenty-fifth annual Spirit of Princeton Award!

The Spirit of Princeton Award recognizes students who have made a strong commitment to enhancing the undergraduate experience through contributions to student organizations, athletics, community service, religious life, residential life, and the arts. All undergraduates are eligible for nomination, and any member of the University community may submit a nomination.
Nominations should be emailed to and are due by 5 pm EST on Friday, April 17, 2020.
For more information, please visit the awards page.
Step It Up: Walking Challenge (Yellowstone National Park)
In an effort to encourage community engagement while maintaining physical distancing and overall wellbeing, we ask that you come join us on a walk around Yellowstone National Park! Don’t worry, it’s 100% virtual but the steps are real! Individual and team participation is welcome.

The challenge begins Saturday, April 11th! Every step counts, whether you’re walking, jogging or running.
Go here for more information and to register, then receive a link to participate with instructions by Friday, April 10th.

Campus Life in Action

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