Carla Dias ’21 takes “In the Service of Humanity” to heart. During the fall semester, she spent her Thursdays volunteering at a hospice facility, feeling the acute difference between that environment and the typical undergraduate experience. When she found herself back home in March thanks to the pandemic, she took a similar tack, looking for ways to help in her community.

That quest led her to become national strategy coordinator for the National Student Response Network, which was founded by Harvard Medical School students as a way for health students across the country to become involved in the response to COVID-19. The group matches students with hospitals and local health departments, where they can help take the pressure off overworked, understaffed health services so frontliners can focus on saving lives.

She also volunteers at a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site near her hometown, and encourages her fellow students to find similar opportunities: “I’d argue that there is no better time to reengage with our communities and support the places that supported us on our journey to Princeton.”

Read her full story here.

Maggie Zhang and Daniel He

Alumni create online directory to support local businesses

Mar 30, 2020 Community

Maggie Zhang ’16 and Daniel He ’16 recognize that small businesses are the heart of our communities — and the most susceptible to the economic effects of the pandemic. To help those businesses survive, they created Local for Later, an online directory to promote local businesses through gift cards. they wrote on their site, which has grown to include 11 U.S. cities.

Each city’s list is made up of businesses submitted by users, and includes restaurants, shops, and activities like theaters and tour companies.

See the lists and add your favorite here.

Messages to #VirtualPrincetonU

Princeton Faculty Members Send Greetings As Classes Go Virtual

Mar 26, 2020 Community , Education

No one has all the answers about what comes next, not even Princeton faculty. But as Princeton shifted to virtual learning during the COVID-19 outbreak, professors from across disciplines sent warm video reassurance that their mission remained the same, and that Princeton is wherever you are.

#TellUsTigers Q&A: Tanesha Brown, nurse manager, University Health Services

#TellUsTigers Q&A: Tanesha Brown, nurse manager, University Health Services

Mar 20, 2020 Community , Health Care

Tanesha Brown, the nurse manager at University Health Services, is a critical member of the University’s coronavirus preparedness team, working with a broad range of departments and colleagues across campus. She reflects on addressing the fear of the unknown, how she practices self-care and the most important things she wants people to know during the coronavirus crisis. Read more …