During the winter break between the 2022-23 academic year semesters, MolBio concentrators Leuna Sen '24, Jack Shigata '23, and Gillian Hilscher '23 stepped up to contribute to the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship.
During the winter break between the 2022-23 academic year semesters, The Office of the Dean of the College's Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) partnered with the New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science (NJ ACTS) on an NIH grant-funded opportunity that connected five Princeton students with four community partners leading public health research projects. Among the group were three Molecular Biology undergraduates.
Leuna Sen ‘24 worked on the project “Ecological Health in Trenton,” supporting research led by UrbanPromise Trenton (UPT), in collaboration with community partners at the East Trenton Collaborative and LeadFree NJ. According to Michael Lovaglio, Academic and Program Director at UrbanPromise, ”While good and vital work has been done, research on the history of ecological health in the city is of paramount importance, as well as current studies on clear air and water in relationship with neighboring communities.” Leuna “put together a brilliant academic paper with 95 sources. 95 SOURCES! Leuna's patience and tenacity resulted in outstanding research that has set the foundation for the necessary work of ecological health at UPT.”
Gillian Hilscher ‘23 and Jack Shigeta ‘23 collaborated with the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice (BRCSJ) on the project “Healthcare Roadmap for Transgender Youth.” Alia Shinbrough, M.Div, Minister for Queer Liberation at the BRCSJ, said of the students’ contribution: “By highlighting accurate, relevant information and resources about the possibilities for transition services, including healthcare, Gillian and Jack's work centers the agency and decision-making capacity of those most deeply affected by discourse around trans lives – trans people themselves. Here at the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice we affirm the dignity and worth of trans lives in our work everyday, and the work these extraordinary students compiled will only enhance BRCSJ's service to trans and gender diverse people in NJ and beyond as we live into our mission as an intersectional community activist center, educational bridge, and safe space for all our beautifully diverse communities.”