Office of Wintersession and Campus Engagement

Students playing outside in the snow.

The Office of Wintersession and Campus Engagement is a two-week experience for Princeton University community members to experiment and explore through unexpected, active and intriguing non-graded learning and development opportunities. Undergraduate students, graduate students, staff and faculty can participate as teachers, learners or both.

Who We Are

The Office of Wintersession and Campus Engagement (OWCE) has two central charges from which our work flows. The first is to create, implement, and manage the new Wintersession enrichment and activity period in Princeton's academic calendar, which will begin in January 2021. Wintersession is a two-week experience for Princeton University community members to experiment and explore through unexpected, active and intriguing non-graded learning and growth opportunities. We seek to use the skills and talents of our whole community: undergraduate students, graduate students, staff and faculty can participate as teachers, learners or both. The second charge of OWCE is to create new or enhance existing opportunities for campus engagement, writ large.

 

Our Impact

  • Conducted 102 Wintersession presentations for a wide range of campus groups (undergraduate groups, graduate groups, administrative offices, academic departments, etc.)
  • Successfully opened the Wintersession proposal portal May 18, 2020 and as of July 6, 2020 there have been 111 proposals started and 50 final proposals submitted from administrators, faculty, undergraduate students and graduate students alike
  • Over 500 virtual events posted on the Virtual Programming Calendar in spring and summer 2020, from offices and student groups throughout the University
  • Over 10,000 views of the Virtual Programming Calendar in spring and summer 2020

What We Do

  • Conduct outreach to students, staff and faculty about the value of participating in Wintersession as a facilitator, learner or both
  • Design and implement all of the processes for Wintersession, including the proposal portal, registration process and supporting facilitators as they plan their sessions
  • Offer OWCE-led workshops and events during Wintersession that align with student need and interest
  • Work closely with Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Government to insure Wintersession and campus engagement initiatives are meeting students’ needs and interests
  • Lead the Wintersession Advisory Committee, a think tank of students, staff and faculty who consult on the key directions of Wintersession
  • Virtual community building, including managing a University-wide virtual programming calendar
  • Conduct and disseminate research on peer institutions’ student engagement work
  • Convening campus administrators who supervise Princeton’s 13 peer to peer education groups on campus
  • Contribute to first year orientation by helping to revision the major diversity and inclusion program