Community Associates

The Community Associates (CA) are full-time graduate students who work for the Office of Graduate Student Life on a part-time basis to help enhance graduate student life, build a sense of community amongst graduate students and plan a variety of events and programs. The Community Associates live in campus housing and can be a resource to help graduate students with residential matters. Joining the Community Associates program is an outstanding way to meet new people, develop leadership and administrative skills, gain useful experience for your resume or C.V., explore specific academic, professional and social interests, and contribute to the graduate experience. The associates are supervised by the assistant dean for residence life and student affairs and work collaboratively with the Community Programs Coordinator and the Associate Dean for Student Life.

Community Associates will receive a housing stipend of $2300/academic year and priority in the graduate housing draw. The stipend is in addition to any research, teaching and/or fellowship awards they may hold, subject to Graduate School and University policies.


To apply to become a community associate, complete and submit a program application here. Applications are due each year in January for the upcoming academic year. Applications should be sent via e-mail to Dean Secora.

Community Associates

Chris Douthitt

4th Year Student
Department of Music

Hello, I'm a Fourth year PhD student in Music Composition. This will be my second year as a CA. I love the outdoors, animals, the arts, and all the strange things that can be found in New Jersey. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and organizing some fun events in Princeton and beyond!

Daniel Vitek

5th Year Student
Department of Mathematics

Hi folks! I'm a fifth year PhD student in mathematics, studying low-dimensional topology.  I enjoy long-distance backpacking, comedy, and trivia.  This is my second year as a Community Associate, and I hope to organize a lot of outdoors activities and trips to local curiosities.  I'm excited to explore Princeton and its surroundings with you all!

Olivia Duddy

Olivia Duddy

2nd Year Student
Department of Molecular Biology

Hi everyone! I’m Olivia and I am a 2nd year graduate student in the Department of Molecular Biology studying quorum sensing in bacteria. In addition to lab work, I want to spend my time at Princeton exploring all the wonderful things the area and New Jersey has to offer. I’m looking forward to planning events for our graduate community and getting to know all of you!

Thomas Wilson

Thomas Wilson

4th Year Student
Department of Classics

Hi! I'm a fourth-year student in Classics, studying early Latin literature, and a first-time Community Associate. I grew up in Australia, and I like to spend my free time hiking, biking, and generally being outdoors. I'm excited to organize events which explore what the town of Princeton has to offer beyond the university.

Malavika Rajeev

4th Year Student
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Hi there! I'm a 4th year PhD student in the Ecology and Infectious Disease Department, studying canine rabies control. I enjoy spicy food, being outside, swimming, and climbing. My dissertation research has kept me away from Princeton quite a bit, so I'm excited to settle in and explore the area with y'all!

Shelby Sinclair

2nd year student
Department of History

Hi everyone! I’m Shelby, a second year PhD student in History, African American Studies, and Gender & Sexuality Studies. I study 19th and 20th century Black women’s intellectual history in the United States and the Caribbean. This is my first year serving as a Community Associate and I’m excited to share my love for trying new food, de-stressing, and exploring new cities. Looking forward to a wonderful year of event planning and getting to know each of you!


Ari Seff

4th Year Student
Department of Computer Science

Hi folks! I’m a fourth year PhD student in computer science, studying machine learning. Outside of work, I love playing tennis, writing music, and catching comedy shows. I’m really looking forward to exploring Princeton and surrounding areas with you all. See you soon!