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About Our Work

Haas Center at night
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The Haas Center for Public Service inspires Stanford University to realize a more just and sustainable world through service, scholarship, and community partnerships.

Cardinal Service

The Haas Center is the hub of Cardinal Service, a university-wide initiative that reaffirms service as a distinctive feature of a Stanford education. It is catalyzed by the Haas Center for Public Service with support from  Student Affairs, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE), Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE), and the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL). Cardinal Service will continue to expand community engaged learning courses; increase the number of full-time, quarter-long service fellowships; and strengthen efforts to encourage service commitments and careers.

Cardinal Service 2020

Principles of Ethical and Effective Service

  • Humility
  • Respect and Inclusion
  • Reciprocity
  • Preparation
  • Safety and Well-being
  • Accountability
  • Evaluation
  • Learning and Reflection

Pathways of Public Service

  • Direct Service
  • Community Engaged Learning and Research
  • Activism
  • Philanthropy
  • Policy/Politics
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
A commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion is integral to accomplishing the Haas Center’s mission to realize a more just and sustainable world.

Programs at a Glance

Frequently Asked Questions

Special Programs