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Our Mission

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

Our Approach

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The Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University connects academic study with community and public service to strengthen communities and develop effective public leaders. The Center aspires to develop aware, engaged, and thoughtful citizens who contribute to the realization of a more just and sustainable world.

The Haas Center's work is shaped by Stanford's Cardinal Service program, the Principles of Ethical and Effective Service, the Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement, and its commitment to principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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Cardinal Service: Cultivating Civic Identity

Stanford prepares students not only for careers, but for a life of civic purpose—through transformative service experiences, and high-impact teaching, learning, and research.

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Principles of Ethical and Effective Service

Stanford’s Principles of Ethical and Effective Service guide our work with students, faculty, and community partners to inform program design, implementation, and evaluation, as well as to ensure that our work aligns with our values.

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Pathways of Public Service

The Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement describe a range of possibilities by which people can make a contribution to the common good.

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Strategic Action Plan 2022-2027

The Haas Center's five-year strategic action plan serves as a roadmap for the Haas Center's initiatives to:

  1. Educate students for lives of civic purpose
  2. Advance collaborative solutions that strengthen communities
  3. Cultivate a sustainable culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  4. Ensure the organizational vitality of the Haas Center

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