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Partner with the Haas Center

SPIN students at Ravenswood School
The Haas Center’s success in realizing our mission depends upon partnerships with local, national, and global partners. Our partner organizations offer an extension to the Stanford classroom by providing valuable opportunities for our students to apply and expand their academic learning, explore their interests, develop as public service practitioners and leaders, and contribute toward addressing community needs and a just and sustainable world.

The Haas Center receives many wonderful requests for partnership. To assure fairness and due diligence when considering these requests, the center reviews partnership proposals quarterly in mid-December, mid-March, mid-June and mid-September. A committee, including the center’s executive director, faculty codirectors and program staff, reviews the proposals.

To propose a project in partnership with the Haas Center, complete the online application.

We recognize and honor our partners for the important work they do and for their commitment to community and to our students’ learning and professional development. The Haas Center has identified three different types of community partners:

  • Program Partners: Community organizations and/or government agencies that work directly with Haas Center staff to offer ongoing local service opportunities for Stanford students.  Many organizations partner with Cardinal Commitment, that area of Cardinal Service that supports and recognizes students committing to three or more quarters of service with a single organization.  If your organization is interested in becoming a Cardinal Commitment partner, you can reach out directly to Cardinal Commitment Team Leader, Kelly Beck-Sordi.
  • Placement Partners: Community organizations and/or government agencies that host, mentor, and provide valuable service learning opportunities for our students around the world.
  • Signature Partners: Community organizations and/or government agencies that have developed a deep, enduring relationship with the Haas Center. Signature partnerships meet the center's identified needs in local, national, and/or global communities, focusing on education, environment, and health.

The Haas Center’s concept for signature partnerships uses Etienne Wenger’s definition of “communities of practice” as a foundation. A community of practice is a group that is defined by a) a shared domain of interest; b) mechanisms for building community (i.e., interacting, establishing and maintaining relationships, and sharing information); and c) a commitment to practice (i.e., the development of “a shared repertoire of resources: experiences, stories, tools, ways of addressing recurring problems”).

Furthermore, signature partnerships are defined by their ability to a) engage Stanford students, faculty and staff in all six of the public service pathways; b) foster the development of civic leadership competencies; and c) create a measurable impact within a domain of shared interest at the local, national and/or global level.

It is essential that signature partnerships be mutually beneficial. As the Haas Center continues to form and evolve a small number of signature partnerships, we expect that they will adhere to the Principals for Good Community-Campus Partnerships established by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and the Haas Center’s criteria for establishing new programs or partnerships.

For more information about our community partnerships, please email Kristy Lobo.