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Haas Center and Cardinal Service: COVID-19 FAQs

Mar 18 2020

Frequently Asked Questions about advising and service programs

You may be wondering how the unfolding COVID-19 situation will affect Haas Center for Public Service and Cardinal Service programs and operations. Haas Center staff remain eager to assist students, faculty, and community partners during this difficult time. Given the quickly evolving situation, programs and events may change, and we will update this page as needed.

Up-to-date information about Stanford's COVID-19 response is always available at

Will the Haas Center be open? Can I study there?

Effective Tuesday, March 17, the Haas Center building will be closed while the Bay Area “shelter in place” order is in effect. However, advisors are ready to talk with you about ways to get involved in service where you are and to help with service questions via Zoom. Email to set up an appointment.

Can I get service advising during this time? 

Yes! We are here as a resource to help you think about service - whether ways to get involved in community care immediately where you are or if you’re thinking longer-term. Please email with your questions and availability to get on a Zoom call. An advisor will reach out to schedule a virtual advising session within 48 hours.

Can I still get help with my public service job search?

Yes! The Cardinal Careers team offers Zoom advising to support students with job and fellowships searches and more general career advising. Sign up for an appointment time via Handshake - scroll down to select Public Service & Social Impact.

What’s happening with Cardinal Quarter?

Program staff are in regular contact with all participants with the most recent developments. For additional questions about your Cardinal Quarter, please contact

I have questions about Community Service Work-Study in spring and summer. Whom should I contact?

For questions about CSWS, please contact program director Yvette Zepeda at

Will you offer student workshops in spring?

Yes, we will offer student workshops via Zoom in spring quarter. Check our Workshops page to learn about and register for upcoming virtual workshops. 

How will this situation affect fulfilling my Cardinal Commitment? 

We have adjusted the ways in which students can complete their Cardinal Commitment in spring quarter, if they previously planned to do so this spring. Read the details, and please email if you have other questions or would like to schedule time to talk with Kelly, Pete, or Alex.

Will the Education Partnerships programs still be engaging with local youth for tutoring and mentoring?

The program directors are meeting with community partners to better understand community needs. Each program will be addressing needs differently. For more information, please contact the individual program directors. 

Are there any more public service fellowships being offered for graduating seniors and coterms?

Round II Community Impact Fellowships are still available, with exciting new placement partners.  Deadline to apply is April 12. The new placements are available on the Cardinal Careers website.

Graduating  seniors and coterms are also eligible to apply for the Graduate Fellowship for Community Engaged Research.

Will your workshop series for graduate students continue?

Yes, our graduate student workshops will continue via Zoom. The series is open to graduate students, as well as undergraduates, postdocs, lecturers, staff, etc. 

Are you still accepting applications for the Graduate Fellowship for Community Engaged Research?

Yes, the Haas Center is still accepting applications for the Graduate Fellowship for Community Engaged Research until April 3 at 11:59pm. As a Stanford program, the fellowship must abide by all Stanford University guidelines and travel restrictions related to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The application form has been modified to include a section in which you can describe your alternate plans for your research/project, should travel and other restrictions continue into the summer. Strong applications will include both strong project proposals and strong contingency proposals. Find more information here.

I requested my absentee ballot to be mailed to me in California. What should I do?

If your absentee ballot is coming to Stanford, but you're at home because of the health emergency, you can change your address through TurboVote. If you have questions about the status of your requested mail-in ballot, contact your local election authoritySee registration deadlines here.

For the U.S. Census on April 1, should I be counted at Stanford or at home?

Whether you're still on campus or have had to relocate home temporarily, you will be counted at Stanford on April 1. Please visit the Census@Stanford page for more information.

Are there ways I can continue to be involved in service from off-campus?

 We are considering ways - paid and unpaid - for students to continue their service. Helping you connect with relevant opportunities is easiest done in a conversation. Please send an email to with your questions and  availability to get on a Zoom call. An advisor will reach out to schedule a virtual advising session within 48 hours.

Will you host community partner events in spring?

We are postponing our April 1 strategic planning workshop and our April 23 Community Partner Celebration until further notice.

I teach a Cardinal Course – are there resources to help me adapt my community engaged learning component?

Yes, we have compiled resources for you, and our team is available to support you in thinking through how you can develop alternative, virtual partnerships for spring quarter. We encourage you to reach out to our team at

Whom do I contact with general questions or help with service opportunities?

Please email We are checking this email frequently during working hours to connect you to the right staff member to help. You can also contact Haas Center staff members directly.

Stanford Policies, Support, and Mental Health Resources

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Who can I talk to about anxiety and stress at this difficult time?

Other questions?

Please contact us at if you have questions that aren't covered here.