Unsure of the first step in your service journey? Questions about a service program? Advisors at the Haas Center are happy to help.
General service advising
It can be overwhelming to choose from the large number of service opportunities available at Stanford. At the Haas Center, we’re here to help you find opportunities that are a good fit for you!
Visit us on the first floor in the Bing Information and Resource Center (BIRC) for walk-in advising or schedule a time with a Cardinal Service Peer Advisor (scroll down). We also offer study breaks, workshops, and retreats throughout the year to help you build service skills, explore careers, and develop as a leader.
Cardinal Commitment advising
Need advice on declaring your commitment or help finding an organization to work with? Contact Cardinal Commitment program staff.
Staff who specialize in Cardinal Careers advising are available to help you navigate your service career search or apply for a fellowship.
Meet the team
The Cardinal Service Peer Advisors are current Stanford students who have participated in a variety of Stanford public service opportunities. The Peer Advisors are available to answer questions from students about Cardinal Service opportunities throughout campus and beyond. Feel free to reach out and ask them for advice on all things public service!
Sean Casey is a junior majoring in economics and political science. He thought he wanted to be a scientist when he grew up, but after taking college science classes, he thinks this whole public service thing might be a better fit. Sean is interested in social movements, campaigns, and law, and he’s especially into the organization and management facets of political change. On campus, Sean is a Director at Stanford in Government, the co-chair of the Democracy Day Coordinating Committee, and an RA for the Political Psychology Research Group. He’s also the National Vice President of Every Vote Counts, a nonprofit focused on youth turnout, and a co-founder of the CIVIC Coalition. Ask Sean about voting rights, jobs in politics/campaigns, football (American and otherwise), or anything else! Schedule an appointment with Sean.
Tanner Christensen (he/they) is a sophomore majoring in psychology with minors in Spanish and dance. Born and raised in Utah, he comes from a very religious upbringing that has restricted his access to explore his identity and beliefs. However, at Stanford, he has been enriched with such a supportive and diverse community that has challenged his preconceived notions about the world, and has allowed him to do things he never thought imaginable. Outside of working at the Haas Center, he is on the Stanford Cheer Team (Go Card!), a communications intern for Root & Rebound, a member of Stanford Housing Justice, and a devout lover of caffeine. Come see Tanner at the Haas Center if you ever need help navigating any part of the Stanford community, or if you just want to have a good laugh over coffee. Schedule an appointment with Tanner.
Gabby Crooks is a junior majoring in international relations with minors in human rights and Spanish. She hails from the D.C. area, and her close proximity to the city, paired with serving as a defense lawyer for the Big Bad Wolf at nine years old, inspired her to pursue a legal career. She is interested in becoming an international human rights attorney, with interests in immigration advocacy and sustainable and equitable development in Latin America and Africa. At Stanford, Gabby serves as one of the co-presidents of Stanford Women in Law, as well as being an Undergraduate Senator on the ASSU Senate and an associate at the Black House. Feel free to ask Gabby about advocacy, being pre-law, how to transform your engagement with public service into a career, or how many Netflix shows she’s currently watching (at last count, three). Schedule an appointment with Gabby.
Siddharth (Sid) Gehlaut (he/him) is a senior from the Chicago suburbs. He is majoring in economics and minoring in classics and economics. Public service has been a key part of Sid’s experience at Stanford—as a sophomore, he pre-assigned to the public service dorm program, and as a junior, he staffed the program. He has enjoyed exploring the Haas Center’s Pathways through various clubs and organizations on campus, including SENSA, a Cardinal Quarter with the King Center, and as an Emerson Fellow. He is also a peer advisor for the economics department and is part of the Frosh 101 program. Come talk to Sid to talk about service opportunities on campus, exploring the different pathways of service, good coffee, or the most binge-worthy shows on Netflix. Schedule an appointment with Sid.
Becca McCabe (she/her) is a junior from a small town in southeastern Arizona. She is majoring in communication, though it took a few years of deliberation to make that decision. Becca hopes to use her degree to enter the business world as a corporate event planner (!) or create graphics/posts for social media marketing. Becca will be working at the Haas Center for Public Service as the communications coordinator, and is excited for the new experiences that will come with the position. Growing up in a small town gave her many service opportunities, and she hopes to spread opportunities on campus to all the students attending Stanford. Becca also participates in the Stanford American Indian Organization core on the Sibs Committee, and will be helping with the SAIO Powwow later in the year. She loves to watch TV (mostly kids shows/cartoon movies), take night walks around campus, and is obsessed with boba! Feel free to talk to Becca about anything and everything! Schedule an appointment with Becca.
Megha Parwani is a senior majoring in philosophy and political science. She grew up in the United States, India, and Singapore and is passionate about democracy reform, civic education, and global education. As a research assistant at the Center for Deliberative Democracy, she has helped design several deliberative events and experiments, aimed at seeing how having people study and discuss policy before forming policy opinions can affect public attitudes and polarization. During a gap year during 2020-21, she was a project director at the democracy reform nonprofit, Equal Citizens, and helped set up its new deliberation program, Deliberations.US. In addition, she co-founded the South Asian Winter Camp, a research-based education and mentorship program that served nearly 400 students from five South Asian countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the aim of building cross-cultural, student-centered virtual classrooms. Besides public service, Megha loves to eat desserts, watch reality TV and read fiction—and speak with new people about how they can get involved! Schedule an appointment with Megha.