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How to Make a Cardinal Commitment




Making a Cardinal Commitment is easy! Engaging in the public service work is the challenge and reward. 

There are 3 simple steps to making a Cardinal Commitment.

First start your Commitment by submitting your "Declaration" or your public service mission statement.

Your mission statement will drive your Commitment, so when creating it, consider your motivations, hopes, goals and outcomes for your public service.

A part of Declaring is letting us know who you want to serve as your Cardinal Commitment Mentor. (Make sure you ask this person before you Declare.) 

Next, you "Engage" in your work. For at least three quarters, your Cardinal Commitment should be your primary priority outside of academics. Use the Pathways of Public Service and Principles of Ethical and Effective Service guide you, contact us when you need support, and discuss your experience with your Cardinal Commitment Mentor along the way.

Lastly, you "Certify" that you have completed your Commitment by reflecting on your experience. 

We'll check in with your Mentor to see how it went as well. 


Check out the examples below of Cardinal Commitment mission statements and reflections, then make your own!

Mission Statements

At the beginning of their commitment, students describe their goals or commitments in 100 words or less.

Shannon Richardson

I am committed to providing health care in underserved areas as a means of making the world a better, more equitable place and inspiring others to do the same.
Shannon Richardson, '20

Jacob Pressman

I am committed to providing educational mentorship to help younger students uncover unrealized opportunities.
- Jacob Pressman, '20

Oluremi Akindele

I am committed to proliferating the spirit of public service across my dorm community and encouraging others in my dorm to seek out their own public service opportunities.
- Oluremi Akindele, '21

Siddharth Kapoor

I am committed to universal and equal access to education across all levels. I am committed to enabling children to tap into their potential and make the most of their lives. I am committed to ensuring that each and every child is loved and taken good care of.
- Siddharth Kapoor, '21


After working at their commitment for at least three quarters, students reflect on how the experience has affected them or changed their goals.

  • "I’ve always loved doing direct service but it wasn't until I joined Education Partnerships that I began to question the ethics, reasons, and implications of the work I was doing. Participating in Education Partnerships, not just for three quarters, but for three years, has opened my eyes to the complexities of achieving educational equity. I've met fantastic people through the program, had challenging discussions, loved writing my education philosophy and doing research on educators, which all have helped me grow.  I found fantastic role models in the program directors, who have inspired me to continue to learn so that I can continue to contribute to addressing the challenges in education."
  • "Through the experience of the past three months focused on education policy, I have developed the strong belief that no public service career is more significant than teaching and that it deserves all the respect and prestige we assign to policymakers, NGO and non-profit leaders, public law servants, and government officials. I hope one day that we can transform our culture into one that believes the same."
  • "Over the past three quarters I have found that the principles that were the most relevant were humility and preparation. The people coming to the Clinics had no other access to health care but came to the Clinics with so much resilience, which put into perspective how much support I have when I get just a cold. It inspired me to be sure I was more than adequately trained to assist at the Clinics, doing all of the required trainings, even if it seemed time consuming."


Questions? Contact Kelly Beck.