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Make a Cardinal Commitment

Student members of Side By Side at the Cardinal Service Fair 2019

There are four parts to a Cardinal Commitment:

  1. Explore your options.
    Find out about the opportunities that are part of Cardinal Commitment and join or apply. You may already be involved with an eligible organization or student group.
  2. Declare your Commitment.
    Apply for the program by providing some information about the organization you'll be working with and who your mentor will be. You will also create a mission statement that lays out your goals and outcomes for your public service.
  3. Engage in service work.
    A Cardinal Commitment includes at least three quarters of significant work with your chosen organization. Use the Principles of Ethical and Effective Service to guide you, contact us when you need support, and discuss your experience with your Cardinal Commitment mentor along the way.
  4. Certify completion.
    After three quarters, you'll be eligible to certify your Commitment. Visit your status page to reflect on your journey and submit your request for certification.

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

Questions? Contact Pete Cerneka, Cardinal Commitment program director.

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."