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Teach a Cardinal Course

Community Engaged Learning is defined as "a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development. Reflection and reciprocity are key concepts of service-learning." Jacoby, Service-Learning in Higher Education, 1996.

One of the primary ways that faculty can assist with the expansion of Community Engaged Learning at Stanford is to teach a Cardinal course. In almost all cases these courses can be treated as a normal part of a faculty member’s teaching load.

Cardinal courses may feature service as an integral component of the academic course experience, may focus on public service as subject matter, or offer preparation for public service internships of fieldwork. Courses may be small, intensive seminars or larger lecture courses with Community Engaged Learning related discussion sections and experiences. The service provides material to be reflected upon and analyzed by participating students, and it may include traditional, hands-on volunteer activity, internships at local organizations, or class projects of policy-related work.

The Haas Center aims to support faculty engaged in service-learning through workshops, advising, and funding.

Advise a Public Service Scholar

The Public Service Scholars Program is a year-long academic program (Urban Studies 198) for seniors interested in writing an honors thesis in an area that is related to or involves service or political action. Faculty can serve as thesis advisors to students in this program and/or encourage students to apply to the program. Deadline for student applications is in mid-April of the student’s junior year.

For more information, contact Clayton Hurd.

Mentor a Haas Center fellowship recipient

The Haas Center offers more than 90 summer and postgraduate fellowships that allow students to explore local, national and international issues. Some of these require or recommend preparatory courses for students to learn more about the subject matter they will explore through the experience. As a mentor to a fellow, faculty provide guidance in developing learning goals for the fellowship experience and for exploring post-fellowship extensions such as related course work or follow-up research.

Sponsor an Alternative Spring Break directed reading

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a student-led program that provides Stanford students with a chance to explore societal issues through a winter quarter one-unit directed reading and spring break service immersion experience. With advice and support of faculty advisors and Haas Center staff, student trip leaders design and lead the directed readings and spring break service projects.

For more information, contact Jon McConnell.

Sponsor a directed reading or directed research project

Through independent arrangements with faculty, students can read about or research social issues related to their service endeavors. These directed readings can be incredibly rewarding for students interested in exploring a public service issue at a deeper level.

For more information, contact Clayton Hurd.