In announcing their vision in the spring of 2018, President Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Drell called on Stanford to pursue “purposeful engagement with our region, nation, and world.” Inspired by this vision, the Haas Center for Public Service, along with our National Advisory Board and other campus partners, has convened a series of meetings with campus and community stakeholders to explore new ways that our centers and the university as a whole might contribute to more purposeful engagement with our region. The following recommendations are organized under three pillars: institutional engagement, academic engagement, and place-based initiatives. The first two pillars - institutional engagement and academic engagement – focus on the organizational structure needed to pursue a more coordinated regional engagement effort.  The third pillar calls on the university to develop a signature place-based initiative focused on sustainable, equitable, and resilient communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.  A place-based initiative would community engaged research and teaching focused on developing innovative solutions to these complex challenges that are so critical to our region’s future.

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