Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service has collaborated with 55 public, private, two- and four-year institutions since 2013 to develop an innovative holistic framework: “Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement.” The pathways describe a range of possibilities by which students can contribute to the common good: community-engaged learning/research; community organizing/activism; direct service; philanthropy; policy/governance; and social entrepreneurship/corporate social responsibility. The framework guides students in exploring how the pathways differ from each other in language, practice, and impact, and how pathways might intersect to effect social change. A free online survey surfaces student predispositions and interests toward the pathways; opens students’ eyes to lifelong career, engagement, and leadership opportunities; and assists community engagement practitioners in developing relevant programming. Presenters will share multi-institution research resulting from the survey. Survey data informs practitioners, who can place students in community settings where they have strong pathway inclinations, encourage students to explore pathways they hadn’t considered, or ensure they experience all six pathways in multiple placements during college. Each pathway provides students with experience they can use with high-impact practices in curricular and co-curricular settings, and in the workplace and civil society.
Speakers: Gail Robinson, Tom Schnaubelt, Annabel Wong