Student Affairs Programs & Units
Public Service Center
The nationally recognized the Public Service Center forms the heart of civic engagement on the UC Berkeley campus – and is the key starting place for any student who is seeking to make a difference on campus and in the wider community. Since 1967 the Public Service Center has given shape and meaning to students’ desires to affect change. During the 2010-11 academic year 150 Student Leaders oversaw almost 6,000 Cal students who served in over 200 different public agencies and schools.
Learn more about the Public Service Center.
The Public Service Center's Priorities
Through more than 50 programs that complement classroom learning– including internships, courses and trainings, intensive leadership development, and service learning – the Public Service Center prepares students for the lifelong pursuit of positive social change, while making a significant impact here and now. The Public Service Center partners with faculty and community members to help students:
- Address the impacts of poverty locally and nationally by participating in year-long and summer internships in the Bay Area, New Orleans and Washington DC
- Lead their own self-initiated service projects to address community needs around the world
- Close the racial achievement gap in Berkeley and Oakland public schools
- Engage in service learning and community-based research by connecting theory to practice
- Develop professional and practical leadership skills
- Explore careers in public service
The Public Service Center is also a critical resource for faculty and graduate student instructors, assisting them with funding as they develop community-based research projects and courses that enrich the entire academic community.
How You Can Help:
Named Faculty Chair for Public Service
UC Berkeley has prioritized the expansion and centralization of public service with the creation of a new facility for the Public Service Center located at the nucleus of a renovated Lower Sproul Plaza. Key to this expansion is the creation of an Academic Chair, whose expertise will inform program quality and set a strategic direction.
Named Public Service Scholarship Endowment
Establish a needs-based scholarship to make it possible for more low-income students to consider public service involvement during their college careers.
Single Year Public Service Scholarship
Provide one-year financial support to a student who wants to participate in public service and who needs financial support for his or her education.