Public Service Pathways: Exploring Frameworks and Tools

Posted by Campus Compact of the Mountain West on March 16, 2015

Webinar: Public Service Pathways: Exploring Frameworks and Tools for Social Change Education and Research

March 19, 2015, 12 pm PST, 1 pm MST, 2 pm CST, 3 pm EST

Register now for this one hour webinar!

Over the past several years, the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University has worked with a wide range of stakeholders to develop a framework for social change: “Pathways of Public Service.” The pathways collectively describe a range of possibilities by which students can make a contribution to the common good. The framework includes six pathways: direct service, community-engaged scholarship, activism, philanthropy, policy/politics, and social entrepreneurship. Introducing this framework to students allows them to explore the ways the public service pathways differ from each other in language, practice, and impact.

In the first half of the session, participants will learn how the Haas Center for Public Service uses the Pathways of Public Service, along with its seven Principles of Ethical and Effective Service, as a framework for exploring and engaging students in social change. The presenters will share an exercise designed to introduce students to the Pathways of Public Service. A modified version of a classic group activity, the exercise exposes students’ predispositions toward particular pathways and highlights the ways in which the pathways converge and diverge. Participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback, ask questions, and discuss how the framework and activity might be used or adapted on their own campuses.

Haas Center staff have collaborated with colleagues to develop and pilot a pathways diagnostic tool that helps faculty and staff understand student predispositions and interests. In the second half of the session, participants will learn about the new Public Service Pathways Diagnostic Tool and discuss ways that the tool might be useful in a variety of contexts. The tool aims to help students and educators understand proclivities toward each of the six public service pathways, and is intended to be a collaborative tool that strengthens the field. Participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback to improve the tool, as well as to discuss ways to use it for advising, programming, and research purposes. The webinar will also include an exchange of ideas that could be used in curriculum development and/or training activities. Webinar participants will be invited to begin using the tool on their respective campuses, to share and pool data in ways that strengthen its validity and usefulness, and to join us for a pre-conference session at the 2015 Continuums of Service Conference in Long Beach, California.


Kristina Lobo is Director of Student Development and Leadership Programs at Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service. She previously served as Training Director and Acting Executive Director at Public Allies Chicago, a leadership development organization that prepares talented and diverse young adults for careers in public service. Kristina holds a BA/BS in Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

Tom Schnaubelt is the Executive Director of the Haas Center for Public Service and an Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Stanford University. He previously served as the Dean for Community Engagement and Civic Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the Executive Director of Wisconsin Campus Compact. His career began in Mississippi, where he directed several statewide AmeriCorps programs and built capacity for community engagement at colleges and universities across the state. He holds a BS in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, an MA in Education from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Mississippi.

Click here to register! This webinar is free to California Campus Compact members, $25 for Any Campus Compact Members, and $75 for non-members. Sponsored by Campus Compact of the Mountain West and California Campus Compact.

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