“The point of a university and the point of building a community is to bring people together. And that was the goal of the Community Projects Office.” So recalls John Gage, the first student coordinator in 1967 of what was later renamed Cal Corps and then the Public Service Center. The PSC connects students, faculty, and community members to work together in creating a more just and equitable world. Through programs that work with more than 250 community partners, there are many ways that Cal students get involved, including direct service, mentoring, grassroots organizing, engaged scholarship, research, political advocacy, and activism. Through the PSC, Cal students find their passion, their purpose, and their voices as leaders.
Public Service Center
Students and alumni share their perspectives on how the PSC helped them grow as individuals and as leaders, find community, and make a difference with the issues that matter to them.
Giving back is part of Berkeley’s DNA. As the Public Service Center celebrates 50 years, see how students serve the community — locally, nationally, and globally.