Alum John Gage recalls the exciting start of the Public Service Center in 1967.

“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.” 


Berkeley students consider the Public Service Center a “home away from home.”

Transfer student Calixtho Lopes, class of 2017, had experienced periodic homelessness as a child. So it meant a lot to him to find the Public Service Center.


Continuing to Give Back: From Skid Row to Rwanda

After participating in an Alternative Breaks trip focused on health and homelessness on Skid Row, Ursula Kajani, class of 2017, knew she’d never be the same. 


Alternative Breaks Program Combines Learning, Service, and Reflection

This spring the Public Service Center sponsored nine Alternative Break trips that immersed students in a social justice issue. 


Your Story is Our Story

Since 1967, the Public Service Center has been helping Berkeley students engage in transformative social change. 


A Youthful Perspective

As a community organizer for the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, my job is to work directly with community members.


An Alternative Way of Learning

As the daughter of farmworkers in California's Central Valley, I know firsthand of the many barriers that low-income people and their children face. 


Cal in the Capital makes dreams a reality

Interning in Washington, D.C. is about taking advantage of every opportunity and moment. 


Proud to Support Their Work

As a small, independent foundation, Shinnyo-en Foundation cares about building mutually respectful and trusting relationships.


Berkeley student reflects on service trip to North Carolina to promote voting rights

I did not consider myself an activist for social justice.