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.” 


BUILD-ing Careers in Education

In March, several alumni of BUILD, a literacy mentoring program, returned to campus, eager to share their path from literacy mentor to education professional. 


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. 


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. 


No Barrier to Success

As an English Language Learner in elementary school, Martin Perez had fallen behind, and his insecurities resulted in poor behavior. 


Reflections of Sean Diaz, Alum & Nonprofit Administrator

Sean Diaz graduated from UC-Berkeley in 2009 with a major in English. 


PSC Alum Publishes Young Adult Series, Blacktop!

We're excited to share that Public Service Center alum, Lanre Akinsiku, recently released a new series of Young Adult books.


A Constant State of Learning

Amber Perkins Ellis is fascinated by the forces that shape public education in the United States. 


Inspirational to the Students They Mentor

The Rogers Family Foundation seeks to transform the educational experience of Oakland’s students.

Reflections of Adilene López Valenzuela, Alum

Adilene experienced a “paradigm shift” in her understanding of social justice work while serving with the Public Service Center, known at that time as Cal Corps.