Undergraduates frequent the Haas Center for Public Service 24/7, but there is a new graduate student presence at the center. Over the years, graduate students have had different roles to play at the center including sitting on the National Advisory Board, mentoring current undergraduates, and being involved with various student service organizations. Since winter 2012, the fifteen members of the inaugural class of Graduate Public Service (GPS) Fellows have been meeting every three weeks and working on their various fellowship projects at the center.
The Haas Center designed and launched the GPS Fellowship in autumn 2011 to support graduate students in developing the knowledge, skills and networks to prepare for careers as public scholars. Traditional academic culture sometimes overlooks this realm of professional practice; as a result, graduate students are left on their own to find mentors and peers, as well as models of successful collaboration from which to learn. The GPS Fellowship cultivates such networks and shows these motivated students how to succeed as publicly engaged scholars.
The 2011-2012 GPS fellows are pursuing terminal degrees in programs throughout all seven of Stanford’s graduate schools. In addition to being academically successful, they have contributed significantly to public service research, teaching, and nonprofit endeavors—from leading science education projects in the Indian Himalayas and the Norwegian high Arctic to teaching at San Quentin Penitentiary to conducting community-based research on the educational implications of immigration in a liberal democracy.
GPS meetings have been lively as the group brings its considerable diversity of background and experience to bear on discussions of public service teaching and research. They have learned together about community-based teaching and research methodologies, as well as cultural issues affecting their work, and ways to document and disseminate their efforts for future hiring and promotion processes. Parissa Jahromi, a third-year doctoral student studying child and adolescent development at the School of Education, says there has been “a good balance of high level theory discussion and practically useful tips.…I very much appreciate how the fellowship is pushing me to think about the responsibilities researchers have to the various communities they work with.” As far as her peers in the program, she’s “enjoyed meeting and talking with the other fellows from different departments at Stanford who I would not get to interact with otherwise.”
Jahromi’s research focuses on understanding and promoting positive development during adolescence, and she is particularly interested in exploring various developmental pathways of civic involvement during adolescence. As a GPS fellow, she developed and led two workshops on resilience for undergraduate student leaders of the Haas Center’s five Education Partnerships programs. “I wanted to discuss…how Stanford undergraduates can use the concept of resilience in their work with children and adolescents in the local community…The idea is that all children and adolescents have positive things going on in their lives; effective mentors might use the concept of resilience to identify and promote the positive attributes and conditions that can help young people thrive.”
Mentored by the center’s Community Engaged Scholarship staff, GPS fellows are provided opportunities to interact with members of the Faculty Steering Committee, the faculty codirectors, and other nationally recognized scholars and practitioners. According to Jahromi, "Everyone I have interacted with at the Haas Center has seemed excellent at what they're doing. It seems to be a place where people care about their work and about working well together.”
Engaged scholarship is a natural way for graduate students to pursue public service. The initial GPS cohort got the program off to a very good start. Thanks to the generous co-sponsorship of the Office of the Vice Provost of Graduate Education, the GPS Fellowship program is continuing for 2012–13, benefitting the Haas Center, the Stanford community, and a whole new group of graduate students who want to prepare for careers in which they will engage in public service scholarship.
The Haas Center is proud to announce the 2012–2013 Graduate Public Service Fellows.
- Juan Alperin, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Policy Studies, School of Education
- Annie Atura, English, School of Humanities and Sciences
- Emily Beggs, Anthropology, School of Humanities and Sciences
- Tim Burke, Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering
- Christine Exley, Economics, School of Humanities and Sciences
- Priya Fielding-Singh, Sociology, School of Humanities and Sciences
- Michelle Friend, Developmental and Psychological Sciences/Learning Sciences and Technology Design, School of Education
- Rachelle Gould, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, School of Earth Sciences
- Andrea Griego, Anthropology, School of Humanities and Sciences
- Agustina Paglayan, Political Economy of Education, School of Education
- Tenelle Porter, Developmental and Psychological Sciences, School of Education
- Erin Raab, International Comparative Education, School of Education
- Nandini Roy, Sociology, School of Humanities and Sciences
- Wendy Salkin, School of Law
- Jessica Tsai, Medical Scientist Training Program, Neuroscience, School of Medicine
- Ange Wang, School of Medicine