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What is it?

What Do You StandFor? is a series of events and opportunities to get the Stanford community involved in public service and civic engagement during fall quarter. For students, it's an introduction to the service programs available at Stanford and an invitation to think about what's important to you and what you'd like to be involved in while you're here and after you graduate.

Throughout fall, you're invited to explore what's important to you through a variety of service events. You can also:

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Student organizations

Stanford in Government booth at the Cardinal Service fair

Check out the hundreds of student organizations at this year's Festifall, Stanford's annual student organization festival. More than 100 student groups offer service opportunities. Learn more and sign up!


Learn more about Cardinal Coursesclasses that integrate coursework with service experience. See the list of Cardinal Courses offered this fall.

  • EARTHSYS 213: Hacking for Climate and Sustainability
    Develop the skills required of a mission-driven entrepreneur and apply lean startup principles by tackling a critical problem facing climate and sustainability as part of a team of engineers, scientists, social scientists, MBAs, and law and policy experts. Attend an info session or team mixer this fall
  • LEAD 114: Athletes as Leaders: Embrace the Intersection of Identities In Athletics as Tools for Social Change
    Varsity and club athletes: Gain leadership skills in coaching and public narrative to learn how to use your voice for positive social change.
  • LIFE 101: Tools for a Meaningful Life
    Develop the capacities necessary for a meaningful life, including presence, courage, compassion, resilience, imagination, and gratitude.
  • SPANLANG 108SL: Advanced Spanish Service-Learning: Migration, Asylum & Human Rights at the Border
    Develop advanced Spanish language proficiency through examination of issues surrounding current immigration and refugee crises. Hear from legal and mental health professionals, human rights specialists, migrants, and refugees.
  • URBANST 190A: Public Service and Social Impact: Pathways to Purposeful Careers
    Learn from leading professionals about careers in public service, and get coaching as you launch your job or internship search.


We Are Stanford: Welcome to Fall '23
Tuesday, September 12, 2023
12pm to 1:30pm PT

Cardinal Service Fair
Saturday, September 23, 2023
12pm to 2pm PT

Cardinal Quarter Opportunities Fair
Friday, November 10, 2023
12pm to 2pm PT

Democracy Day
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
All day - see website for details

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