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Cardinal Commitment
Student service organization

Stanford in Government (SIG)

Multi-quarter part-time
Law, Policy & Justice

Stanford in Government (SIG) creates a culture of civic and political engagement on the Stanford campus by offering opportunities for Stanford students to engage with and pursue policy as public service. SIG believes that direct public service plays an important role in communities, but that institutional reform fundamentally changes structures and systems for lasting public benefit. To inspire students to help enact institutional reform, SIG funds more than 80 fellowships for students each year at policy-related organizations, connects students with opportunities to hear and learn from policymakers and coordinates a variety of civic engagement initiatives, such as Get Out the Vote campaigns for elections.

Service required by the group to fulfill a Cardinal Commitment: Students need to be members of SIG, participate in three or more events each quarter and volunteer at one event each quarter.

Cardinal Commitment Mentor: SIG student leadership

Sean Casey

"Through this experience, I learned that civic engagement can be as easy as finding something you're passionate about and chasing it. It demonstrated to me that Stanford is a place that prioritizes civic participation and seeks to educate global citizens, not just students."

Sean Casey, ’23, is studying economics and political science. His roles while at Stanford have included co-director of StanfordVotes; co-chair of the Day of Civic Service; co-founder of the Collegiate Institutions Voting in California (CIVIC) Coalition, student advisory board member of Every Vote Counts; board member of Stanford in Government; opinion columnist for the The Stanford Daily; program coordinator and tutor for the Robinson Community Learning Center; a peer advisor for the Haas Center for Public Service; a Cardinal Quarter Fellow; and a member of the Public Service Honor Society. Sean is originally from South Bend, Indiana.

Sean Casey, ’23

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