Which Cardinal Commitment is right for you?
Types of Cardinal Commitment
Cardinal Commitments are all different, depending on the needs of a community, organization, or issue you are committing to, the work you engage in, and your public service goals.
Choose the Commitment that best suits you. The criteria below and your personal public service mission statement can help guide you in selecting the right one.
The most important thing is that your service is sustained over time – for at least three quarters – and that your service abides by the Principles of Ethical and Effective Service.
Play a significant leadership role in a public service organization or movement.
- Hold a significant formal leadership position with a public service organization.
- Engage in at least one structured learning opportunity (class, workshop, conference, learning community, etc.) to improve your leadership skills and/or knowledge of the issue.
- Organize, design, and facilitate a Principles of Ethical and Effective Service workshop for members (peers) of your organization.
- Meet with a mentor at least once to discuss your Commitment and leadership role.
- Help design and facilitate structured reflection for members of your organization.
- Complete a formal reflection on your service experience at the conclusion of your Commitment.
The graphic below illustrates how a student might engage with the programs offered through Cardinal Commitment over time, gathering expertise and taking on more responsibility as they progress. Talk with an advisor to find out more.