As a civic-minded institution, Cornell engages its resources—institutional, teaching, and research—in serving the community. This is at the core of the Public Service Center’s (PSC) mission. Cornell’s Public Service Center works with local, national, and transnational community leaders in its responsiveness to public and social concerns.
Over the past 13 years, the PSC has focused on engaging faculty and students in academic-based service learning; leadership education for democratic citizenship; and facilitating two-way collaborations between the university community and communities in Tompkins County and beyond. The PSC champions the conviction that the Cornell experience upholds service as essential to active citizenship.
The Cornell Urban Scholars Program challenges students to become active in programs that address the root causes of persistent poverty in New York City.