At UC Berkeley, giving back is part of our DNA. As the Public Service Center (PSC) celebrates 50 years, see how Berkeley students serve the community — locally, nationally and globally. #GoBears #PSC50
1. We’re No. 1 for Peace Corps volunteers.
Since 1961, 3,640 alums have gone abroad to work for the Peace Corps — more than any other university.
2. We bring war criminals to justice around the world.
The Human Rights Investigations Lab at Berkeley, the first of its kind, trains a growing workforce of college students to review and verify digital content — typically videos shot by citizens who witnessed atrocities — that could help human rights lawyers prosecute war criminals. A recent conference brought students from around the world to campus to learn how to use social media to fight for human rights.
3. We tackle everyday challenges for the disabled.
At “Makeathon,” engineering students targeted 11 different challenges the disabled face every day, ranging from applying makeup to house automation. Engineers found creative and innovative ways to accomplish daily tasks many take for granted.
4. We lend a hand to those who need it most.
5. We help communities heal — over our spring break.
Instead of spending spring break relaxing on the beach, Berkeley students headed to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to help rebuild — and stayed for more than a decade through the PSC’s Alternative Breaks program.
6. We solve the world’s most pressing problems with visionary research.
Berkeley students have a rare chance to work alongside world-class faculty with the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP): they help address climate change, study oceans aboard floating classrooms, understand why asteroids “divorce,” create affordable water treatment, reinvent sanitation, and design fuel-efficient cookstoves.
7. And we do this all while continuing to challenge the status quo.
Berkeley students have always been bold and forged new paths, even when it meant questioning authority. The legacy of Free Speech Movement’s leader Mario Savio continues today as we face new challenges about free speech on campus and beyond.