The purpose of this symposium is to emphasize the concepts of civic engagement and the common good, to foster an understanding of the spirit of service already evident among many citizens, and to suggest a broad array of pathways to public service.

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Please stay tuned for details regarding the 2021 symposium. 

2019 Public Service Symposium

Building Capacity for Inclusive Civic Engagement

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2018 Public Service Symposium

The Future of Public Service

The purpose of this symposium is to bring together a cross-sector of participants and their organizations to discuss the role of individuals, universities, nonprofits, and the private sector in best practices around engaging our respective populaces in civic life. The Symposium will be a forum for peers to collaborate and share practical strategies, scholarly research, and create applicable best practices both on and off-campus. A notable feature of this year’s event will be a workshop that aims to ensure all participants depart with actionable takeaways, a motivation to continue working toward inclusive civic engagement, and a groundwork for collaborative future actions.

Annual Public Service Symposium


Former Massachusetts Governor and Presidential Candidate Michael Dukakis addresses the audience at the 2018 Symposium.