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Public Service at the University of Virginia


The Public Service Programming Board

The Public Service Programming Board (PSPB) is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of public service programming at the University of Virginia by allocating funding to student-run events and programs that aim to promote public service, civic engagement, and/or service learning. The PSPB is supported by the Office of the Dean of Students and is comprised of the Program Coordinator for Public Service, as well as four appointed student representatives from the following groups: Student Council Public Service Committee, Jefferson Public Citizens, Madison House, Alpha Phi Omega: Theta Chapter, and another public service CIO that may change from year-to-year. The PSPB meets monthly to review funding requests.

What is Public Service Programming?

The PSPB defines public service programming as programming that supports informed, reciprocal, and interactive engagement with people, institutions and the environment for the purpose of furthering civic virtue, promoting the public good, and exchanging knowledge and resources in the context of a mutually beneficial partnership. PSPB hopes that these funds will a) encourage student groups to undertake public service programming that they normally would not be able to do; b) allow student groups to better meet the needs of their community partners; and c) support the development of imaginative, public-service-oriented, ethical future leaders (Pillar 1, Strategy 1 of the University’s Cornerstone Plan) as well as supporting students as they pursue high-impact experiential educational experiences that complement and enhance classroom learning (Pillar 3, Strategy 6). The PSPB encourages but does not require co-sponsors for programs or projects and strongly encourages (but does not require) groups to identify a community partner(s) to support their proposed program.