What is Called to Serve?
The Partnership for Public
Service has joined with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management
to develop a national initiative, "A Call to Serve: Leaders
in Education Allied for Public Service," which is designed
to educate a new generation about the importance of a strong
civil service, help re-establish links between federal agencies
and campuses, and provide students with information about federal
jobs. A Call to Serve was unveiled in April 2002, at a launch
event on the campus of George Washington University with Secretary
of Labor Elaine Chao, Office of Personnel Management Director
Kay Coles James, U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, and college and
Participating agencies will work to effectively facilitate recruitment and retention of younger members of the federal workforce, and they will communicate with the campus coordinators in our network to provide guidance on how students can find information about and pursue jobs in federal service.
For the 2005-2006 academic
year, the Partnership is working intensely with six Call to Serve
schools to identify best practices that can be replicated throughout
the Call to Serve network, which will help improve federal agencies'
outreach to campuses. Ultimately, the project's goals are to
determine cost-effective and sustainable ways to attract college
students to federal public service. To reflect diversity of the
Call to Serve network, the pilot schools vary by geography, size,
and student demographics. The pilot schools include Clark Atlanta
University, George Washington University, Louisiana State University,
University of New Mexico, Ohio State University, and Stanford
University. Clark Atlanta is the only historically black university
participating in the pilot project.
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