Welcome to the Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership
Jacoby Center Mission
The Harold S. Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership strengthens the contribution of governmental and non-profit organizations to public life through education and research.
The Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership helps make civic engagement come to life by serving as a crossroads—a place where the University and the community connect. Through the Jacoby Center scholars from different disciplines come together, bringing their knowledge to bear on real problems in the community. All of the liberal arts disciplines and the broad variety of professions involved in social issues and policy development may be involved in Jacoby Center initiatives.
Students are encouraged to join the faculty scholars in study and undertake public service that makes a real difference in the community. Through research projects, internships, and other experiences provided by the Jacoby Center, students learn to study social and political issues systematically, analyze the way civic leaders attempt to resolve such issues, and assume leadership in organizing and implementing solutions.
The Jacoby Center is located in rooms 241 and 242 of the Wendell Phillips Center on Pacific's Stockton campus.
Dr. Bob Benedetti
Director of the Jacoby Center
Dr. Bob Benedetti, Director of the Jacoby Center and Political Science Professor
The Midtown/Magnolia Project exemplifies the Jacoby Center's goal of bringing the University, students and the community together for common good. The Jacoby Center administers a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant to revitalize the Magnolia neighborhood, which boasts historically significant houses built in the early 1900s. The area was in decline, and the Jacoby Center has worked jointly with various city and county agencies in the revitalization effort. Pacific faculty and students are involved in projects that include researching the history and culture of the area to promote community awareness. The Magnolia district is transforming into a desirable area to live, walk and work.