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SMC Public Policy Institute

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Santa Monica College’s interdisciplinary, innovative Public Policy Institute provides nonpartisan community programs exploring key economic, social, and political issues. The Institute offers FREE, informative discussions on the policy issues that affect our
daily lives.

Founded by LA County Supervisor and former California State Senator Sheila Kuehl and SMC political science professor Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein (former Chair of Excellence, Philosophy & Social Science), the Institute is currently led by co-directors Tahvildaran-Jesswein and SMC political science instructor Shari Davis (who also chairs Community for Excellent Public Schools).

Through an annual symposium and frequent public forums with civic leaders, the Public Policy Institute also serves as a powerful force for engaging the community in dialogue on some of the most pressing public policy issues of the day, and providing information and other support to help campus and community members become agents of change.

Please visit for up-to-date information about the Institute’s events. To receive invitations to our events, please send an please send email to  and request to be added to the Institute’s mailing list.

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League of Women Voters’ Study of
Higher Education: Where We are Today

Don’t miss this special panel discussion on higher education presented by the Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute (PPI), in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica. The panel—featuring State Senator Ben Allen, CSU Northridge Department of Management professor and researcher Rick Moore, and panelists representing Santa Monica College—is one in a series of local meetings prompted by the League of Women Voters of California’s study exploring access to public higher education. Chair of the SMC Board of Trustees Louise Jaffe and PPI co-director Shari Davis will moderate the discussion, and an audience Q&A session will follow. Free parking in campus parking structures. Sponsored by the SMC Public Policy Institute. 

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Sat, March 5 | 10am | Free | HSS 165

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2016 Voter Registration Campaign Kick-Off

Come help the Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute kick off its 2016 voter registration campaign, find out how to register voters and encourage them to vote, and get the information and materials you need to canvas neighborhoods or organizations. Free parking in campus parking structures. Sponsored by the SMC Public Policy Institute. 

See or call (310) 434-3541 for more information. 

Sponsored by the SMC Associates (​ 

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