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SMC Public Policy Institute

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Santa Monica College’s 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 (who held the Chair of Excellence, Philosophy & Social Science), the Institute is currently led by co-directors Tahvildaran-Jesswein and SMC political science adjunct Shari Davis (who also chairs the Community for Excellent Public Schools).

Several programs and topical discussions are planned for Spring 2015, including panels and community discussions. Details were not confirmed at press time. Please visit for up-to-date information.

To receive invitations to our events, please send email to​ and request to be added to the Institute’s mailing list.


MAY 11-14, 2015
Stop, Look, Listen: 
Community Advocacy for Public Health

Join us for talks, film screenings, and panel discussions on the importance of community advocacy in drawing attention to public health issues, and in influencing and building support for public policies and practices that affect our opportunities to pursue a healthy life.


Symposium activities were still in planning at press time. See or call (310) 434-3541
for details. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (​).