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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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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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