Public Policy Institute


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PPI Fall Forum FlyerThe Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence

May 20 – 23, 2024

In collaboration with SMC Public Policy Institute, SMMUSD, City of Santa Monica, and the SMC Associated Students.
All events are free and open to the public.

Governing and Elections in the Age of AI

Monday, May 20, 6:30 p.m. 

Experts from the City of Santa Monica, SMC, and SMMUSD will discuss how AI creates challenges and has potential to impact their roles in positive ways.

Santa Monica College Student Services Center Auditorium | SSC 183

“The Creator”: AI Propaganda or Utopian Promise?

Tuesday, May 21

  • Film Screening | 5:00 p.m.
  • Discussion | 7:30 p.m.

Santa Monica College Student Services Center Auditorium | SSC 183

World Build led by Pardee RAND Graduate School and SMC Students

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.

World-building is the act of imagining, designing, and implementing potential futures. Come see the world built by members of our community as they consider Artificial Intelligence and whether we will enjoy its promise or peril.

Santa Monica College Student Services Center Auditorium | SSC 183

The Promise and Peril of AI: How Search Engines and AI Reinforce Racism and What We Can Do About It

Thursday, May 23, 6:30 p.m.

Keynote Address by Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble, MacArthur Genius Grant Awardee

Santa Monica College Student Services Center Auditorium | SSC 183



If you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in any of these events, please contact Kiersten Elliott at or 310-434-4173, at least 5 business days in advance.

Engaging Voices, Changing Lives, Shaping Futures

Inspires Students to Make a Real Difference in Their Communities and in the World

From socioeconomics to education, healthcare to housing, and energy to the environment, the decisions of policymakers affect all our lives. Understanding the role we can play collectively and individually in shaping public policy is essential to our participatory democracy.

The interdisciplinary, innovative Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College educates and empowers a diverse student body with the academic grounding and hands-on experience they need to become agents of change – whether they choose a career in public policy or simply want to improve their community and the world we share.

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.


Dr. Richard Tahvildran-Jesswein
Co-Director, Founding Associate Director
Shari Davis, MPP