The Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute is proud to produce programming each Spring and Fall to guide our students and the greater community in discussions regarding how public policy shapes our democracy. Although we planned an engaging 9th Annual Spring Symposium to continue our Fall Forum theme analyzing the Declaration of Independence from philosophical, historical, and socio-political perspectives, we are postponing all events due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are working on presenting an alternative, virtual Symposium during May, as well as ways to host some of the events at a later date, so please check our website regularly for updates. Also, please take this time to explore the PPI website to revisit previous events and topics and do not hesitate to reach out to us to share your thoughts. You can reach us at In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy. We can't wait to see you again soon!