The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA is dedicated to “unleashing the power of participation.” Our programs motivate young people to be engaged in their communities; raise awareness about timely policy issues; bring public officials closer to their constituents; and support Cal State LA’s mission to serve as an anchor institution for the region. As a university-based center, research informs all of our initiatives.

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Candidate Debates

The Institute’s Candidate Debate Program aims to provide civic education to the general public about candidates for elected office.

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Civic University

Civic University© (Civic U©) educates members of the community as well as public officials and their staffs about the workings of local government agencies.

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Polling Program

The Institute’s polling project explores the social and political orientation of racial and ethnic groups in Los Angeles County.

Polling Program
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Public Programming

The Institute’s Public Policy Program encompasses public policy forums, issue debates, and our signature annual policy conference.

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SELA Initiative

The Initiative seeks to revitalize the landscape of civic engagement in Southeast Los Angeles County (SELA).

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Next Generation Engagement

The Institute invests in youth by developing new leaders in high school and college to become changemakers in their communities.

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