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.

Learn more about what we do:

Candidate Debates

Engaging with Candidates

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

Civic University

Expanding Civic Engagement

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

Polling Program

Defining Generational Transformations

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

Public Programming

Encouraging Meaningful Dialog

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

SELA Initiative

Revitalizing the Landscape

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

Next Generation Engagement

Developing New Leaders

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