Institute of Community and Civic Engagement

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2014-2015 Public Policy School Concludes Successful Year with Trips to Sacramento and Washington, D.C.!

Eleven Public Policy students led by Co-Facilitators Bob Stockwell and Jim Nguyen from the Political Science Department conducted conference and legislative visits in both Sacramento (state issues) and Washington, DC (federal).

Students attended legislative and policy conferences, networked with students and faculty from other colleges and actively fought for policy changes to increase support and funding to community colleges in California and across the country.

The students learned campaign, organization, advocacy, persuasive speech and communication skills, while successfully spreading the message of community college needs on behalf of other students.

Many thanks to the students and facilitators for another strong year. We look forward to next year's class and program!

Some images from our recent trip to Washington, D.C.:



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Public Policy School Application will be available again soon. Please check back.

DownloadAdobe PDF icon Public Policy School Application

  1. See application questions
  2. Type your answers in a separate document
  3. Submit by email to Jim Nguyen,  at — Due by Friday, November 14 at 5 p.m.

Winter 2015: Plan an Advocacy Campaign

  • Apply to be one of 10 students who will go to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. — all expenses paid — to advocate for the issues you care most about.
  • Learn how to craft messaging, build coalitions, and lobby effectively to make change.
  • Receive small group and individual mentorship and training from Bob Stockwell and Jim Nguyen, instructors in Political Science.

Public Policy School

Students at Sacramento Capitol

Don't like the law?
Learn how to change it!

Nothing counts but pressure, pressure, more pressure, and still more pressure through broad organized aggressive mass action."

— A. Phillip Randolph, Labor and Civil Rights Organizer

Learn to Be a Public Policy Advocate

Join the Institute of Community and Civic Engagement and the Department of Political Science for a series of workshops to learn how law and policy is made and changed.

Ten students who have attended workshops and have successfully completed Poli 17/ICS 27 or are enrolled in it during the Winter 2014 Quarter may apply to train as a student public policy advocate and lobby the halls of government in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.


With an important midterm election during the Fall 2014 quarter, our events will focus on elections, campaigns, with a focus on higher education and its constituencies: community colleges, students, faculty, staff and the challenges and opportunities that confront us in this current election cycle.


Oct. 16:  2014 Election: Focus on Community Colleges
Paul Fong Evan Low  
Paul Fong, Former assemblymember and Foothill-De Anza Trustee and candidate for San Jose City Council District 1

Evan Low,
De Anza College alum, former mayor of Campbell and candidate for state assembly

Pattie Cortese
representing Dave Cortese for San Jose Mayor
Nov 11:  2014 Election Results: What Do the Results Mean? Where Do We Go From Here?


This workshop will focus on the results of the recent election and will focus on how students can get involved in shaping policy post-election: the issues, the campaigns, which policymakers to influence on the issues that matter most to them as students and community members.


Who May Apply

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • have successfully completed Poli 17/ICS 27or be enrolled in this course during winter quarter*,
  • be 18 years or older,
  • and commit to attending workshop events and completing the trainings.

*requirement may be waived in rare, difficult circumstances.

If you have any questions,
please contact Jim Nguyen, Political Science Instructor and Co-Facilitator of Public Policy School at or (408)864-5551 or Cynthia Kaufman, director, Institute of Community
and Civic Engagement, at or 408.864.8739.pps capitolzoe lofgren meetingpps capitol

Institute of Community and Civic Engagement

Building: East Cottage Contact: Cynthia Kaufman
Phone: 408.864.8739


Last Updated: 6/10/15