California Institute

Institute on California Leadership & Politics

Fast Facts


The program runs from Wednesday, August 1st to Saturday, August 4th.


The program is located at University of California at Davis in Davis, California.


The tuition for this program is $595 and covers rooming and on-campus meals.

Past Speakers

Hon. Gavin Newsom – Lieutenant Governor of California
Hon. Debra Bowen – California Secretary of State
Hon. Kevin Johnson – Mayor of Sacramento
Hon. John Perez – Speaker of the California State Assembly
Hon. Gil Cedillo – California State Senator
Tom Torlakson – CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Hon. Ed Prieto – Yolo County Sheriff

Potential Topics

Potential topics to be discussed at the California Institute include:

  • Prisons, Police Departments and Racial Bias
  • Media Strategy and Building Movements
  • (Dis)abilities and Discrimination .
  • Sovereignty and Indigenous History
  • Lobbying 101: Influencing Policy . Exploitation and Trafficking on Our Soil
  • Multi-Cultural U.S.: Implications and Opportunities
  • How Politics are Shaped by the People
  • The Politics of the Gender Gap
  • Migration and the American Dream
  • Post-9/11 Islamophobia
  • Toss Your Hat In: Political Campaign School


Join us for the student-run California Institute on Leadership and Politics. You will stay on campus at the University of California at Davis and explore the excitement of Golden State politics in the state capitol during the day. You will learn about the challenges facing California political leaders, meet the politicians and power brokers that make important decisions and gain valuable leadership skills so that you can make a difference with the issues that impact your life.

A high-level speakers program will allow you to meet and question top political players in an open environment. Debates, simulations and other activities will give you the chance to voice your opinions, work with others and learn from your peers in a tolerant atmosphere. These highly interactive projects allow students to leverage the information they get from the speakers program to find common ground on solutions to the challenges that face our state and communities. You will improve your leadership and public speaking skills as well as learn more about the politics, policies and people that govern California.