Community and Civic Engagement

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.


Public Policy School FlyerSpeakers will tell their stories about how they successfully maneuvered the legislative process to make the change in which they believe.

Topics will include environmental and social justice, immigration, labor, public health, and more.

  • Download the flyer with a list of all workshop dates.
    Updated Oct. 29

    Note: We've added workshops on Mondays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. Check times and locations for all workshops, as some have changed.
Oct. 9 Engaging local and state government
Paul Fong Evan Low Brian Murphy
Paul Fong, Assemblymember,
28th Assembly District

Evan Low,
mayor, city of Campbell

Brian Murphy,
president, De Anza College
Wednesday, Oct. 23 San Jose’s minimum wage law (Measure D)

Dennis Raj

Dennis Raj, political director, South Bay Labor Council
12:30-2 p.m., L84

Monday, Oct. 28 Bipartisanship in the California Legislature

Joe Simitian, member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, District 5
(former member, California State Senate and Assembly)
11:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m., MLC 103 Just added!

Wednesday, Oct. 30 San Jose’s pension fund law (Measure B)

Pierluigi Oliverio

Pierluigi Oliverio, member, San Jose City Council, District 6
12-2 p.m., Don Bautista Room, Campus Center - Please note updated time and location.

Monday, Nov. 4 Turning Ideas into Federal Law

Mike Honda

Mike Honda, U.S. Representative, 17th District, CA
1-2 p.m., Room L84

Wednesday, Nov. 6 Local economic justice

Wendy Ho, policy advocate, United Way of Silicon Valley
12:30-2 p.m., Room L84

Wednesday, Nov. 13 Corporate polluters

Andrés Soto, community organizer, Communities for a Better Environment
Diane Zuliani, art history instructor, Chabot College

12:30-2 p.m., Room L84

Wednesday, Nov. 20 Sustainable public transportation

Chris Lepe, senior community planner, Transform
12:30-2 p.m., Room L84

Wednesday, Nov. 27 Bringing the Affordable Health Care Act (“Obamacare”) to the South Bay

Rabiah Khalid, advocacy manager, Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)
12:30-2 p.m., Room L84

Apply for Training

Winter 2014: 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.
  • The team of 10 De Anza students will be joined by student advocates from Maricopa Community College in Arizona.

DownloadAdobe PDF icon Public Policy School Application

  1. See application questions
  2. Type your answers in a separate document
  3. Submit by email to Cynthia Kaufman at — Due by Monday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m.


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.

More information and application coming soon.

If you have any questions,
please contact Cynthia Kaufman, director, Institute of Community
and Civic Engagement, at or 408.864.8739.

Institute of Community and Civic Engagement

Building: East Cottage Contact: Cynthia Kaufman
Phone: 408.864.8739


Last Updated: 10/31/13