2015 Young Women's Political and Civic Leadership Program

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Saturday, April 25, 2015, 8:45 AM-3:30 PM 
(Doors open at 8:30 AM)

University of Southern California
The Radisson Hotel (Ballroom Center)
3540 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

The 2015 Young Women's Political and Civic Leadership Program is designed for high school women from California who have exemplified leadership and who have an interest in politics. 

Participants will have the opportunity to hear young politicos, elected officials, and community leaders speak about the importance of having more women involved in politics, government and public affairs. The conference will also emphasize hands-on training and will cover topics such as: why we need more young women in political office, crafting your elevator speech, networking, and how to get involved now. 

The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 22nd at 5:00PM.
To reigster, click here.

The non-refundable registration fee is $35. 
*Scholarship opportunities are available for interested high school students. 

"2015 Young Women’s Political and Civic Leadership Program” is presented in partnership with the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of PoliticsUSC Women’s Student AssemblyUSC Political Student AssemblyCalifornia Women LeadJunior State of AmericaCalifornia YMCA Youth and GovernmentArsalyn Program of the Ludwick Family Foundation, and Alliance Patti & Peter Neuwirth Leadership Academy.

For more information, please call 213-740-8964, email jcepstei@usc.edu, or visit the event information tab here.


USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times April 2015 Poll

 USC Dornsife Press Releases

Most Californians say race relations are better in California than elsewhere in United States
(April 13, 2015)

 Californians split on whether testing has been a boon or bust for education
(April 12, 2015)

Calif. voters reject tenure, seniority-based layoffs of public school teachers(April 11, 2015)

PRESS CALL Monday: USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll on Race Relations, Teacher Tenure and State of Schools
(April 10, 2015)
Los Angeles Times Poll Articles

Science, math and art valued more than technology in education poll
(April 13, 2015)

Race relations in California better than elsewhere in U.S., voters say
(April 13, 2015)

Majority of California's Latino voters highly value school testing
(April 12, 2015)

California voters take a dim view of teacher tenure
(April 11, 2015)

Poll Videos

Race Relations in California: Poll Results April 2015

Education in California: Poll Results April 2015

Data Sets and Results
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner: Results


Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Video   

 The mission of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics is to motivate students to become active in the world of politics and encourage public officials to participate in the daily life of USC. The following video features Executive Director Dan Schnur, friends and former staff, along with students who have applied their education through internships at every level of government -- from the White House, to the CA State Capitol and here locally at City Hall in Los Angeles.



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Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics

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Director's Corner

What Indiana Law Controversy Means for Gov. Mike Pence

The Wall Street Journal
March 31, 2015

After 10 years in Congress, Mike Pence became governor of Indiana in 2013. This week, the Republican has learned a key difference between being a legislator and being an executive. Legislators get to choose the issues they’ll work on. Executives deal with anything and everything that comes their way. Read more>

A Scouting Report of Emerging GOP Presidential Field

The Wall Street Journal
March 30, 2015

Two weeks ago, college basketball’s annual tournament began in its usual frenzy of chaos and unpredictability. Last week, the fight for the Republican presidential nomination began in much the same way. Read more>

With Harry Reid's Exit, Challenges for Democrats

The Wall Street Journal
March 27, 2015

Harry Reid may have inadvertently conceded his Senate seat to Republican control with his retirement announcement. But his views for the party’s future are much more interesting. Read more>


How Islamic State Threatens Rand Paul’s 2016 Campaign

The Wall Street Journal
March 17, 2015

The past few months, it has come to look like Islamic State cannot defeat U.S. airpower. It’s an open question whether the extremists can overcome the reconfigured Iraqi military. But it appears that they can, at least, defeat Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.). Read more>

How Netanyahu Can Calm the Political Storm Over His Speech 

The Wall Street Journal
February 11, 2015

On Monday, President Obama worried aloud that meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his upcoming trip to the U.S. would inject partisan politics into serious foreign policy discourse. Read more>

The 2015 State of the Union Address ... Brought to You By Elizabeth Warren

The Wall Street Journal
January 20, 2015

Sen. Warren is not the president of the United States, of course, and is unlikely to ever be. But the speech that Barack Obama delivers Tuesday night would not exist if it were not for Sen. Warren and her increasingly effective efforts to drive a more progressive and populist Democratic Party agenda. Read more>

California Democrats and Their (Impatient) Wait to Replace Barbara Boxer

The Wall Street Journal
January 8, 2015

There is a generation of Democratic politicians in California who have been waiting–not so patiently–to move up the political ladder. With Sen. Barbara Boxer‘s announcement that she will not run for re-election in 2016, and likely open seats for governor and the U.S. Senate two years later, a lot of pent-up energy and ambition is about to be unleashed on the nation’s largest state. As the field of potential candidates begins to sort itself out, here are some things to keep in mind: Read more>

The Disappearing Gov. Brown

Op-Ed, The Los Angeles Times
January 4, 2015

Has anyone seen the governor of California?

Four years ago, when Jerry Brown ran to succeed Hollywood-honed Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor, Brown's lower profile and septuagenarian “get off my lawn” countenance appealed to voters searching for a more traditional and less theatrical leader. After he was elected, Brown dramatically reduced the size of the governor's communications staff and cut back on the public events, press releases and interviews that most elected officials use to build support for their political and policy ambitions. Read more>


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