PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Public Service Weekend – Pepperdine University School of Public Policy

Civic Engagement, the Public Trust, & Public Policy

Pepperdine University School of Public Policy
Friday, June 15, 2018 – Sunday, June 17, 2018

According to the Pew Research Center, just 18% of Americans say they trust government always or most of the time – a record low. And this cuts across partisan, ideological, generational, and racial lines. If the public doesn’t trust its own government, can we honestly expect public policy to best serve the public. This free three-day conference will dive deep into how you – as citizens and future leaders – can revitalize public leadership through civic engagement. Learn from practitioners and experts in the importance of the role civic engagement plays in the development and implementation of good public policy.

Programming at a Glance
Apply to attend this exciting weekend conference hosted by the Pepperdine School of Public Policy on its Malibu campus. You will learn from and network with prominent local officials and staffers, the private sector and non-profit executives, and other experts in the area of civic engagement and public leadership. Themes to be explored will include the following topics:

  • Evolution of civic engagement
  • Engaging the public in policy development
  • Risks and rewards of technology in civic engagement  How the government, private sector, and non-profit arena all play crucial roles in properly engaging the public
  • Applying to graduate school

The weekend’s events will include:

  • Special keynote speakers
  • Hands-on, nationally-recognized public engagement training
  • Experiential moderated panels
  • Group project and presentation
  • Time to enjoy the Malibu beach and sun

Eligibility Criteria:
This weekend conference seeks applicants who are currently enrolled or recent graduates of bachelor degree programs who are motivated to become the next generation of policy leaders. Only 40 spots are available!

Applicants must be a citizen of the United States, a legal permanent resident, or qualify for the DREAM Act.  Undergraduate sophomores through recent graduates (1 year) at a 2 or 4-year college/university with interest in the public sector.  Traditionally underrepresented students are encouraged to apply.  All Majors Welcomed!

Priority Application Deadline: 11:59 pm CST on May 7, 2018

Final Deadline: 11:59 pm CST on May 25, 2018

Conference Application

  • Priority Application Deadline: 11:59 pm CST on May 7, 2018
  • Final Deadline: 11:59 pm CST on May 25, 2018
  • Race/Ethnicity

  • Personal Statements

  • Required Documents