The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment will once again collaborate with the Mayor’s Office and the Pat Brown Institute (PBI) for Public Affairs at Cal State LA to present the Civic University (Civic U 2.0) at LA City Council chamber on Mondays , January 8, 22, 29, 2018 and February 5, 2018 from 6 pm – 9 pm. Please register!  Cal State LA’s College of Professional and Graduate Education will provide non-credit university certificates to those who complete the course.

Civic U emphasizes civic and community engagement and gives Neighborhood Council leaders the tools they need to understand city government and influence policy at City Hall.  Last year, the Civic U graduated more than 100 Angelenos in Civic U 1.0.

Civic U. 2.0 provides practical training around self-selected group projects, building on the information provided both in Civic U. 1.0 and in further presentations in 2.0.

This year, we invite each Neighborhood Council to select one male and one female to attend with first priority given to those who have attended Civic U 1.0 in either 2015 or 2017.  However, you can sign up if you did not take Civic U 1.0 and if there is space available.

Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible!

“We cannot build a better Los Angeles without an engaged population that knows how to navigate city government,” said Mayor Garcetti. “That’s why the Civic U emphasizes civic literacy: it’s not just about your vote at the ballot box, it’s about making sure your elected officials are representing your interests.”

Instructors will be under the supervision of Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute (PBI), and author of three books on Los Angeles politics and government. Teaching staff, guest speakers, and group facilitators will be drawn from the Pat Brown Institute (PBI), Cal State LA Faculty, the Mayor’s Office,other city offices, the Center for Nonprofit Management, and trained by the Pat Brown Institute.

You can register at this link:

The last day to register will be Friday, December 15, 2017.