The Center’s Mission
The Center’s mission is to bridge academia and government in the service of strengthening California’s democracy.
The Center is uniquely equipped to fulfill this mission. Through its award-winning Capital Fellows Programs, the Center has direct involvement with all three branches of state government. Being situated in the state’s capital city further strengthens the connection with government. At the same time, the Center is a part of the country’s largest public university system, and has strong ties to academic programming and research efforts. The Center’s Faculty Research Fellows Program, Visiting Scholar program, annual Envisioning California conference, and various other programming further cement its role in bridging academia and government in the service of the state’s democracy.
The Center’s goals
To accomplish its mission, the Center has identified these goals:
- To assist California’s public officials and policymakers in addressing the state’s challenges through policy research and productive dialogue.
- To foster in California’s future leaders a dedication to public service and a commitment to the values of representative democracy, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary for an effective and ethical public career.
- To promote civic literacy among Californians, inspiring greater understanding of our state, government, people and history.
Among the Center’s programming are these key programs. For a look at all Center programs, see the drop-down menus at the top of our home page.
- Annual Envisioning California Conference
- California Elections Data Archive (CEDA)
- Oral History Project
- Visiting Scholar
Additionally, the Center actively pursues opportunities to support other California Studies activities and events throughout the state.