Southern California Government-to-University Initiative

Overview

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About the Initiative

SCAG, in partnership with the Pardee RAND Graduate School, launched the Southern California Government-to-University (SoCal G2U) initiative in February 2020. It is one of five such initiatives around the country (the others are in Pittsburgh, Kansas, Chicago, and North Carolina) that are addressing critical governance challenges by building regional networks of governments and universities. Initiated by the non-profit Volcker Alliance, founded by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, G2Us sustainably connect government’s hiring and research needs with local university capacity and is premised on the notion that bringing government and university leaders together is a powerful approach to strengthening government’s ability to deliver on its mission. At the core of the G2U Initiative is a growing group of vibrant, regional networks connecting local, state, and federal government leaders with key faculty and administrators from surrounding colleges and universities.

The SoCal G2U recently launched a project to address barriers to talent and diversity in public sector careers and supports SCAG’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the steering committee includes member cities, as well as state, federal, and other local and university partners.

Project Objectives

  • Document challenges to attracting talented and diverse college and university students in public sector careers in the Los Angeles region.
  • Produce videos to support recruiting efforts.
  • Support the SoCal G2U team in formulating action plans to address challenges and messaging for future communication campaigns.

Additional Information

For more information, please refer to the Volcker Alliance website.

CONTACT

Debbie Dillon
Chief Strategy Officer
SCAG
Tel: (213) 236-1870
Email: dillon@scag.ca.gov

Sandy Buchan
Executive Director of Career Services
Pardee RAND Graduate School
Tel: (310) 367-0204
Email: sbuchan@rand.org

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Doctoral Research Showcase Seminar Series

In partnership with the Volcker Alliance, SCAG, and the Pardee RAND Graduate School, the SoCal G2U Initiative is hosting a series of online seminars showcasing research from doctoral candidates in the Southern California area that may influence the future of work in the public sector. 

Each session will be offered via Zoom and include representatives from graduate programs with research specializing in the listed areas. Pardee RAND Graduate School and California State University Dominguez Hills are coordinating the events.

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Public Sector Career Exploration Series

In partnership with the Volcker Alliance, the SoCal G2U Initiative, is hosting a Public Sector Career Exploration Series for faculty, students, and alumni from higher education institutions located throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.

These webinars are scheduled to be held on the second Wednesday of the month, beginning May 12, 2021 and running through November 10, 2021. They will take place from 9 – 11 a.m.