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