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About MDAAPEI

History

As a non-partisan public policy center at California State University, Dominguez Hills, the Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute (MDAAPEI), was the brainchild of Assembly Member Mervyn M. Dymally.

Mervyn M. Dymally was a California Democratic politician.  He served in the California State Assembly (1963-1966) and the California State Senate (1967-1975).  He was also the 4151 Lieutenant Governor for California (1975-1979), U.S. House of Representatives (1981-1993), and again served the California State Assembly (2003-2008).

Representative Dymally embodied a strong commitment to the political and economic development and representation of students, faculty, and members in the surrounding community with a focus on social equity and civic engagement to enhance the lives of all people.

Mission

The mission of the Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic is to influence public policy debates through on-going academic and community research dealing with African American political and economic development concerns in California; explore and document the professional lives and achievements of African American public-elected officials, business leaders, and policy makers as well as the impact of their efforts on the political, social, and economic development in the African American communities and other disadvantaged communities; and provide training programs for current and future leaders and local businesses.

Vision

The Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute will be the facilitator for the African American community and a leader of inclusive urban related programs and projects.

Leadership

The Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute is led by Executive Director Brenda Riddick who reports to the Provost and manages the day-to-operations of the Institute. An Advisory Board comprised of faculty and staff, elected officials, policy makers, and business and community leaders will support the Institute.

Goals

The Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute's goals are:

  1. To provide a youth leadership training program for high school students commencing during the summer.
  2. To engage community and civic leaders in urban and community roundtable forums focused on the challenges of political and economic development.
  3. To support university cultural programs and initiatives in collaboration with disciplines of Africana Studies, STEM, student organizations and others.
  4. To research, examine, and recognize the lives of African American leaders from the past and present to share their dedication and commitment to the African American community.