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Our Mission

We influence public policy debates through on-going academic and community research dealing with African American economic and political development issues in California; document and analyze the professional lives and achievements of African American public-elected official, 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 business people.

Who Are We?

The California African American Political and Economic Institute (CAAPEI), the brainchild of Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, was created by California State legislation, SB 1721, one of former State Senator Tom Hayden’s last bills in 2002, and signed by former Governor Gray Davis. The day-to-day operations of the Institute are managed by an Executive Director who reports to the Provost of CSU Dominguez Hills. It is supported by an Advisory Board comprised of Faculty and Staff of California State University Dominguez Hills, elected officials, policy makers, and business and community leaders.

What We Do

We provide youth leadership training programs; student internships and exchange programs; training workshops for small business and nonprofit organizations; organize conferences, symposium and lectures on many aspects of African American life; carryout community research on African American political and economic issues; and produce an e-Encyclopedia of facts about African American political and economic leaders, including biographies of these leaders, key legislation initiated by them, major political/economic issues, and critical analysis of public policy.