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 41st 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 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.
The vision of the Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute is to be the leader in scholarly research, public policy engagement, and academic programs and projects for California’s African American communities.
The mission of the Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute is to influence public policy debates through on-going academic and community research dealing with African American political and economic development concerns and impacts in California.
Through the development of a rich oral history project, MDAAPEI explores and documents 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.
MDAAPEI will provide training programs for current and future leaders such as the African American Leadership Training program for high school students and entrepreneurial directed training for local businesses.
The Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute is led by a full time director who reports to the CSUDH chief academic advisor and manages the day-to-day operations of the Institute. A National Advisory Board comprised of distinguished elected officials, policy makers, business, and community leaders, academic and student leaders will provide advice and guidance on the endeavors of the Institute.