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The Mervyn Dymally African American Political & Economic Institute at CSU Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) will host tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. its inaugural Policy Roundtable Discussion of 2018, which will focus on the institute’s Constituency Awareness Survey that measured public levels of awareness of critical statewide and local policies on the November midterm ballot. The roundtable will take place in the Claudia Hampton Lecture Hall, located in Welch Hall, room 165.

Conducted two weeks prior to the November midterm elections by the Evitarus Public Opinion Research firm, the Constituency Awareness Survey sought to understand public awareness of state and local policy proposals in high-intensity national election cycles. The survey was also designed to determine how public knowledge extends beyond the knowledge of candidates, and whether public levels of civic engagement extended beyond voting.

During the roundtable executives from Evitarus will present the polling results and analysis of the underlining assumptions captured in the survey. Dr. Anthony Samad, director of the Dymally Institute, will provide an assessment of the post-election outcomes of California and Los Angeles County ballot initiatives and their consistency with the “Blue wave” democratic partisanship that swept throughout the state. Samad will also address how the voting results related to specific policies will affect low-income, under-educated, and underserved voting populations.

The Policy Roundtable Discussion is held in partnership with CSUDH’s Public Policy Institute and the Organization Leadership Effectiveness Lab.

The Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political & Economic Institute is a research and public engagement Think Tank founded to study and document the history and politics of African Americans in California and throughout the nation. Through the development of rich oral and digital history archives, the MDAAPEI explores and documents the professional lives and achievements of African American public-elected officials, business and community leaders.

The Institute also holds issues forums, roundtable discussions and distinguished speakers series to examine current issues in African American culture, and the impact of public policy efforts on the political and economic development of African American and other disadvantaged communities. Dr. Anthony A. Samad, Ph.D., is the executive drector of the Dymally Institute. He may be contacted at (310) 243-2659 or at

To confirm your attendance at this morning’s roundtable discussion, call Gladys Jackson at (310) 243-2659 or contact her at