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MSMU Votes

Engaging Our Community

Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles is fully committed to engaging all members of our community in the democratic process. By providing resources, education, and programming we hope to encourage students to assume and embrace their full role as active citizens and ultimately to become “graduates who are committed to using their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their environments, and the world” (MSMU Mission Statement).

MSMU Votes is an initiative of the Division of Student Affairs coordinated by Women’s Leadership and Student Engagement and in collaboration with various departments and offices.

View our 2014 and 2018 National Study of Learning, Voting, and Enagement Report to learn more.


LA County Election Information 

Local elections are just as important as national elections! The links below have information on the candidates and measures that will be voted on in the upcoming election. Be sure to learn more about the measures and candidates that will affect your community.

Staying Involved After the Election

There are plenty of ways to remain politically active throughout the year. Below are ways that students can remain active in their community so that they can continue to enact social change:

  1. Contact your state and local representatives to make them aware of issues in your community. Use the links below to find who your representatives are, and how you can contact them.
  2. Learn more about proposed laws in California. Below is a link to all of the formally proposed bills in the state of California. Bills can be searched by keyword, so you can find proposed laws that affect the causes you are involved in.
  3. Participate in your local elections. Immediate change happens at the local level, so it is important to stay involved in local elections. Learn about local laws and about candidates who are running for local offices before you vote. The Los Angeles City Clerk Office provides resources to learn about candidates and neighborhood council elections.
  1. City council meeting agendas are a great way to know what your local council members are discussing. To subscribe to city council agendas, use the link below.
  2. Get involved in local organizations and charities. Think about the causes that matter to you and get involved in organizations that support those causes.
    • DoGoodLA Organizations List (DoGoodLA has a list of local organizations that focus on women, children, poverty, and more.)
    • Post-Inauguration involvement guide provided by Community Engagement (In this guide, you will find a number of organizations that are working in areas that came up during the election season.) 
    • Democracy Matters (Democracy matters mentors the next generation of leaders dedicated to strengthening democracy, this site offers students internships and  tools to organize actions and projects on pro-democracy reform issues of civil rights, education, health care, environment and more.)

"All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into that work -- the joyous work of citizenship. Not just when there's an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime."

– Barack Obama