Strategic Partnerships

Dominican is fortunate to have a variety of strategic partnerships with local and national organizations, foundations and businesses. Two partnerships in particular have provided a great deal of enrichment for our students: both the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute and World Affairs Council.

American University's Washington Semester Program

Washington_Semester.jpgAs a member school, Dominican University offers an opportunity for students to take part in the Washington Semester program. The program combines academic courses taught on American University's campus by well known academics and practitioners with and an internship in Washington, DC for one semester. Washington, DC is an exciting place to be as a Political Science or International Studies major. The programs of study and variety of internships are sure to be an excellent experiential learning opportunity for students. In addition, there are scholarships available through the program. Washington Semester program guidelines. 

Betty and David Jones Language Scholarships

The Betty and David Jones Language Scholarships offer up to 50 full-tuition scholarships for study during summer 2012 at the Middlebury Language Schools, the Middlebury Institute Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) or the Middlebury Institute Intensive English Program. To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must be admitted to a degree program at the Middlebury Institute in international policy studies, international environmental policy, public administration, nonproliferation and terrorism studies, bachelor of arts in international studies, international business (MBA), translation and interpretation, translation and localization management, or teaching a foreign language for Fall 2012. A limited number of top students will receive full scholarships including tuition, room, and board to attend the Middlebury Language Schools; additional highly qualified students will receive tuition-only scholarships to attend SILP and/or the Intensive English Program at the Middlebury Institute.

Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace

The Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace offer up to 15 full fellowships—including tuition, room, board and books to attend Middlebury Language Schools during summer 2012. To be eligible for fellowships, candidates must be admitted to a degree program in international policy, public administration, nonproliferation and terrorism studies, international environmental policy, international business, or teaching foreign language, for Fall 2012. Fellowship recipients will study Arabic, Chinese, Japanese or Russian through the Language Schools’ signature immersion model, allowing students to enhance language skills to meet enrollment prerequisites at the Middlebury Institute for Fall 2012.


Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute Leadership Training & Congressional Internship

Panetta Institute Logo.jpgPanetta Institute Leadership Seminar
The incoming President of Associated Students of Dominican University (ASDU) attends a 1-week seminar at Panetta Institute housed at CSU Monterey Bay. Invitees are incoming student body presidents of 23 CSU campuses, Dominican University of California and Santa Clara University.

Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program
Through a competitive selection process, one Dominican student leader is selected who is prepared and interested in serving our community, state and nation. The 1-semester program begins with a two-week orientation at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay. Following the training and orientation, the Dominican student intern is placed at a congressional office in Washington D.C. where the student will work for the fall semester.

World Affairs Council

World Affairs Council Logo.jpgThe Marin Chapter of the World Affairs Council (WAC) offers a series of monthly programs on the Dominican University of California campus, in the Creekside or Shield Room.  Each month, from August through June, WAC presents a lecture on a specific world issue, e.g. War in Iraq, Energy Crisis, Palestine/Israeli conflict, etc.

The evening starts with an optional dinner tied, if possible, to the theme or region of the evening. Dessert and program follow. There is a Q & A after the talk. Schedule and prices are below.

  • Reception: 6:30 PM
  • Dinner: 7:00 PM
  • Dessert: 7:30 PM
  • Program: 7:50 PM

Dinner and Program:

  • WAC Members and Dominican Faculty & Staff: $30
  • Non-members: $35 

Dessert and Program:

  • WAC Members and Dominican Faculty & Staff: $6
  • Nonmembers: $9
  • Students with valid ID:  Free

Dominican University of California, Caleruega Dining Hall
Previous Events:

  • Islamism and Democracy in Algeria: Fred H. Lawson, Professor of Government at Mills College
  • Outsourcing: Hartmut Fischer, Professor of Economics, University of San Francisco
  • How Government and Industry are Transforming Japanese Capitalism: Steven K. Vogel, Associate Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley
  • Challenges in American Foreign Policy: Michael Nacht, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

For the current Marin Chapter event visit  or contact Alice Bartholomew at 415.293.4600 or [email protected]


Fostering an appreciation of cultural diversity and global interdependence is a fundamental part of a Dominican education. We want you to develop a rich understanding of different cultural perspectives and experiences and there is no better way to do that than by spending time living, learning and working in a foreign country.

Learn about Dominican's study abroad opportunities by visiting the University's Global Education Office.