Student Associations

Students in the Political Science and International Studies majors are active on campus through different clubs. They organize events regularly to engage the campus and the community. Each club offers students opportunities for leadership, networking, and meeting people who are active in politics, local non-profit organizations, and building community.

Dominican Political Science Association

We are a club for students, by students. We organize events to engage ourselves and educate the community on issues and topics that are important at the local, national, and global levels. We host widely-praised "Awareness and Engagement Weeks" on topics like Voter Engagement, Veteran Affairs, and Human Trafficking. We create workshops and discussions for students to engage with the political system and NGO's, learn about local and state politics, as well as understand how policy is made and how we can shape it. Our club offers leadership roles for ambitious students and a space for everyone to explore their passions,expand their skills, and make positive change.

For more information and to get involved:
Please email dpsa.contact@gmail.com and join our group at facebook.com/groups/theDPSA
Like our page to stay updated at facebook.com/TheDPSA

 

Contact

Alison Howard, MA
Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Political Science
Pi Sigma Alpha Faculty Advisor
415.485.3298
alison.howard@dominican.edu

Dominican's Debate Club

Dominican has two public policy debate courses that provide a foundation for the debate club. These courses challenge students to develop their debating skills and to be broadly informed about a wide range of contemporary national and international public policy issue areas.  Students engage in rigorous debate practices, exhibitions, and tournaments.  In addition, students develop a portfolio of public policy research summaries that are useful for other courses and research projects

 

Contact

Dr. Christian Dean
Professor of Political Science
Pre-Law Advisor
415.485.3298
dean@dominican.edu

IGNITE at DU

Women represent half the US population but only serve in 22% of public offices and are drastically under-represented in leadership roles.

IGNITE is a non-partisan women's political empowerment non-profit organization whose goal is to be the bridge to gender parity in politics by building "Political Power in Every Young Woman."

The transition from high school to college is precisely when women's political ambition freezes.

IGNITE seeks to change this by creating a network of women who support each other in their ambitions for civic and political leadership training. IGNITE National provides our chapter with an elected officials and leaders network, as well as endless opportunities to get involved in the political process.

Our chapter hosts bi-weekly meetings to discuss relevant policy issues, learn from dynamic elected officials, and develop leadership skills. We offer leadership opportunities for strong-willed students to spearhead our efforts of civic and political engagement on campus. Club Board Members are invited to sit on the prestigious Northern California College Council with IGNITE campus leaders from Berkeley, Stanford, and many other universities.

For more information and to get involved:
Please email: DU.IGNITE@gmail.com and join our group at facebook.com/groups/duIGNITE
Like our page to stay updated at facebook.com/DU.IGNITE

When women run, they WIN.         When women lead, we all SUCCEED. 

 

Contact

Alison Howard, MA
Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Political Science
415.485.3298
alison.howard@dominican.edu

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of government in the United States. At present, there are nearly 700 Pi Sigma Alpha chapters on campuses across the country. Pi Sigma Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

The Dominican University of California Alpha Delta Omicron Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha was established in fall 2006. Applicants must have completed a minimum of ten semester-credits of coursework in political science (including at least one upper-division course) with a B average in those courses.  Applicants must also have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

There is a one-time initiation fee of $40, and no annual dues.

 

 

Contact

Alison Howard, MA
Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Political Science
Pi Sigma Alpha Faculty Advisor
415.485.3298
alison.howard@dominican.edu