At UBC’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions we hear concerns about the quality of our democracy. We need good people to enter politics, people who are prepared for the job. And yet politics is the only career for which no training is required. That’s why the Centre is running a program called The Summer Institute for Future Legislators—a boot camp for political wannabes. The Institute is open to anyone who seeks to serve in elected office. Students are welcome.
Inspiring and experienced practitioners from across the political spectrum provide coaching and advice on topics vital to our democracy. Participants learn, first-hand, the practical challenges of serving as a legislator—how to make laws, how to represent constituents, how to communicate through various media.
In order to ensure the program is highly accessible, we seek funding to cover program fees for applicants for whom the program cost is prohibitive.
Please help support future leaders who have the drive and talent to make a difference!
“In 2014 I attended the UBC Summer Institute for Future Legislators in Vancouver and Victoria. I am glad that I had the opportunity to participate in this program before I was elected to the Alberta legislature. The experience of working with other participants on topics like representation, lawmaking, and constituency service, and the exposure to inspiring practitioners, is helpful to anyone interested in serving in elected office whether at the local, provincial or federal levels.”
— Heather Sweet, MLA (NDP, Alberta)
The mission of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions is to advance publicly engaged research, teaching, and dissemination of ideas and knowledge about innovation in democratic practice and institutions.