Political Research Center

Suffolk University polls have tracked voter attitudes ahead of elections for the past 15 years. Established in 2002, the Political Research Center conducts statewide polls and bellwether survey analyses in New England and across the country, supplying coveted poll data to USA Today and the Boston Globe during election cycles.

Suffolk students who help conduct voter polls for the center “have a direct impact on the world,” says director David Paleologos. “It’s a hands-on commitment where you’re engaged in the political discussion.” Few colleges poll for both a major national and regional newspaper, Paleologos says—a testament to the center’s reputation for accuracy.

Ford Hall Forum

Leaders and luminaries from all over the political spectrum—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Henry Kissinger, Gloria Steinem, Malcolm X, Ayn Rand, Al Gore, and Eleanor Roosevelt, to name a few—have helped the Ford Hall Forum foster freedom of speech and the open discussion of vital human issues since 1908.

University Pollworkers Project

Founded in 2006 by Rachael Cobb, chair and associate professor of government, the nonpartisan University Pollworkers Project has enlisted and trained more than 500 Suffolk students to support the beating heart of democracy—the voting booth. 

Moakley Breakfast Forum Series

Now in its ninth year, the biannual Moakley Breakfast Forum Series promotes the spirit of community engagement and public service across Suffolk University’s campus and the greater Boston community by promoting dialogue on important public policy issues of local, state, and national interest. This year’s May forum focused on “Immigration Policy: What is Good for America?”

Indigenous Peoples Rights Clinic

Students in Suffolk Law’s Indigenous Peoples Rights Clinic serve Native American tribal governments and indigenous organizations, supporting their nation-building activities and advocacy efforts. Clinic students may work with a division or branch of a tribal government and help with a variety of legal projects.

Housing Discrimination Testing Program

Housing discrimination is a persistent problem all across the country. That’s why Suffolk Law's Housing Discrimination Testing Program (HDTP) has trained more than 200 testers, most of them students, to perform real-world tests that expose and gather evidence of housing discrimination in the Boston area. The HDTP, which has attracted over $2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, also educated potential home buyers and has assisted the City of Boston with policy work.

Supreme Court Clinic

Student attorneys in the Suffolk Law Supreme Court Clinic represent low-income individuals and nonprofits before appellate courts, including the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Campaign Lab: Consider Campaign Lab is a kind of political boot camp open to students and anyone interested in working on a political campaign. Through academic study, site visits, and outstanding guest speakers, this intensive program prepares people to either run for elected office or manage a campaign.

Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

Suffolk Law students accepted into the year-long Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project study constitutional law and simultaneously teach it to Boston-area high school students, empowering them to be responsible citizens and participants in the democratic process.

Congress to Campus

Every spring, two former members of Congress—a bipartisan pair—visit Suffolk through the Congress to Campus program. The bipartisan team speaks candidly to classes about the life of a member of Congress and participates in discussions small-group discussions with Suffolk students.

Experiencing Washington: Experiential learning is crucial to the Suffolk experience. The university offers multiple travel seminars to expose students to the federal policymaking process with a visit to our nation’s capital. For example, two groups of students traveled down to Washington this past June, one an MPA course, “Politics of the Federal Bureaucracy” and the other an EMBA course, “The Washington Seminar.”  Politics of the Federal Bureaucracy is led each summer by former Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Linda Melconian, and this year’s EMBA seminar was led by fellow Institute for Public Service faculty member, Aimee Williamson. Both courses expose students to the policymaking process, related agencies and actors, and a variety of public policy issues.