Founded in 2009 by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the mission of the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute is to continue her distinguished legacy of solving important social, economic, and political problems to advance civil discussion and civic action. 

The O'Connor Institute focuses on three areas: broad civic engagement and education; the dissemination of accurate, factual, non-partisan information to inform decision-making and public policy; and preservation of Justice O’Connor’s history for future generations. 


The O’Connor Institute’s civic programs place a strong emphasis on reaching young people, including Camp O’Connor for middle school students, The Debate Society for high school students as well as internships and fellowships for college students.


The O’Connor Institute addresses the need for informed public policy through our Distinguished Speakers Series and Issues & Answers Forums, where prominent national and local experts, researchers, and lawmakers discuss critical issues facing our nation.


Additionally, The O’Connor Institute is documenting Justice O’Connor’s storied life for posterity through an oral history project, Online Library and Digital Archives. The O’Connor Institute previously helped to relocate Justice O’Connor’s former family home and repurpose the site into a venue for civil discourse and special events.


To create a state and nation where important policy decisions affecting our future are made through a process of civil discussion, critical analysis of facts and informed participation of all citizens.

To continue Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s legacy and lifetime work of solving important social, economic and political problems through civil dialogue leading to civic action.

Non-partisan, objective, fact based, centrist, inclusive, collaborative, civil.

The result of the O'Connor process is not to write reports or make recommendations. It is to build partnerships and collaborations within our state and the nation to implement solutions. The O'Connor process can be replicated in organizations, communities and governments nationally and internationally to promote civil discussion and collaborative problem solving.