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News May 11, 2022

Class of 2022: Chelsi Chang chosen as student speaker

It is the Graduate Public Affair Council's pleasure to announce that Chelsi Chang will be our LBJ School Class of 2021 Student Commencement Speaker! Chelsi will be sharing the stage with Ambassador Vilma Martinez, who has been named our Commencement Keynote Speaker.

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Chelsi Chang
News April 25, 2022

CONNECT Program Manager Alyssa Studer recognized with Outstanding Staff Award

Alyssa Studer, Program Manager for the CONNECT program, received the Outstanding Staff Award from the President's Office. The award recognizes non-teaching UT Austin employees who have made outstanding contributions to the continuing success of the university. Alyssa received the award due to her outstanding service to the CONNECT program, which Alyssa has managed since its beginning in Spring 2019. 

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Alyssa Studer with CONNECT Project Manager for Data Initiatives Ethan Tenison (left) and CONNECT faculty lead Dr. Patrick Bixler.
News April 13, 2022

Alumni Spotlight: Pedro Conceição (Ph.D. '00)

In this installment of the LBJ School Alumni Association Board's LBJ School Alumni Spotlight Series, Special Projects Committee Chair Rama Singh Rastogi (EMPL '18) interviews Pedro Conceição (Ph.D. '00). Conceição is director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the Human Development Report with the United Nations Development Programme.

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Pedro Conceição (PhD '00)
News April 13, 2022

RGK Faculty Fellow Becky Lentz selected as city fellow

Dr. Becky Lentz has been selected as one of several City Fellows (three university-based and several community-based) for the 2021–22 academic year affiliated with UT Austin's Equitable and Regenerative Cities Flagship Project. City Fellows join a team of more than 150 researchers as part of Planet Texas 2050, one of three Grand Challenge research grants at The University of Texas at Austin supported by UT's Bridging Barriers program. The Planet Texas 2050 team works across disciplines to find ways to make our state more resilient, "adapting to thrive" in the face of climate change and population growth.

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UT Tower at sunset
News April 7, 2022

RGK Center event recap: Philanthropy in Communities of Color

On Wednesday, March 30, the RGK Center collaborated with the Policy Alliance for Communities of Color (PACC), a student group at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, to host an event exploring philanthropy in communities of color. The panel was

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Kendra Garrett, Tyeshia Wilson, Ruben Cantu talk about philanthropy in communities of color
News April 4, 2022

Ambassador Vilma Martinez named 2022 graduation speaker at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Vilma Martinez, the first woman to represent the United States as ambassador to Argentina and a UT graduate, returns to The University of Texas at Austin to deliver the graduation address to the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs class of 2022 on May 21.

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Ambassador Vilma Martinez
News March 31, 2022

The U.S. can get close to deep decarbonization by 2050, study finds

The United States will get only partially toward deep reductions in greenhouse gases with the policy tools currently available even in the scenario most favorable politically to decarbonization. That's the finding from a recent study published in Energy Policy by a team of interdisciplinary researchers from The University of Texas at Austin that looked at the political feasibility of deep decarbonization in the United States. The results suggest that new policies and tools will be needed to reduce greenhouse gases from sectors like heavy industry.

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Solar array in Indiana. Credit: American Public Power Assn., Unsplash
News March 29, 2022

LBJ expertise and perspectives on the war in Ukraine

A roundup of commentary and analysis on the war in Ukraine from LBJ School faculty Raj Patel, Alan Kuperman, Will Inboden, Sheena Greitens and Peniel Joseph, along with an expert panel on developments on the ground.

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Ukraine flag. Credit: Just Click's With A Camera, Flickr
News March 29, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits LBJ School at UT Austin

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stopped by the LBJ School at The University of Texas at Austin during her visit to Texas in late March. She spent a significant amount of time with 30 public policy students, including several who will study in the nation's capital during their summer and fall semesters at the school's Washington, DC, campus.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Luci Baines Johnson, LBJ Dean JR DeShazo and students, March 22, 2022
News March 22, 2022

65 women leaders comprise LBJ Women's Campaign School incoming class

Today, the LBJ Women's Campaign School announced the 65 women who will form its third incoming class. The LBJ Women's Campaign School is a nonpartisan, issue-neutral program that trains women who want to run for elected office or become campaign managers, regardless of political party. The program brings together top political experts from across the nation to lead an immersive training program on topics including media relations, public speaking, fundraising, grassroots organizing and more. The program kicks off in Austin on April 29-30, with monthly virtual through November. Through the eight-month program, these women will gain an insider network, professional mentorship, and the skills they need to win.

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LBJ School Cohort 3 (2022)