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News June 4, 2020

Taylor Lewis (MPAff '20): 'The Dean's Certificate in State and Local Finance program was the best decision I made as an LBJ student'

During the 2019–20 academic year, the LBJ School introduced the inaugural Dean's Certificate program, offering students the opportunity to delve deeper into two areas: state and local finance, and data science and policy analysis. Just before commencement, Taylor Lewis (MPAff '20) took a moment to tell us about his experience with the Dean's Certificate in State and Local Finance program.

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Taylor Lewis (MGPS '20)
News June 4, 2020

CSRD presents a community conversation on justice and equity in a time of national racial crisis

On June 3, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy presented "Justice and Equity in a Time of National Crisis" — a community conversation featuring Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Austin City Council Member Alison Alter and Austin City Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison, and moderated by LBJ Professors Peniel Joseph and Jeremi Suri. Nearly 1,000 people attended the online session discussing racial injustice in America, the protests in 75 cities sparked by the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis on May 26, and the history of race in the United States that is the root cause of the civil unrest. WATCH THE SESSION.

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Justice and Equity in a Time of National Racial Crisis — a community conversation presented by CSRD
News June 1, 2020

LBJ Dean Angela Evans: 'We have to open our eyes and hearts to stand together.'

"America's failures and flaws are undeniably being laid bare," writes LBJ School Dean Angela Evans. "There is no excuse for the loss of over 100,000 Americans to a virus. There is no excuse for another unarmed black man dying on our streets at the hand of a police officer. There is no excuse for millions of our fellow Americans having to struggle to eat and secure shelter. We must step up. Righteous indignation is not enough. Only when we get into the game — into the arena — when we stop blame and commit to working on these problems with open minds and hearts can things get better."

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LBJ School Dean Angela Evans
News May 18, 2020

RGK's CONNECT program gives graduates valuable consulting experience

As the spring semester comes to a close, 29 CONNECT graduate fellows from across campus wrap up their data and evaluation projects and prepare to present their work. The CONNECT program, developed and spearheaded by LBJ Professor Patrick Bixler, identifies nonprofit and public-serving organizations in the Austin area that have scoped a data project and matches them with graduate students seeking applied evaluation or measurement-related experience.

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LBJ Professor Charlee Garden works with LBJ students in the CONNECT program
News May 15, 2020

Colin Crowell, former VP of global public policy and philanthropy at Twitter, to deliver 2020 LBJ School commencement address

Colin Crowell, Twitter's former vice president of global public policy & philanthropy, will deliver the commencement address to the 2020 graduating class of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin during the school's virtual commencement ceremony on May 23, 2020.

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Colin Crowell, former VP of global public policy and philanthropy at Twitter: "I look forward to virtually celebrating the graduates of 2020."
News May 15, 2020

LBJ Ph.D. student Francisca Bogolasky wins the 2020 Alma H. Young Emerging Scholar Award

Francisca Bogolasky, a Ph.D. candidate at the LBJ School, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Alma H. Young Emerging Scholar Award, which is given by the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) to a promising Ph.D. candidate or early career researcher whose work demonstrates a commitment to rigorous and impactful research and service.

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News May 13, 2020

Texas policy experts offer playbook for post-pandemic recovery

As state leaders begin to restart the Texas economy, policy experts from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston have issued a nine-point playbook for rebuilding a more equitable and inclusive future Texas.

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A Playbook for Resiliency: Creating Opportunity for All Texans
News May 11, 2020

LBJ alumni on the frontlines of COVID-19 response

As policymakers, public servants, nonprofit leaders, members of the private sector and more, LBJ School alumni are playing a critical role in contributing solutions during the COVID-19 crisis. Their training from the LBJ School is being put to the test: They are approaching complex problems and finding innovative answers, from building ways for students to learn better online and protecting the homeless population from the virus to coordinating emergency response efforts, LBJ School alumni are doing immeasurable good on an international scale.

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LBJ alumni working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis
News May 7, 2020

Greta Rymal (MPAff ‘75) establishes student fellowship at LBJ School

LBJ School alumna Greta Rymal has generously established The Greta and Joe Rymal Endowed Scholarship in Public Affairs to benefit graduate students pursuing their master’s degrees in public affairs or global policy studies.

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Joe and Greta Rymal (MPAff '75), who has established an LBJ student fellowship
News April 1, 2020

LBJ School launches virtual series, 'LBJ In the Arena,' to explore public policy’s critical role in dealing with COVID-19

In recent weeks, COVID-19 has reshaped the way Americans live, work, learn and govern. In response, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin will convene "LBJ In the Arena," an eight-week virtual event series exploring the impact of COVID-19 on our communities, starting April 1, 2020.

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Graphic: LBJ In the Arena, with UT

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