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News April 3, 2019

Give to the LBJ School during 40 Hours for the 40 Acres

On April 3 and 4, the LBJ School of Public Affairs will participate in the annual 40 Hours for the Forty Acres giving event, a 40-hour celebration of giving benefiting the LBJ School and UT Austin. Gifts to the LBJ school deliver critical resources to our students and faculty members, provide extraordinary educational opportunities, and help the school continue to be a model for graduate education in public affairs that effectively blends the academic with the practical while keeping pace with a changing world.

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The LBJ School of Public Affairs building with the 40 Hours for the 40 acres logo
News April 3, 2019

Detaining immigrant youth: disability rights at the border

The past year has brought heightened attention to the treatment of immigrant children at the U.S. border, as the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy meant separating families at the border and detaining children. The administration's policies of detainment continue to pose a threat to immigrants — particularly children with disabilities, who often require specialized services and treatment. These children have been separated from guardians and caretakers and placed in facilities with little to no oversight.

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photo of migrant children used in CHASP blog
News April 1, 2019

LBJ School hosts conversation on electing women to public office

On March 27, Royce Brooks, the executive director of Annie’s List, a progressive group dedicated to electing women to office, delivered remarks at the LBJ School as part of a new civic engagement speaker series. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, the director of civic engagement at the LBJ School, leads the series.

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Annie's List Executive Director Royce Brooks talks with a student during a visit to the LBJ School on March 27, 2019
News March 27, 2019

A look back at #LBJatSXSW 2019

Austin is home to South by Southwest (SXSW), a convergence of the interactive, film and music industries from March 8-17. LBJ School faculty, students and alumni were among the speakers, panelists and participants, bringing innovative ideas, hard questions and creative solutions to a community of leaders and engaged stakeholders.

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News March 25, 2019

Royce Brooks of Annie's List talks campaigns at LBJ

On March 27, Royce Brooks, executive director of Annie's List — an organization started in 2003 to recruit, train and support progressive women running for office at both the state and local levels in Texas — will join LBJ School students for a lunchtime session to discuss

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Royce Brooks, executive director of Annie's List
News March 25, 2019

LBJ School students inform City of Austin aging policy during one-day symposium

The Austin-Round Rock metro area is home to the country's second-fastest growing population of adults ages 65 and older, and is on track to hit approximately 700,000 seniors by 2040. The urgent and increasing need for health and care arrangements for these seniors is the focus of a one-day symposium hosted by the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, AustinUP and the City of Austin Commission on Seniors

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LBJ students Emma Nye, Alex Abbot, Patricia Hart and Katy Quan with Professor Jacqui Angel (center)
News March 25, 2019

LBJ School student team named a regional winner of the 2019 NASPAA-Batten Student simulation competition

A team of seven LBJ School of Public Affairs students was named regional winner of the 2019 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition on Feb. 23. The LBJ School was one of 11 global sites to host the competition, a partnership between the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) and the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

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Group of LBJ students wearing medals as regional winners at the 2019 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition.
News March 24, 2019

'Extending the power of the people:' The 22nd annual Barbara Jordan National Forum

Citizenship and power were central to the theme of the 22nd annual Barbara Jordan National Forum, the signature, student-led weeklong program that pays tribute to the life and legacy of former congresswoman, distinguished public servant and teacher Barbara Jordan. This year's celebration, on the theme "Extending the Power of the People," took place Feb. 18–22, and was inspired by Jordan's words: "We believe that the people are the source of all governmental power; that the authority of the people is to be extended, not restricted." Take a look at some of the week's events. 

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LBJ students Sarah Gonzalez Claytor and Hanna Munin, LBJ Professor Michele Deitch, Dallas Co. DA John Creuzot, LBJ student Joel Carter and LBJ Dean Angela Evans
News March 21, 2019

Policy on Purpose: A Research-Based Approach to Criminal Justice

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot is a retired judge and award-winning lawyer with more than three decades of experience in the criminal justice system, including as a felony district court judge, Dallas County assistant district attorney and chief felony prosecutor, as well as a criminal defense lawyer in private practice. He talks with LBJ School Dean Angela Evans about taking a research-based approach to criminal justice, and the challenges in trying to move the system away from the idea of jail as a default to the idea of a model based on treatment, reducing crime and reducing recidivism.

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Dallas County DA John Creuzot speaks at the 2019 BJNF
News March 20, 2019

Universities are battleground for Trump administration directives on transgender students

Under the Obama administration, the scope of Title IX was broadened. The administration issued robust guidance regarding procedures for sexual misconduct investigations, expanding services for students with disabilities, and laying out expectations for how universities accommodate transgender students. In February 2017, the Trump administration quietly rescinded those policies

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