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Alumni Spotlights and Events

Alumni Spotlights and Events

News November 18, 2020

LBJ School honors outstanding graduates with 2020 alumni awards

Two public affairs graduates will be honored as outstanding alumni of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin on Monday, Dec. 14.  Alejandra Castillo, a 1998 public affairs graduate and president and CEO of the YWCA, is the recipient of the school’s highest alumni honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA). Lauren Rose, a 2010 public affairs graduate and public policy director at the Texas Network of Youth Services, is the recipient of the Rising Leader Award (RLA).

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2020 Outstanding Alumni Awards recipients: Lauren Rose (MPAff '10) and Alejandra Castillo (MPAff '98)
News November 6, 2020

LBJ's Peniel Joseph appointed to committee to document the history of 'The Eyes of Texas'

LBJ Professor Peniel Joseph has been appointed to a committee of two dozen faculty scholars, students and alumni — including athletes and Longhorn Band representatives — that has been charged with documenting the facts and chronicling the nearly 120-year history of "The Eyes of Texas" as part of The University of Texas at Austin's commitment to fully own, acknowledge and teach about its school song.

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A view of the UT Tower and LBJ Professor and CSRD Director Peniel Joseph
News November 6, 2020

LBJ School alumni prevail at the polls in 2020

Nine of the 11 LBJ School alumni who ran for local and state office in the November 2020 general election emerged victorious.

 

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LBJ School alumni who won office in 2020
News November 4, 2020

Meet the LBJ School alumni who ran for office in 2020

LBJ School alumni appeared on ballots across the country on Nov. 3, vying for seats at the local and state level. From school board to state representative, these alumni have diverse professional backgrounds and are carrying on the LBJ legacy of public service.

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LBJ alums running for office in '20. Top row: Oscar De La Torre, Rodney Ellis, Vikki Goodwin, Ann Howard, Rudy Metayer. Bottom row: Piper Nelson, Leslie Pool, Kiran Sreepada, Jeff Travillion, Gene Wu.
Media Mention October 16, 2020

Pandemic forces more women to leave the workforce

More than 800,000 American women dropped out of the labor force last month — a significantly larger number than men. For many, the move didn't happen by choice.

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News October 15, 2020

LBJ School presents 50th Forum: 'In the Arena: Defining a New Destiny'

On Monday, Oct. 12, the LBJ School of Public Affairs presented the first forum of its 50th anniversary celebration. The prime-time presentation, "In the Arena: Defining a New Destiny," featured some of today's most important thinkers and doers sharing their sense of purpose in the fight for racial justice and equity, and discussing the leadership and vision that can lead us forward. 

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LBJ FORUM, Oct. 12, 2020: In the Arena: Defining a New Destiny
News October 8, 2020

LBJ School presents 50th Forum: 'In the Arena: The LBJ Era… to the Present'

On Monday, Oct. 5, the LBJ School of Public Affairs presented the first forum of its 50th anniversary celebration. The prime-time presentation, "In the Arena: The LBJ Era… to the Present," featured some of today's most important thinkers and doers discussing how President Johnson's legacy of bold action inspired their work to fight for change on critical issues from racial justice and equality to health care, jobs and poverty.

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LBJ50 Forum I — In the Arena: The LBJ Era… to the Present
October 7, 2020

Introducing the 'Poverty Now' speaker series

As we celebrate the LBJ School's 50th anniversary this week, we look back on President Lyndon B. Johnson's 1964 State of the Union address, where he declared an "unconditional war" on poverty. That war established a range of new programs designed to reduce poverty and inequality in the United States and laid the foundation for today's anti-poverty programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Medicare; Medicaid; Head Start; and expanded Social Security benefits. As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to greatly increase the proportion of Americans suffering from serious economic distress, the LBJ School is launching a limited speaker series, "Poverty Now," which will look at the reasons behind the persistence of poverty and inequality in the United States and will examine a range of policies intended to address these problems.

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News October 2, 2020

LBJ School at Texas Tribune Festival 2020

Alumni and faculty from the LBJ School of Public Affairs led conversations on urban policy, state and local government and more at the 2020 Texas Tribune Festival. LBJ School students were part of the festival’s social media insider team, which comes with access to 30 days of online programming with more than 250 speakers and 100 engaging conversations. Find out more at festival.texastribune.org. 

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LBJ School is a 2020 Texas Tribune Festival sponsor.
September 30, 2020

Post Presidential Debate Roundtable with the LBJ School

We are only a few weeks from a historic presidential election. The two candidates will face off on Tuesday, Sept. 29 for the first of three presidential debates, where topics will include: Trump's and Biden's records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, the economy, race and violence in U.S. cities, and the integrity of the election. Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto led a roundtable discussion and analysis of the debate and each candidates' policies and performance with LBJ School and UT faculty.

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