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Alumni Spotlights and Events

September 23, 2020

Health Care for People Without Housing During COVID-19

People experiencing homelessness are some of the most vulnerable here in Austin and all over the country. During the current coronavirus pandemic, social service and public health organizations have had to adjust quickly to safely provide health care and resources like PPE and sanitation to an already hard-to-reach population. Audrey Kuang, M.D., associate director of community engagement and health equality for CommUnityCare Health Centers and an assistant professor at the Dell Medical School, joined LBJ In the Arena to talk about CommUnityCare's work on the ground to improve and sustain health outcomes for our most vulnerable people and keep them safe from the coronavirus. James Snow, assistant director of the Public Works Department of the City of Austin, also joined us to talk about the city's efforts to provide safe, temporary shelter and sanitation to those currently experiencing homelessness. The panel will be moderated by LBJ School Professor of Practice Sherri Greenberg, who also serves as the chairperson of the Board of Managers of Central Health.

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September 16, 2020

Protecting the Right to Vote with the Travis & Harris County Clerks

The coronavirus pandemic is still wreaking havoc throughout the country, forcing election officials to rethink many of their normal protocols. Here in Texas, unlike in many other states, expanded mail-in voting — which would help to alleviate some of the concerns of in-person voting — has not been allowed. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir (MPAff '81) and Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins joined us to talk about the challenges they have faced in preparing for a safe 2020 election.

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LBJ In the Arena, Sept. 9, 2020 — Hospitals: Fighting COVID-19 on the Frontlines
September 16, 2020

Health Care for People Without Housing During COVID-19

People experiencing homelessness are some of the most vulnerable here in Austin and all over the country. During the current coronavirus pandemic, social service and public health organizations have had to adjust quickly to safely provide health care and resources like PPE and sanitation to an already hard-to-reach population. Audrey Kuang, M.D., associate director of community engagement and health equality for CommUnityCare Health Centers and an assistant professor at the Dell Medical School, joined LBJ In the Arena to talk about CommUnityCare's work on the ground to improve and sustain health outcomes for our most vulnerable people and keep them safe from the coronavirus. James Snow, assistant director of the Public Works Department of the City of Austin, also joined us to talk about the city's efforts to provide safe, temporary shelter and sanitation to those currently experiencing homelessness. The panel will be moderated by LBJ School Professor of Practice Sherri Greenberg, who also serves as the chairperson of the Board of Managers of Central Health.

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LBJ In the Arena, Sept. 9, 2020 — Hospitals: Fighting COVID-19 on the Frontlines
September 9, 2020

Hospitals: Fighting COVID-19 on the Frontlines

Hospitals have been the epicenter for fighting the coronavirus since its arrival on U.S. shores in early 2020. Peter McCanna (MPAff '86), president of Baylor Scott & White Health, joined LBJ School Dean Angela Evans to discuss how hospitals and health care facilities have coped to these unprecedented pressures and how they are adapting their operations and services to help mitigate challenges they will face in future public health emergencies.

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LBJ In the Arena, Sept. 9, 2020 — Hospitals: Fighting COVID-19 on the Frontlines
News August 28, 2020

LBJ School at Texas Tribune Festival 2020

Alumni and faculty from the LBJ School of Public Affairs will lead conversations on urban policy, state and local government and more at the 2020 Texas Tribune Festival. LBJ School students are 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.
Feature August 18, 2020

The full picture: LBJ alums tackle the COVID-19 crisis from all sides

Wes and Savin Ven Johnson attended the LBJ School of Public Affairs and graduated from the MGPS program in 2012. "We were the weird couple who decided to go back to grad school together and were so excited," Savin said. "We sat in the front row, holding hands, raising our hands for everything."

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Wes (right) and Savin Ven Johnson (MGPS '12) graduating from the LBJ School
Media Mention August 7, 2020

What it takes to build a nonpartisan pipeline for women candidates

"In a space dominated by Democratic groups, the LBJ Women's Campaign School highlights its nonpartisan approach in trying to help more women get elected to office. It's not that simple." LBJ Women's Campaign School Executive Director Amy Kroll (MPAff '20) talks with The 19th about the program's mission.

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Luci Baines Johnson talks with a group of Presidential Leadership Scholars
News July 8, 2020

MGPS alumna handles risk communication efforts in Sudan for UN agency

Amy Kalmbach (MGPS '13) has taken her passion for international development policy to Africa and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) — the United Nations' migration agency. She recently became the head of Sub-Office for the IOM's Abyei Administrative Area, representing both the IOM Sudan and IOM South Sudan offices.

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Amy Kalmbach (MGPS '13), recently named the head of Sub-Office for the IOM's Abyei Administrative Area, representing both the IOM Sudan and IOM South Sudan offices
News June 8, 2020

Sadikshya Nepal (MGPS '20) named first BPC immigration policy fellow

The LBJ School of Public Affairs, in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), announced today that Sadikshya Nepal (MGPS '20) has been named the first immigration policy fellow on the organization's immigration and cross-border policy team. The LBJ School and the BPC select an LBJ alum to work at BPC for one to two years on research and writing projects in the area of immigration.

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Sadikshya Nepal (MGPS '20)
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)

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