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Alumni Spotlights and Events

Alumni Spotlights and Events

Media Mention July 14, 2021

Senate committee approves EPA, Commerce nominees

LBJ alumna Alejandra Castillo's nomination for assistant secretary for economic development at the Department of Commerce was approved, moving closer to a full Senate confirmation. Castillo, a '98 graduate, received the LBJ School's highest alumni honor in 2020. 

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Media Mention July 13, 2021

Texas Democrats’ D.C. Escape Plan Has Limited Staying Power

Sherri Greenberg spoke with Bloomberg News about Texas Democrats who left the state to stop voting on the election bill. LBJ appears in this story twice: Two paragraphs after Professor Greenberg, alumnus and Texas State Representative Gene Wu is also quoted.

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Feature May 28, 2021

Mental health and mindfulness: Community resources and services

Throughout the month of May, the LBJ School has promoted a dialogue focused on mental health, mindfulness and self-care. As we close out the month we want to keep the conversation going, from finding resources to creating and maintaining healthy habits to building both networks and boundaries — essential approaches to helping ourselves and one another thrive.

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Rocks stacked and balanced. Credit: Johnson Wang, Unsplash
Feature May 21, 2021

The Graduating Class of 2021: Jaime Cabrera (MGPS)

"I think there is a knowledge gap in tech policy between policymakers and the tech industry that can only be addressed by specializing in the intersection of the two. I was inspired to pursue this focus after realizing how far behind policy and regulation is from the rapid technological advances of the industry."

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Jaime Cabrera (MGPS '21)
Feature May 21, 2021

The Graduating Class of 2021: Jiameng Zheng (Ph.D. in Public Policy)

"We have a supportive environment in the Ph.D. group. Besides the formal events for Ph.D.s, we also organize informal nuts-and-bolts [gatherings] for professional development, practice defense and practice job talks among Ph.D. students. Because research can be solidary, peer support is essential to surviving graduate school for me."

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Jiameng Zheng (Ph.D. '21)
Feature May 21, 2021

The Graduating Class of 2021: Micaela McConnell (MPAff / Social Work)

"I found a love for the Texas government that I did not realize I had, and a passion to challenge Texas to be the best state for every single Texan."

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Micaela McConnell (MPAff / Social Work '21)
Feature May 20, 2021

The Graduating Class of 2021: Edda Pleitez (MGPS / Public Health)

"I started my academic career wanting to be a superstar international doctor because I wanted to help people be healthy, but as I started to pull the thread of what "being healthy" means, it led me from nutrition and our global food systems to analyzing systemic poverty and the role of international development."

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Edda Pleitez (MGPS / Public Health '21)
Feature May 20, 2021

The Graduating Class of 2021: Gabe Cortez (MGPS)

"I felt even more confident going forward that being in graduate school was not just for the diploma, but for the knowledge and skills I developed along the way."

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Gabriel Cortez (MGPS '21) with the UT Tower in the background
Feature May 19, 2021

The Graduating Class of 2021: Shu-Ching Tseng (MPAff)

"Grab every chance to challenge yourself! Be brave to try anything new and open to accept ideas that are the same or different from yours."

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Shu-Ching Tseng (MPAff '21)
News May 4, 2021

COVID safety measures in prisons and jails harm mental health and odds of effective reentry for women behind bars

Corrections agencies implemented COVID-19 safety measures that are exacerbating the trauma women were already experiencing in prisons and jails, according to a new nationwide report from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Agencies also did not prioritize the release of women who are especially vulnerable to COVID and low risk to public safety. There are extremely few examples of agencies taking a gender-responsive approach to COVID-19 precautionary measures, researchers say.

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The Pandemic Gender Gap Behind Bars by Alycia Welch, Michele Deitch

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