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Alumni Spotlights and Events

Alumni Spotlights and Events

April 14, 2021

70 women comprise LBJ Women's Campaign School second incoming class

Today, the LBJ Women's Campaign School announced the 70 women who will form its second incoming class. The LBJ Women's Campaign School is a nonpartisan, issue-neutral program that trains women who want to run for elected office or become campaign managers, regardless of political party. The program brings together top political experts from across the nation to lead an immersive training program on topics including media relations, public speaking, fundraising, grassroots organizing and more. The program kicks off virtually on Saturday, April 17, with monthly training through November. Through the eight-month program, these women will gain an insider network, professional mentorship and the skills they need to win.

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Cohort 2 of the LBJ Women's Campaign School (2021)
News March 31, 2021

Ann Gill Howard Endowed Fellowship created to support LBJ students

Ann Gill Howard is a proud University of Texas at Austin graduate who has bled orange since she walked onto the UT campus in August 1981, and that continued through to her graduation with a B.A. in sociology ('85), J.D. ('88) and MPAff ('88). As an alum, she has been very active

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Ann Gill Howard (MPAff '88) and her husband, John
News March 30, 2021

2022 USNWR best grad schools: LBJ School of Public Affairs ranks #7

The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin ranks No. 7 in graduate public affairs schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's (USNWR) 2022 edition of "Best Graduate Schools," released Tuesday morning.

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An LBJ graduate tosses her mortarboard into the air on commencement day
News March 16, 2021

'An America As Good As Promised:' 24th annual forum honors Barbara Jordan’s life and legacy

Students at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs paid tribute to the life and work of the trailblazing former congresswoman in the 24th annual Barbara Jordan National Forum (BJNF). These events were rescheduled for March due to the Texas winter storm — watch them here.

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Barbara Jordan National Forum 2021: An America as Good as Promised
News March 4, 2021

LBJ Women's Campaign School Class of 2021 receives full-tuition grants

Today, members of the LBJ Women’s Campaign School Class of 2021 were awarded $90,000 in grants from the Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy at Texas Woman’s University (CWPPP) to cover registration fee costs, helping to close socioeconomic gaps in political participation. The Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy is also offering grants for computer equipment for those with financial need.

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News February 25, 2021

LBJ community offers help, perspective on the Texas winter storm

Over the course of the devastating winter storm that left millions in Texas without power, heat or drinkable water, LBJ School faculty, students and alumni stepped up to give assistance and voice to those affected — and to help put into context the policy causes and implications for the failure of the state's energy grid to provide services to its citizens.

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Matt Worthington (MPAff '20), volunteered with a group distributing water in Del Valle
Media Mention February 24, 2021

Military spouse seeks to change landscape for women in politics

"A new training program is empowering women to gain the skills needed to enter the political arena.

"Amy Kroll, a Presidential Leadership Scholar and spouse of an airman, is the founder of the LBJ Women’s Campaign School at the University of Texas at Austin. She has an eye on changing

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News January 29, 2021

Applications open for LBJ Women's Campaign School

In 2021, more women than ever before are serving in elected office, and Americans saw the first woman and first woman of color sworn in as vice president. However, women still make up less than 30% of elected officials nationwide, and only 26% of the state legislature in Texas. That’s why the LBJ Women's Campaign School recently opened applications for its eight-month virtual program, which trains women to run for elected office or become campaign managers.

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News December 17, 2020

2020 Outstanding Alumni Awards: Alejandra Castillo (MPAff '98) and Lauren Rose (MPAff '10) talk about using LBJ's lessons in public service

Two public affairs graduates were honored as outstanding alumni of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin on Dec. 14. Alejandra Castillo, (MPAff '98), president and CEO of the YWCA, is the recipient of the school’s highest alumni honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA). Lauren Rose (MPAff '10), public policy director at the Texas Network of Youth Services, is the recipient of the Rising Leader Award (RLA).

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2020 Alumni Award honorees: Lauren Rose (MPAff '10) and Alejandra Castillo (MPAff '98)
News December 8, 2020

LBJ Washington Center graduates DC Fellows class of 2020

On Dec. 5, the LBJ Washington Center celebrated its fifth class of fall 2020 graduates in hybrid graduation ceremony.

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The 2020 cohort of LBJ DC Fellows on the steps of the U.S. Capitol

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