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News December 13, 2021

Peniel Joseph on LBJ's Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

A statement from the inaugural associate dean for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion: It is truly an honor to serve as the LBJ School of Public Affairs' inaugural Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI). My interest in issues of equity, inclusion and anti-racism are deeply personal. As the proud son of Haitian immigrants, I grew up in a multiracial New York City during the 1980s. My mother worked at Mount Sinai Hospital as a member of Local 1199 union, and I was fortunate to encounter the city's racial, religious, ethnic and ideological diversity at an early age. These experiences, I would later find out, were made possible in part by President Lyndon Johnson's commitment to equity and inclusion through Great Society legislation that transformed the nation's demographics.

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The LBJ School's Dr. Peniel Joseph during the Kerner Commission event on March 5, 2018
News December 13, 2021

LBJ School establishes Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI), names leadership

The LBJ School has identified justice as an institutional priority and renamed its Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) to the Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI). Leading civil rights scholar Dr. Peniel Joseph and community leader Estevan Delgado have been named inaugural associate dean and director for JEDI, respectively.

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Peniel Joseph (left) and Estevan Delgado
News November 1, 2021

LBJ School welcomes first Latino student organization

Today, on Dia De Los Muertos, a collection of Latino voices announced the formation of Unidos — the LBJ School's first Latino organization. Unidos is proud to be sponsored by Dr. Angela Valenzuela, a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at The University of Texas at Austin. The founding of this organization reflects a growing Latino population among the school's more than 300 students.

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Members of Unidos, LBJ's first Latino student organizaation, with a Dia De Los Muertos altar.
Feature October 15, 2021

LBJ celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with discussions on DACA, Latinx power

The observation of Hispanic Heritage Month started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The LBJ School opened Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 with a conversation with Carlos Odio, co-founder of Equis Labs, and ended with Daniela Pierre-Bravo, who told her story as a former DACA recipient.

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Hispanic Heritage Month 2021: Carlos Odio, Daniela Pierre-Bravo
News September 24, 2021

Strauss and Clements announce the launch of the Asia Policy Program

The Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Clements Center for National Security are pleased to announce the launch of a new joint program at The University of Texas at Austin: the Asia Policy Program.

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Homepage of the Asia Policy Program website
Feature September 20, 2021

Career updates from the Class of 2020

While the policy arena always needs smart, committed, passionate and trained specialists, the LBJ School's newest alumni have entered it facing the unique challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and social and political upheaval. Take a look at where a few of the Class of 2020 have landed.

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Seven members of the LBJ School Class of 2020
Feature August 13, 2021

Fall 2021 classes focus on topics from intelligence and foreign policy to Black politics and COVID

In many ways, "public policy" world is as varied as the people who practice it. There is no one path to it; thinkers and doers pursue their passion for service for so many different reasons. The LBJ School was founded to improve the quality of public service in the United States and abroad at all levels of governance and civic engagement. We practice this through interdisciplinary scholarship, hands-on experience and a customizable educational experience that allows students to develop unique skills and expertise.

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A student raises her hand during a class
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 8, 2021

Almost 150 guards are staffing an empty Texas prison as state officials work on Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to use it for immigrants

While many Texas prisons are understaffed, some dangerously so, the emptied-out Briscoe Unit in Dilley is in "maintenance mode" as officials scramble to implement the governor's plan to increase the state's role in border enforcement.

“They’re doing this on the fly. I don’t think anyone

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News June 23, 2021

Inaugural Juneteenth Summit celebrates a new birth of American freedom, racial justice and equity

The LBJ School of Public Affairs and The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at The University of Texas at Austin explored the history and honored the legacy of Juneteenth with the inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Summit on June 19, 2021.

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