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News October 24, 2022
News October 20, 2022

LBJ School of Public Affairs receives 2022 NASPAA Diversity Award

The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin has been selected to receive the 2022 NASPAA Diversity Award.  This award recognizes a public policy, affairs or administration program that exemplifies the highest standards in diversity through outstanding contributions in

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Peniel Joseph and Estevan Delgado pose in the LBJ School breezeway
Feature July 27, 2022

LBJ School hosts 38 undergrads for public service weekend

The students see public policy leadership on the horizon.  
Their weekend at LBJ School offered hands on training like oral testimony preparation; access to experts working on issues of importance to Texas and the South (voting access and

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38 students visited the LBJ School for PPIA Public Service Weekend
Feature July 12, 2022

Experience federal policy immersion at LBJ's Washington Center

After a decade of experience in state and local government, government affairs professional Eric Bustos packed his bags to live, study and work in the nation’s capital.

“Before attending the LBJ School, I spent a decade working in government affairs in Austin primarily focused on the

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Student in navy suit against blue background smiles at the camera
News July 6, 2022

LBJ School welcomes Latino policy researcher Sergio Garcia-Rios to its faculty

The LBJ School of Public Affairs is thrilled to welcome Dr. Sergio

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New faculty member against burnt orange background
Feature July 1, 2022

“I’m thriving,” says LBJ DC student Da’Shon Carr

Carr isn’t new to Washington, but she’s having a new experience in the city she once called home thanks to a supportive network and courses that offer immediate real-world application 


“Coming back to DC this time around six years later, I feel like a completely

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LBJ Student pictured in front of branded step and repeat, throwing horns up
News May 11, 2022

Class of 2022: Chelsi Chang chosen as student speaker

It is the Graduate Public Affair Council's pleasure to announce that Chelsi Chang will be our LBJ School Class of 2021 Student Commencement Speaker! Chelsi will be sharing the stage with Ambassador Vilma Martinez, who has been named our Commencement Keynote Speaker.

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Chelsi Chang
Feature May 9, 2022

Alyssa Goessler (MGPS/Middle Eastern Studies '22) finds her place in space policy

Alyssa Goessler has never been shy about trusting her instincts and leaping into new territory. "There's a small handful of folks, myself included, who would identify as space environmentalists," Goessler said. But there was a time when she didn't give much thought to space — until a chance encounter at the LBJ School opened it up as a new path.

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Alyssa Goessler
News May 3, 2022

CONNECT Community Showcase celebrates program impact in the community

On Thursday April 21, graduate students, community members, UT faculty and staff, and other supporters attended the CONNECT Community Showcase event at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. For the first time since its beginning in 2019, participants in the CONNECT program gathered to learn about the impact current and former CONNECT fellow work has made on organizations that have a data challenge.

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RGK Center Director David Springer and RGK fellows at the CONNECT event
Feature May 2, 2022

Derreck DaSilva (MPAff '22) discovers a new direction: from nursing to public policy

Derreck DaSilva began his career as a registered nurse at St. David's Medical Center, less than a mile from the LBJ School. Driven by his desire to help people, he'd specifically chosen to become a nurse rather than a doctor, because he wanted to be closer to the patients he'd be caring for.

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Derreck DaSilva (MPAff '22)