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Media Mention April 24, 2019

Could Democrat MJ Hegar really beat Republican John Cornyn?

Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, director of civic engagement and lecturer at the LBJ School, talks with the Texas Standard about the chances of Democrat MJ Hegar, who came within 3 percentage points of defeating Rep. John Carter in 2018, of beating Sen. John Cornyn in 2020. 

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News April 17, 2019

Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research: April 23, 2019

Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.

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Innovation Bound 2019 poster
News April 11, 2019

The LBJ School at the Summit on Race in America

The LBJ School community of students, faculty, alumni and staff was proud to partake — on stage, in the audience and online — in The Summit on Race in America, hosted by the LBJ Foundation April 8–10. Civil rights leaders, activists, musicians and comedians gathered for three days of candid conversations on America's racial divide.

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(left to right_) Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto leads a conversation about immigration with ward-winning Salvadoran American poet and activist Javier Zamora, LBJ School Professor Ruth Wasem and Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF. (Pho
News April 8, 2019

LBJ Foundation hosts Summit on Race in America April 8–10

Civil Rights leaders, activists, musicians and comedians gather for candid conversations on America's racial divide. LBJ School students to meet participants Dolores Huerta, Valerie Jarrett and Yamiche Alcindor in private session.

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LBJ Foundation Summit on Race in America logo
News April 3, 2019

Detaining immigrant youth: disability rights at the border

The past year has brought heightened attention to the treatment of immigrant children at the U.S. border, as the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy meant separating families at the border and detaining children. The administration's policies of detainment continue to pose a threat to immigrants — particularly children with disabilities, who often require specialized services and treatment. These children have been separated from guardians and caretakers and placed in facilities with little to no oversight.

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photo of migrant children used in CHASP blog
News April 1, 2019

LBJ School hosts conversation on electing women to public office

On March 27, Royce Brooks, the executive director of Annie’s List, a progressive group dedicated to electing women to office, delivered remarks at the LBJ School as part of a new civic engagement speaker series. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, the director of civic engagement at the LBJ School, leads the series.

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Annie's List Executive Director Royce Brooks talks with a student during a visit to the LBJ School on March 27, 2019
Media Mention March 29, 2019

Stacey Abrams could be a kingmaker in 2020 if she decides not to run for president

LBJ alumna Stacey Abrams (MPAff '98) could be the most valuable endorsement in 2020 if she decides not to run for president, according to the results of a new INSIDER poll.

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Media Mention March 28, 2019

Cory Booker's blend of personal and political could catch fire

The political contradictions between a moderate past and a progressive future that the candidacy of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)  faces also impact the entire Democratic Party field, from veteran politicians such as Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders to fresh-faced newcomers such as Beto O'Rourke, writes LBJ School Professor Peniel Joseph.

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Media Mention March 28, 2019

Stacey Abrams on ABC's The View: 'You don't run for second place.'

Democratic rising star Stacey Abrams (MPAff '98) teased her political future during an appearance on "The View" on March 27, saying that "I think you don’t run for second place."

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LBJ alumna Stacey Abrams (MPAff '98), who ran for governor of Georgia in 2018
Media Mention March 28, 2019

Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum talk political future, far-reaching effects of state laws

After narrowly losing two high-profile 2018 gubernatorial races in Georgia and Florida, respectively, political and non-profit leader Stacey Abrams and former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum have been repeatedly asked whether they’d join what is shaping up to be one of the most crowded and diverse presidential primary races in U.S. history.

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