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News May 2, 2019

Panel explores the state of LGBT policy in Texas

On Tuesday, April 30, the LBJ School, along with the Pride Policy Alliance and PRRI, the Public Religion Research Institute, hosted another installment of its new Civic Engagement Series: “Fifty Years After Stonewall: LGBT Rights and Policy.” Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, the LBJ School’s director of civic engagement, moderated a panel that included Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., founding CEO of PRRI; Emma Platoff of The Texas Tribune; and David Edmonson of TechNet.

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A panel a discussion featuring Robert Jones, Emma Platoff, David Edmundson and Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto
News May 1, 2019

LBJ's Michele Deitch chosen by alumni as one of the 'Texas 10'

LBJ School Senior Lecturer Michele Deitch has been named by The Alcalde as one of the 2019 "Texas 10" — a list of inspiring professors nominated by alumni. She appears in the May/June 2019 issue in the company of nine other University of Texas colleagues from across the 40 Acres.

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LBJ Senior Lecturer Michele Deitch in her office
Media Mention April 29, 2019

John Singleton's virtuoso vision of black life

LBJ School Professor Peniel Joseph, Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values and founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, discusses the work and legacy of filmmaker John Singleton, who died on April 29 at age 51.

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Media Mention April 28, 2019

Civic engagement is the key to making our democracy ‘glow with justice and shine with beauty’

LBJ School Director of Civic Engagement and Lecturer Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto and Professor Peniel Joseph, Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values and founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, talked to the Dallas Morning News about the crucial need for civic engagement and political participation.

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News April 25, 2019

Policy on Purpose: Opening Mexico’s oil and gas industry

Aldo Flores-Quiroga is former deputy secretary of energy for hydrocarbons at Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (2016–18), where he led a team of more than 180 government officials to implement the historic opening of Mexico’s hydrocarbons sector. Flores-Quiroga, who also served as Secretary General of the International Energy Forum, joins Dean Evans to talk about shared goals amid competing interests and the kinds of skills that withstand disruption.

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Dr. Aldo Flores-Quiroga speaks to LBJ students about opening Mexico's oil and gas industry on March 28, 2019
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

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