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Feature August 18, 2019

Giving back to the future: Mario Espinoza (MPAff/MBA '87) has a message for fellow alumni

"As soon as I stepped onto the Forty Acres, I began bleeding orange," said LBJ School alum Mario Espinoza (MPAff/MBA '87). "UT has such an amazing reputation and I was humbled to be part of this life-changing university."

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Mario Espinoza (MPAff/MBA '87)
News July 25, 2019

Access to reproductive health care in Texas: Rosie's Law and the Hyde Amendment

Access to reproductive health care in Texas is an issue for many living in the state. Many abortion clinics in Texas have closed since HB 2 took effect in 2013. More broadly, rural areas of Texas have faced widespread closures of health facilities, leaving many without nearby access to care. Barriers to care can also include financial barriers: If someone does not have insurance, or if their insurance doesn’t cover a procedure to the extent that they can afford to get that procedure, they will be unable to access that care.

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Blurry image of a hospital hallway
Media Mention July 17, 2019

What ‘metering’ really looks like in South Texas

Stephanie Leutert,  director of the Strauss Center’s Central America / Mexico Policy Initiative, writes about her experiences seeing the "metering" program along the Mexican border, noting that 18,000-people are waiting along the border due the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) metering policy. 

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News June 28, 2019

LBJ Associate Dean Varun Rai named a 2019 Young Alumni Achiever by IIT Kharagpur

Dr. Varun Rai, associate dean for research at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and director of the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, has been honored with a 2019 Young Alumni Achiever Award by the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT). The award recognizes alumni age 40 and under for their creativity, innovation and success in their chosen fields of study and work.

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Dr. Varun Rai, associate dean for research at the LBJ School, director of the Energy Institute
June 17, 2019

2019–20 LBJ Mentorship Program registration now open

We are excited to invite you to participate in the 2019–20 LBJ School Mentorship Program, which provides LBJ students with an opportunity to be coached by an alum who works in the industry or policy area in which the student has an interest.


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LBJ School Mentorship Program 2019-20
Media Mention June 1, 2019

At the Helm: Varun Rai examines the social, institutional, economic and technological components of energy systems

Dr. Varun Rai, associate dean for research at the LBJ School and director of the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, talks with Span Magazine about his work at the Energy Institute. 

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Feature May 30, 2019

CSRD colloquium highlights fellows' research on race, democracy, social justice

In April, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy celebrated a culmination of student research with its inaugural CSRD Student Fellows Colloquium. The Colloquium welcomed people across campus to learn from the 23 2018–19 graduate and undergraduate student fellows. Fellows completed independent research on issues that are central to the mission of the CSRD: race, democracy, mass incarceration, and voting rights and representation.

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Word Cloud including: Voting, Women Rights, Health Policy, Immigration, etc.
News May 30, 2019

Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research

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 May 26, 2019

LBJ celebrates Class of 2019 in its 48th commencement

On Saturday, May 25, 2019, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs proudly graduated its 48th class of students with inspiring words from Dean Angela Evans, commencement speaker Yamiche Alcindor of PBS NewsHour, and class speaker Wayne Holstine (MPAff '19).

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Commencement 2019 — LBJ grads Hook 'em
Feature May 24, 2019

The Graduating Class of 2019: Wayne Holstine

"Some of my favorite memories have been working with the Pride Policy Alliance. From our end-of-semester movie night to our happy hours to our LGBTQIA+ awareness events, I've been able to build a community of like-minded people to get through the craziness that is the LBJ experience," said Wayne Holstine (MPAff '19) a few days before the LBJ School's 2019 graduation ceremony. 

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LBJ student Wayne Holstine (MPAff '19) talks with classmates while waiting for a student session with Hillary Clinton