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News April 7, 2022

RGK Center event recap: Philanthropy in Communities of Color

On Wednesday, March 30, the RGK Center collaborated with the Policy Alliance for Communities of Color (PACC), a student group at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, to host an event exploring philanthropy in communities of color. The panel was

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Kendra Garrett, Tyeshia Wilson, Ruben Cantu talk about philanthropy in communities of color
News March 22, 2022

65 women leaders comprise LBJ Women's Campaign School incoming class

Today, the LBJ Women's Campaign School announced the 65 women who will form its third incoming class. The LBJ Women's Campaign School is a nonpartisan, issue-neutral program that trains women who want to run for elected office or become campaign managers, regardless of political party. The program brings together top political experts from across the nation to lead an immersive training program on topics including media relations, public speaking, fundraising, grassroots organizing and more. The program kicks off in Austin on April 29-30, with monthly virtual through November. Through the eight-month program, these women will gain an insider network, professional mentorship, and the skills they need to win.

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LBJ School Cohort 3 (2022)
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
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
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
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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Feature May 28, 2021

Mental health and mindfulness: Community resources and services

Throughout the month of May, the LBJ School has promoted a dialogue focused on mental health, mindfulness and self-care. As we close out the month we want to keep the conversation going, from finding resources to creating and maintaining healthy habits to building both networks and boundaries — essential approaches to helping ourselves and one another thrive.

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Rocks stacked and balanced. Credit: Johnson Wang, Unsplash
News May 28, 2021

Welcome, admitted Fall 2021 students

Congratulations! The LBJ School is proud to welcome newly admitted students to the LBJ School's Fall '21 incoming class.

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An LBJ student holds an LBJ bobblehead aloft at the 2016 Gone to Texas
Feature May 22, 2021

LBJ's 50th commencement celebrates the Class of 2021

On Saturday, May 22, 2021, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs proudly sent its 50th cohort out into the arena. WATCH: Dean David Springer's words of encouragement and inspiration, reflections by class speaker Barbara Kufiadan (MPAff '21), and commencement speaker Ibram X. Kendi.

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LBJ 2021 Commencement virtual ceremony
Feature May 20, 2021

The Graduating Class of 2021: Edda Pleitez (MGPS / Public Health)

"I started my academic career wanting to be a superstar international doctor because I wanted to help people be healthy, but as I started to pull the thread of what "being healthy" means, it led me from nutrition and our global food systems to analyzing systemic poverty and the role of international development."

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Edda Pleitez (MGPS / Public Health '21)