LBJ School year in photos 2022

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December 13, 2022

From traditions, achievements and speakers, LBJ presents the best photographs of 2022.




New LBJ alums celebrate graduation

On May 21, the LBJ School was proud to honor its 51st class of graduates — an extraordinary group of people who pursued their passion for public service and persevered through a pandemic that presented challenges no other class had faced. Learn more. (Photo credit: Thomas Meredith) 




House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits the LBJ School 

Nancy Pelosi, the first and only woman to serve as speaker, visited the LBJ School on March 22. She met with 30 public policy students before addressing a crowd of nearly 700 in the LBJ Auditorium, where she discussed the war in Ukraine and voting rules in Texas. Pelosi has announced she will step down as leader of House Democrats in 2023. Learn more. (Photo credit: Alyssa Vidales) 




LBJ welcomes its newest cohort of world changers

In August, LBJ School and Dean JR DeShazo welcomed the newest class of 150 students from 19 states plus DC and more than 13 countries. Learn more. (Photo credit: Jay Godwin) 




Discussing "The Future of Conservatism" with George Will and Karl Rove

A crowd of 800 joined distinguished conservatives George Will and Karl Rove to discuss the future of the Republican Party at an event on Nov. 30, hosted by the LBJ School, LBJ Foundation, The Athenaeum at The University of Texas and the Clements Center for National Security. Learn more. (Photo credit: Alyssa Vidales) 




Crowd reacts to Vice President Kamala Harris 

Vice President Kamala Harris visited the LBJ Presidential Library on Oct. 28 for a fireside chat on reproductive health care. The LBJ School and its students are connected to the LBJ Presidential Library, whose vast historical archives and speaker series are an amazing resource for our students. It is one of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Learn more. Photo credit: Alyssa Vidales) 




Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner goes "all the way with LBJ”

The 62nd mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, visited the LBJ School on Feb. 22 to honor the legacy of legendary Houstonian Barbara Jordan during the 25th Annual Barbara Jordan Forum. Student Zöe Parker, also pictured, helped plan the event.  Learn more. (Photo credit: Thomas Meredith) 




New Longhorns continue “Gone to LBJ” tradition 

Description: On August 24, LBJ’s newest class marched to the UT Tower for the university’s annual Gone to Texas event, which marks the start of a student’s time at UT. Learn more. (Photo credit: Alyssa Vidales) 




Celebrating LBJ’s outstanding alumni

On Sept. 15, Rodriguez received the school’s Rising Leader Award, which recognizes an alumnus who has improved the quality of public service at all levels of government and civic engagement. Rodriguez, who graduated in 2012, has dedicated his career to the well-being of children and adults with disabilities, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, those with mental health challenges and those with physical disabilities. Learn more. (Photo credit: Thomas Meredith) 




Exclusive face time with former presidential candidate Julián Castro

In late July, the LBJ School hosted 38 undergraduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds who are considering graduate degree programs and careers in public service for a 3-day public service weekend. Former presidential candidate Julián Castro headlined the weekend with a keynote speech. Learn more. (Photo credit: Thomas Meredith) 





Vice President Kamala Harris visits the LBJ Presidential Library 

In front of an audience of LBJ School students and others, Vice President Kamala Harris discussed reproductive health care policy with NARAL Pro-Choice America president Mini Timmaraju and Senior Capacity Building Director with Groundswell Fund Julieta Garibay. Learn more. (Photo credit: Alyssa Vidales) 




Gaining unique insight from Secretary Henry Cisneros

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Henry Cisneros visited the LBJ School on Sept. 29 to talk with students about the housing issue that has become so pressing in central Texas. Learn more. (Photo credit: Thomas Meredith) 




Dean JR DeShazo interviews former Congressman Will Hurd at the LBJ Presidential Library 

Will Hurd visited the LBJ Presidential Library on April 11 to talk about values of bipartisanship and his new book American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide to Getting Big Things Done. Learn more. (Photo credit: Jay Godwin) 



Posing to lead with members of the LBJ Women’s Campaign School

The director of the nonpartisan LBJ Women’s Campaign School Amy Kroll poses for a selfie with Austin City Council member Vanessa Fuentes and President Johnson’s portrait at a welcome event for new students hosted at the LBJ Presidential Library. Learn more. (Photo credit: Jay Godwin) 



Picnics, pets and LBJ School pride

LBJ student Ruben Garzoria enjoys Picnic on the Plaza, a celebration that took place on Sept. 15 to recognize outstanding alumni and mark Dean DeShazo’s first full year as dean.  

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