LBJ School graduate shares in the celebration of the class of 2024

Congratulations to the LBJ School's 53rd class of public policy leaders

May 14, 2024

The LBJ School of Public Affairs celebrated the academic achievements of its 53rd graduating class during a ceremony at The University of Texas at Austin. May 11th marked the culmination of rigorous study for 167 students with an audience of over 900 inside Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium.

LBJ School student speaker Morgan Brown posing with flowers in the background.

LBJ School commencement student speaker leading the way in public health policy

May 9, 2024

Morgan Brown, hailing from San Antonio, Texas, is a soon-to-be Master of Public Affairs graduate and the elected student speaker of the LBJ School Class of 2024. Selected by her peers to deliver a commencement address on May 11th, Brown expresses profound honor in the recognition. "My speech is not just for me," she explains, "but to amplify the voices and experiences of all the students who have shared this collective journey."

PhD candidate Vivek Shastry posing in front of the LBJ sign.

LBJ School PhD candidate is leveraging sustainable energy policy for global development

May 7, 2024

Vivek Shastry is a PhD candidate whose journey is marked by a profound commitment to leveraging energy policy for international development. Hailing from Bangalore, India, Shastry’s path to the forefront of sustainable energy advocacy is characterized by a blend of academic excellence, grassroots engagement, and a relentless drive to affect positive change in marginalized communities.

EMPL student Mario Guzman

Executive Master of Public Leadership graduate is ready to transform his community

May 3, 2024

Mario Guzman Jr. is an Executive Master of Public Leadership (EMPL) student whose journey is a testament to the transformative power of education and community service. His decision to pursue the EMPL program at the LBJ School was motivated by a deep-rooted passion for serving his community and a desire to enhance his leadership skills to make a meaningful impact.

Dean JR DeShazo poses with various LBJ School awards winners

Twenty-five recognitions given at LBJ School spring awards night 

April 29, 2024

The LBJ School recognized student achievements on Friday, April 26, with an awards ceremony and reception. Twenty-five recognitions were awarded for academic accomplishments such as outstanding research and values like leadership and community engagement. 

Rania Sohail posing with a hookem hand sign in front of the UT Tower

Dual degree data/policy graduate’s time at UT Austin marked by friendship, professional development

April 26, 2024

Rania Sohail, an international student from Lahore, Pakistan, is a dual-degree Master of Global Policy Studies at the LBJ School and a Master of Science in Information Studies at the School of Information prepared to graduate during our May 11 commencement ceremony. The dynamic leader honed her negotiation, advocacy, communication and quantitative skills through her studies at LBJ and is poised to take these skills to the World Bank upon graduation. Rania's perseverance and drive make her one of the LBJ School’s upcoming Movers & Change-Makers.

Fernanda Figueroa, LBJ School MPAff '24 student showing a hookem hand sign.

Shaping education policy through journalism

April 19, 2024

Fernanda Figueroa, a first-generation college student from Donna, Texas, is a Master of Public Affairs student who will be graduating in our upcoming commencement on Saturday, May 11th. Through her studies at the LBJ School, she gained knowledge to write about public policy matters in the media and lessons about leadership to take back to her Navy Reserves unit. Fernanda's passion for policy combined with her drive for storytelling make her one of the LBJ School’s upcoming Movers & Change-Makers.

Bobby Inman speaking at an LBJ Library event.

UT Austin announces the 2024 “Bobby R. Inman Award” for student scholarship on intelligence

April 17, 2024

The Strauss-Clements Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin announces the 10th annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. The winner of the “Inman Award” will receive a cash prize of $5,000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2,500. 

Two mariachi musicians stand in front of the flag posts on LBJ Plaza

LBJ School students host inaugural Latino Policy Research Symposium

April 12, 2024

The inaugural Latino Policy Research Symposium, led by students of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, delved into pressing issues affecting the Latino community in Texas and across the United States. Held on April 5, the event explored topics ranging from immigration policies and healthcare disparities to environmental justice, education, and the 2024 election.

Mauliola Harley Gonzales in front of the Capitol building in Washington DC

From the LBJ School to Capitol Hill: Mauliola Harley Gonsalves' Life After LBJ

April 3, 2024

Mauliola Harley Gonsalves, a first-generation college graduate from Pukalani, Hawai’i, has continued her commitment to public service after graduating from the LBJ School in December of 2023. As a Legislative Correspondent in DC for the senior Senator of her home state, Harley works to amplify indigenous voices and shape federal policy through collaborative problem-solving.