Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto has been appointed the inaugural Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School Dean Angela Evans announced today.
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Members of the LBJ, UT Austin and Austin communities gathered at the LBJ School of Public Affairs on Thursday, Oct. 24 for a summit exploring LatinX and its role in the American social, political and cultural landscape.
During the summit, dozens of people listened to speakers discuss the role of the Latinx community in American culture and politics as part of the LBJ School’s Civic Engagement Series.
Several professors from the LBJ School of Public Affairs will lead conversations on innovations in public policy and emerging challenges involved in training students to build sustainable and inclusive democracies at the 2019 Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Annual Conference. The conference, "Reconstructing Governance for the Next 50 Years," will take place in Los Angeles Oct. 16-19, 2019.
On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the LBJ School hosted its first Civic Engagement Series event of the semester: a policy brief on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program created by President Obama by executive branch memorandum in 2012.
Around 50 students gathered at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs to hear panelists speak on the current status of DACA and other immigration issues in the United States.
On Aug. 29, the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ Foundation hosted a public forum featuring to discuss the city's plans to move forward with solutions for individuals experiencing homelessness in Austin.
LBJ School Professor Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto says ICE raids do not work because the root causes of immigration to the U.S. are ignored.
"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.
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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