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News May 11, 2022

Class of 2022: Chelsi Chang chosen as student speaker

It is the Graduate Public Affair Council's pleasure to announce that Chelsi Chang will be our LBJ School Class of 2021 Student Commencement Speaker! Chelsi will be sharing the stage with Ambassador Vilma Martinez, who has been named our Commencement Keynote Speaker.

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Chelsi Chang
Feature May 9, 2022

Alyssa Goessler (MGPS/Middle Eastern Studies '22) finds her place in space policy

Alyssa Goessler has never been shy about trusting her instincts and leaping into new territory. "There's a small handful of folks, myself included, who would identify as space environmentalists," Goessler said. But there was a time when she didn't give much thought to space — until a chance encounter at the LBJ School opened it up as a new path.

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Alyssa Goessler
News May 3, 2022

CONNECT Community Showcase celebrates program impact in the community

On Thursday April 21, graduate students, community members, UT faculty and staff, and other supporters attended the CONNECT Community Showcase event at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. For the first time since its beginning in 2019, participants in the CONNECT program gathered to learn about the impact current and former CONNECT fellow work has made on organizations that have a data challenge.

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RGK Center Director David Springer and RGK fellows at the CONNECT event
Feature May 2, 2022

Derreck DaSilva (MPAff '22) discovers a new direction: from nursing to public policy

Derreck DaSilva began his career as a registered nurse at St. David's Medical Center, less than a mile from the LBJ School. Driven by his desire to help people, he'd specifically chosen to become a nurse rather than a doctor, because he wanted to be closer to the patients he'd be caring for.

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Derreck DaSilva (MPAff '22)
Feature April 25, 2022

Nina Nomura Nibling (MGPS '22) finds community, confidence and a passion for development

Nina Nomura Nibling was teaching English in Japan when she started thinking about going to graduate school. She'd earned her undergraduate degree in education and followed parental advice about taking a career path with a stable income. But after a couple of years that stability just didn’t feel fulfilling.

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Nina Nomura Nibling (MGPS '22)
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 March 22, 2022

Ph.D. candidate Sophie Morse named 2022 WW Dissertation Fellow in Women's Studies

LBJ Ph.D. candidate Sophie M. Morse has been named one of eight WW Dissertation Fellows in Women's Studies for 2022 by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. The fellowship is the only national program to support doctoral work on women's and gendered issues. Each 2022 Fellow will receive a $5,000 award to help cover expenses incurred while completing their dissertations. Morse's dissertation explores the implementation of policies that address violence against women in Mexico, specifically focusing on the health system.

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LBJ Ph.D. candidate Sophie Morse
News January 24, 2022

RGK announces Spring 2022 CONNECT cohort

The CONNECT program has announced the 18 organizations and 21 student fellows participating in the spring 2022 cohort. This cohort marks a milestone moment in the CONNECT program’s journey as they welcome their first for-profit client, BB Imaging.

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Organizations working with the RGK Center's 2022 CONNECT program
Feature December 2, 2021

2021 DC Graduates: Sean McDaniel and Archnashree Nellan

The LBJ School is thrilled to celebrate the newest class of LBJ DC Fellows — our sixth — as they graduate with master's degrees from our 18-month DC Concentration. These soon-to-be alumni spent their first year of school in Austin before moving to Washington, DC, to finish their studies while working at Policy Apprenticeships. Two members of the 2021 DC cohort, Sean McDaniel and Archnashree Nellan took some time to talk with us about their experiences in graduate school.

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Sean McDaniel (MPAff-DC '21) and Archnashree Nellan (MPAff-DC '21)