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2022 USNWR best grad schools: LBJ School of Public Affairs ranks #7

The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin ranks No. 7 in graduate public affairs schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's (USNWR) 2022 edition of "Best Graduate Schools," released Tuesday morning.

May 10, 2021

Study: Millennials commit less crime than prior generations

Crime has dropped since 1990, but not for the reasons some might think, according to a new study.

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Yellow police tape. Photo by David von Diemar, Unsplash
May 4, 2021

COVID safety measures in prisons and jails harm mental health and odds of effective reentry for women behind bars

Corrections agencies implemented COVID-19 safety measures that are exacerbating the trauma women were already experiencing in prisons and jails, according to a new nationwide report from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Agencies also did not prioritize the release of women who are especially vulnerable to COVID and low risk to public safety. There are extremely few examples of agencies taking a gender-responsive approach to COVID-19 precautionary measures, researchers say.

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The Pandemic Gender Gap Behind Bars by Alycia Welch, Michele Deitch
May 3, 2021

Watch: A Review of Biden's First 100 Days

President Joe Biden put forth an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days in office, promising swift action on issues from climate change to immigration and more. On Thursday, April 29, a panel of LBJ School faculty joined together for a review of Biden's stance on climate and energy, immigration, infrastructure, COVID-19 and the economy, and voting access. Former U.S. Representative and LBJ School adjunct faculty member Beto O'Rourke moderated the discussion.

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9 screenshots of women and men during a webinar of LBJ School faculty on President Biden's first 100 days
April 28, 2021

Nine LBJ students named to Public Policy New Voices fellowship

Nine students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs have been chosen as part of the inaugural class of the Public Policy New Voices Fellowship, and have launched into their year-long exploration of building diversity within the public policy space. A collaboration among leading graduate schools, premier corporate public policy teams, and some of the most innovative global strategic advisory firms, the PPNV Fellowship aims to ensure that graduate students from BIPOC communities are aware of and have access to public policy careers across sectors.

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LBJ's PPNV Fellows: Walker Adams; Azeem Edwin; Irving Calderon; Amanda Chung; Joseph Flores; Sheriyar Hyderali; Priscilla Lugo; Liberte Manirakiza; Shaw Vallier
April 28, 2021

The Graduating Class of 2021: Barbara Kufiadan chosen as class speaker

It is our great pleasure to announce that Barbara Kufiadan will be our LBJ School Class of 2021 Student Commencement Speaker! She will be sharing the stage with Ibram X. Kendi, our Commencement Keynote Speaker.

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Barbara Kufiadan (MPAff '21)
April 27, 2021

President Biden announces key administration nominations

Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to serve in domestic and economic positions.

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April 20, 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
April 14, 2021

70 women comprise LBJ Women's Campaign School second incoming class

Today, the LBJ Women's Campaign School announced the 70 women who will form its second 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 virtually on Saturday, April 17, with monthly training 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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Cohort 2 of the LBJ Women's Campaign School (2021)
April 13, 2021

Ibram X. Kendi to deliver LBJ School 2021 graduation remarks

Historian and anti-racist activist Ibram X. Kendi will deliver keynote remarks to the 2021 graduating class of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. The online graduation program will take place on May 22, 2021.

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Professor and bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi (credit: Stephen Voss)
March 31, 2021

Ann Gill Howard Endowed Fellowship created to support LBJ students

Ann Gill Howard is a proud University of Texas at Austin graduate who has bled orange since she walked onto the UT campus in August 1981, and that continued through to her graduation with a B.A. in sociology ('85), J.D. ('88) and MPAff ('88).

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Ann Gill Howard (MPAff '88) and her husband, John