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LBJ School of Public Affairs ranks top 10 in 2023 USNWR best grad schools

The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin has seven top-ranked programs among graduate public affairs schools in the nation, with three in the top 10, according to U.S. News & World Report's (USNWR) 2023 edition of "Best Graduate Schools."

May 4, 2022

President Biden Taps Nationally Renowned Criminal Justice Researcher Nancy La Vigne to Lead National Institute of Justice

LBJ School alumna Nancy La Vigne ('91), was appointed by President Biden as the director of the National Institute of Justice, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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March 29, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits LBJ School at UT Austin

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stopped by the LBJ School at The University of Texas at Austin during her visit to Texas in late March. She spent a significant amount of time with 30 public policy students, including several who will study in the nation's capital during their summer and fall semesters at the school's Washington, DC, campus.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Luci Baines Johnson, LBJ Dean JR DeShazo and students, March 22, 2022
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)
February 25, 2022

LBJ alumni on the ballot in 2022

A number of LBJ School alumni are running in primary contests for state and local office in 2022. One is a voting rights activist running to become the nation's first black female governor, three are incumbents seeking reelection, all of them have diverse professional backgrounds, and with this foray into public service they are carrying forth the LBJ legacy.

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LBJ alumni running for office in 2022
February 18, 2022

Grant for LBJ Women's Campaign School guarantees free tuition

In 2020, after two years of organizing, Kroll welcomed the inaugural class of UT's LBJ Women's Campaign School — an eight-month program designed to give women the tools and training needed to campaign for public office. With eight graduates currently running in the Texas 2022 primaries, the program's success in its first two years earned the support of valuable partners, including the Texas Woman's University's Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy. For the second year in a row, 50 accepted participants in the Campaign School's third cohort will attend the program for free, thanks to an $87,500 grant from Texas Woman's Center.

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February 16, 2022

Celebrating LBJ's Black Alumni

Our graduates are the living legacy of the LBJ School of Public Affairs and its tradition of bold and fearless action in the service of shaping the world. These alumni have broken ground and have created impactful solutions to complex problems in fields from health policy to the environment and international affairs. In recognition of Black History Month, we celebrate the LBJ School's Black alumni and their contributions to society.

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LBJ Alumni Rodney Ellis, Stacey Abrams, Kirt Smith, Ryan Caldwell, Rudy Metayer, Ariel Griffin
January 14, 2022

Deadline to apply for LBJ Women's Campaign School extended to Jan. 23

The deadline to apply to join the newest class of the LBJ Women's Campaign School has been extended to Jan. 23, 2022, and thanks to generous grants totaling $87,500 from Texas Woman's University Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, admitted Texans will be able to attend tuition-free. Since its launch in 2020, this nonpartisan, issue-neutral program has trained and graduated more than 100 women into the political arena — three of whom sought public office in 2021 and eight of whom are running in 2022.

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December 13, 2021

LBJ School establishes Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI), names leadership

The LBJ School has identified justice as an institutional priority and renamed its Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) to the Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI). Leading civil rights scholar Dr. Peniel Joseph and community leader Estevan Delgado have been named inaugural associate dean and director for JEDI, respectively.

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Peniel Joseph (left) and Estevan Delgado
December 13, 2021

Peniel Joseph on LBJ's Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

A statement from the inaugural associate dean for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion: It is truly an honor to serve as the LBJ School of Public Affairs' inaugural Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI). My interest in issues of equity, inclusion and anti-racism are deeply personal. As the proud son of Haitian immigrants, I grew up in a multiracial New York City during the 1980s. My mother worked at Mount Sinai Hospital as a member of Local 1199 union, and I was fortunate to encounter the city's racial, religious, ethnic and ideological diversity at an early age. These experiences, I would later find out, were made possible in part by President Lyndon Johnson's commitment to equity and inclusion through Great Society legislation that transformed the nation's demographics.

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The LBJ School's Dr. Peniel Joseph during the Kerner Commission event on March 5, 2018
December 8, 2021

New criminal justice policy lab to focus on correctional oversight and improved conditions in prisons and jails nationwide

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin has established a new national policy resource center working to ensure the safe and humane treatment of people in custody and cultivate the next generation of justice policy leaders. The Prison and Jail Innovation Lab (PJIL) serves as a bridge between academic research, practical experience and policy on pressing matters related to independent correctional oversight and conditions of confinement.

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Barbed wire on top of a prison fence with a background of a blue sky and sunshine