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Addressing the threat of ransomware — and the cybersecurity vulnerabilities that leave us open to it — is “no simple task,” according to a VCU cybersecurity expert. (Getty Images)
News / May 12, 2021

The Colonial Pipeline Attack is a Clear Demonstration of the Threat of Ransomware

Christopher Whyte, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program at the Wilder School and co-author of “Understanding Cyber Warfare: Politics, Policy and Strategy,” is an expert in cyber conflict and U.S. cybersecurity policy. Whyte explained why it’s so difficult to protect against ransomware, why the attacks are increasingly common, and what policies might be useful in preventing future attacks.

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Although we will not be able to honor all of our graduates at an in-person commencement next month, your graduation remains an important moment for all of us to recognize. Therefore, the Wilder School is planning a virtual commencement celebration and invite you and your fellow classmates to participate.
News / May 12, 2021

Wilder School Virtual Commencement on May 14

The Wilder School will celebrate its Spring 2021 graduating class with a virtual send off at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 14 via Facebook and YouTube.

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New VCU Wilder School poll shows more than 60% of parents will support having their children vaccinated.
News / May 6, 2021

A majority of Virginia parents are willing to have their children vaccinated

A majority of parents in Virginia are likely to get their children vaccinated, according to the new statewide vaccine poll conducted for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Aaron Berryhill, Marcus Grant, Bonnie G. Mani, Ph.D., Felix Sarfo-Kantanka, Sarah Scarbrough, Ph.D., Mariah Williams (left to right)
News / May 6, 2021

PSRW 2021: Student & Alumni Spotlights

The Wilder School is proud to feature a current student and five alumni during Public Service Recognition Week who have made outstanding achievements in the realm of public service and policy.

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News / May 4, 2021

The History of the Wilder School

Since its inception, the Wilder School has been focused on public and community service in several forms with different degree programs at VCU. Learn more about the school's history during Public Service Recognition week.

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News / May 3, 2021

Plessy v. Ferguson and the Legacy of “Separate but Equal” After 125 Years Virtual Conference

Join us for the Plessy v. Ferguson and the Legacy of “Separate but Equal” After 125 Years virtual conference on Tuesday, May 18 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST.

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Events / April 30, 2021

Governor Wilder to Reflect on Leadership Lessons

Join the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs for a Lunch and Learn Zoom presentation featuring Governor L. Douglas Wilder, 66th Governor of Virginia and Distinguished Professor on May 19.

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Events / April 30, 2021

Public Service Recognition Week 2021

In commemoration of Public Service Recognition Week, the Wilder School will feature current students and alumni who have made outstanding achievements in the realm of public service and policy on our Wilder School Facebook page. We will also share stories about Governor L. Douglas Wilder’s notable career in public service and our school’s history over the years.

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Anti-racist scholar and activist Ibram Kendi.
News / April 20, 2021

Anti-racist Scholar and Activist Ibram Kendi Headlines Wilder School Sponsored Plenary at 2021 ASPA conference

The Wilder School sponsored a special Anti-Racism Plenary Session featuring National Book Award recipient Ibram Kendi during the 2021 American Society for Public Administration Conference (ASPA) held on April 14. Dean Susan Gooden moderated the discussion as Kendi elaborated on the concept of antiracism, his recent publications and thoughts on reparations and other policy recommendations.

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News / April 20, 2021

2020-21 Wilder School Student Awards & Recognition

The Wilder School Student Awards and Recognition ceremony took place virtually on April 12 and honored students for academic excellence.

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