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Congratulations to our Plan-Off finalists (left to right): Annie Weidhaas (Overall Best Plan Award), Charlie Wilson, Gabrielle Dean (Grand Prize) and Neal Friedman.
News / May 9, 2022

Plan-Off 2022: Wilder School master of urban and regional studies and planning students envision the future of communities

More than a hundred students, faculty and planning professionals came together for the 2022 Plan-Off annual competition for master of urban and regional planning students.

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“I like to ask thoughtful questions and dig into topics that don’t yet make full sense to me,” Kyrychenko said. “In my free time or when talking to friends about criminal justice topics, I am known for my love of looking things up in the Code of Virginia to learn what exactly a law says and how it came to be that way.”
News / May 5, 2022

Class of 2022: Michael Kyrychenko sets his sights on a public service career in criminal justice

As a criminal justice undergraduate student at the VCU Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Michael Kyrychenko is engaged in his community and prepared for success.

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66th Governor of Virginia L. Douglas Wilder and Wilder School Dean Susan Gooden (center) post with the 2022 Excellence in Virginia Governance Award honorees.
News / May 3, 2022

Excellence in Virginia Government Awards honor outstanding public servants of the commonwealth

On Tuesday, April 26, the 15th Excellence in Virginia Government Awards returned in person at the Downtown Richmond Marriott. The L. Douglas Wilder School and VCU leadership proudly celebrated key Virginian public servants who have made noteworthy contributions to the practice of government and the welfare of our communities and citizens.

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The Minority Political Leadership Institute hosted a lunch panel to welcome the 2022 class.
News / May 3, 2022

Minority Political Leadership Institute 2022 class kicks off at the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute

The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU welcomes 27 enrollees for the 2022 class of the Minority Political Leadership Institute (MPLI). MPLI, a collaborative initiative of the Research Institute for Social Equity and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, is an eight-month experience designed to promote leadership development for individuals interested in issues important to minority communities, including community economi

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Join Wilder School Assistant Professor Christopher White for this discussion on international cybersecurity and cyberwarfare.
News / April 25, 2022

Wilder School Lunch and Learn May 2022: Why No Cyber "Shock and Awe"? The Digital Dimensions and Implications of Russia's War on Ukraine

Join Wilder School Assistant Professor Christopher Whyte for this discussion on international cybersecurity and cyberwarfare.

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As an M.P.A. graduate student at the VCU Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Brown transforms her passion for social equity into action.
News / April 21, 2022

Class of 2022: Whitney Brown excels with dedication to public service and her community

As an M.P.A. graduate student at the VCU Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Brown transforms her passion for social equity into action.

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Jenifer Nunez has been analyzing survey responses and interview transcripts to identify what barriers Latinx patients face when they need dental care. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)
News / April 20, 2022

How a homeland security major ended up contributing to oral health research

Undergraduate Jenifer Nunez broke out of her comfort zone to advocate for Latinx patients.

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ASPA 2022 Recipients Susan Gooden, Blue Wooldridge and Bill Leighty.
News / March 30, 2022

Wilder School stands out with recognition at the American Society for Public Administration conference

Three Wilder School faculty members achieved important senior career distinctions by earning prestigious awards at the annual American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Conference held in Jacksonville, Fla. March 18-22. The honorees include: Wilder School Dean Susan T. Gooden, recipient of the Gwendolyn Bullock-Smith Public Service Award; Blue Wooldridge, recipient of the Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award; and Bill Leighty, recipient of the National Public Service Award.

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The 2023 US News & World Report Rankings reflect the growing national reputation at the Wilder School.
News / March 29, 2022

Wilder School advances in 2023 U.S. News & World Report rankings

The 2023 U.S. News & World Report rankings show the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University rose to No. 35 in the nation among public affairs graduate schools (up from No. 38 in 2022). The Wilder School’s public management and leadership program also climbed to No. 29 (rising from No. 34 in 2022) in the report’s specialty program rankings.

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Jay Albanese traveled to Ukraine in the early 2000's to research post-Soviet Union organized crime.
News / March 28, 2022

Reflections on progress in Ukraine with Jay Albanese

Jay Albanese, a leading researcher in international crime, looks back on his experiences visiting Ukraine

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