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News / February 14, 2024

Lunch and Learn "Building Resilience Across the Commonwealth of Virginia: It's More Than Just Responding"

Join us for an insightful Wilder School Lunch and Learn session with Shawn Talmadge (M.A.’09), Virginia's state coordinator of emergency management and deputy homeland security adviser, as we delve into strategies for building resilience in the face of increasing disasters. From extreme weather to cyberattacks, learn about the comprehensive approach Virginia employs to prepare and respond effectively.

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From left to right: David Webber, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; RaJade Berry-James, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs; Susan Gooden, Ph.D., Dean of the Wilder School; and Michael Rao, Ph.D., President of Virginia Commonwealth University, gather to celebrate the inaugural National/International Recognition Awards (NIRA).
News / February 9, 2024

Wilder School faculty honored with Inaugural NIRA for distinguished contributions

Two Wilder School luminaries, Drs. RaJade Berry-James and David Webber, were celebrated as the first recipients of VCU's National/International Recognition Awards (NIRA) on February 8. Discover how their groundbreaking work in public administration and homeland security is setting national and international benchmarks, and what this prestigious recognition means for the future of public service and security research.

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Wilder School undergraduates Magdalena Ray, Sarah Jones, Ava Wilde, alongside VCU Health's Carol Olson, graduate student Caroline Wagner, alumni Grace Berigan, and Lindsay Cassada of Chesterfield County’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center, unite at the Virginia General Assembly for the Put Victims First Day of Action
News / February 7, 2024

Wilder School students advocate for change at Virginia's Capitol

In an exemplary blend of academic study and real-world application, students from the Wilder School's CRJS316 Victimology and Victimization course recently made their mark at the Virginia General Assembly. Their participation in the Put Victim's First Day of Action was a significant step from theoretical learning into the realm of legislative lobbying for victim rights.

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Almost 6 in 10 Virginians would vote yes in a referendum regarding abortion rights in the commonwealth.
News / January 30, 2024

Wilder School Commonwealth Poll: Over half of Virginians would vote to give every individual the right to make and carry out one’s own reproductive decisions

Majority of Virginians also support increasing penalties for drug dealers, legalizing marijuana and prohibiting parents from having ability to ban a book from a school’s library.

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Earlier this year, it was reported that VCU spent $73 million to back out of a development deal for the building of a new downtown facility with the City of Richmond. Later, it was reported that the financing could be $100 million more than the quoted cost and VCU received nothing for their money.
News / January 23, 2024

VCU administration negates Virginians’ voices, maligns Wilder School Commonwealth Poll credibility in conflict of interest over failed VCU Health development deal

This message is a direct response to the damaging and factually inaccurate attacks on the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs Commonwealth Poll, published on January 22, 2024. VCU top administrators and VCU News have challenged Virginians’ candid concerns about the failed Clay Street VCU Health real estate deal, the exit of which has thus cost VCU more than $83 million dollars and has the potential to exceed $100 million by the time all fees have been paid.

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Earlier this year, it was reported that VCU spent $73 million to back out of a development deal for the building of a new downtown facility with the City of Richmond. Later, it was reported that the financing could be $100 million more than the quoted cost and VCU received nothing for their money.
News / January 22, 2024

92% of those familiar with VCU Health development deal want answers from the VCU Health System board

Earlier this year, it was reported that VCU spent $73 million to back out of a development deal for the building of a new downtown facility with the City of Richmond. Later, it was reported that the financing could be $100 million more than the quoted cost and VCU received nothing for their money.

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Jada Whitley, a dedicated student with dual majors in criminal justice and homeland security and Emergency Preparedness, will proudly represent the Class of 2023 as the student speaker at the Wilder School's Graduation Ceremony on December 8.
News / December 6, 2023

Embracing Challenges: The Making of an Aspiring Change-Maker

As the VCU Wilder School community eagerly anticipates the upcoming Fall Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 8, we spotlight a remarkable Fall Class of 2023 member, Jada Whitley. Whitley, set to graduate with dual undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, has been honored with the role of student speaker, representing her class.

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From left to right, HOME of VA Executive Director Tom Okuda Fitzpatrick, Tarnika Edmunds, and the Wilder School Dean Susan T. Gooden at a Celebration of Life Event for Dr. Velma K. Ballard on October 18.
News / November 30, 2023

In Focus: Tarnika Edmunds & The Enduring Impact of Dr. Velma Ballard

Meet Tarnika Edmunds, a dedicated Wilder Graduate Scholars Fellow at the VCU Wilder School, who is making strides in housing policy and community development. Edmunds’ inspiring work with HOME of Virginia, guided by the legacy of the late Dr. Velma J. Ballard, demonstrates the power of academic and practical collaboration in fostering societal change. Read more about her journey and the impact of mentorship in shaping future leaders committed to equity and justice.

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Congratulations to our graduates!
News / October 24, 2023

Congratulations graduates: register for the Wilder School Fall 2023 Commencement

The Wilder School will hold its fall commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. at the Richmond Convention Center. Gov. L. Douglas Wilder will serve as the keynote speaker. The university-wide commencement will take place on Saturday, December 9, at 10 a.m. at the VCU Siegel Center.

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Sarah Jane Brubaker
News / November 29, 2023

Wilder School to colaborate in VCU-lead project to support high-risk youth transitioning out of incarceration

A multidisciplinary team of researchers, including Wilder School Professor Sarah Jane Brubaker, is launching a project to provide supported employment, trauma counseling, peer support and case management for youth and young adults with behavioral health disorders who are transitioning out of a Richmond-area juvenile correctional facility.

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