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Crowds gathered throughout the summer in Richmond and across the country to protest police brutality and systemic racism. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)
News / January 15, 2021

Majority say General Assembly special session failed to address systemic racism

Only 14% of Virginians felt that the policies passed during the tumult of the 2020 special session of the General Assembly confronted the issue of systemic racism while 18% feel the session did not address the issue at all, according to a new statewide Commonwealth Poll conducted by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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More than 7 in 10 Virginians say they are likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new statewide Commonwealth Poll conducted by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.
News / January 14, 2021

A majority of Virginians now say they are very likely to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

More than 7 in 10 Virginians say they are likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new statewide Commonwealth Poll conducted by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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The next Wilder School Doctoral Lecture Series in Public Policy will take place virtually on Thursday, February 4 and feature June Manning Thomas, Ph.D., Mary Frances Berry Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Urban Planning at University of Michigan.
News / January 15, 2021

Thomas headlines February doctoral lecture

The next Wilder School Doctoral Lecture Series in Public Policy will take place virtually on Thursday, February 4 and feature June Manning Thomas, Ph.D., Mary Frances Berry Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Urban Planning at University of Michigan.

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News / January 12, 2021

Large majority of Virginians lacked information about the state budget process

More than 8 in 10 Virginians (81%) said they did not have enough information to approve or disapprove of the state budget that was passed during the most recent General Assembly special session, according to the new statewide Commonwealth Poll conducted by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Events / January 11, 2021

Ahead of His Class: Celebrating 90 Years of Pathbreaking Leadership in Education

The L. Douglas Wilder School will commemorate the 90th birthday of Governor L. Douglas Wilder. We will recognize his extraordinary career and outstanding commitment to public service education with a virtual celebration on Friday, January 15.

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Join the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute for a Lunch and Learn Zoom presentation featuring VCU President Emeritus Eugene P. Trani, Ph.D., and John T. Kneebone, Ph.D., VCU associate professor emeritus of history.
Events / January 11, 2021

‘Fulfilling the Promise, Virginia Commonwealth University and the City of Richmond, 1968–2009’

Join the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute for a Lunch and Learn Zoom presentation on January 22 featuring VCU President Emeritus Eugene P. Trani, Ph.D., and John T. Kneebone, Ph.D., VCU associate professor emeritus of history.

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News / December 8, 2020

Election 2020 and Beyond

As a tumultuous 2020 Presidential election drew to a close, the Wilder School invited Dr. Bob Holsworth, a noted political analyst and founding director of both the Wilder School and the Center for Public Policy, to its Alumni Lunch and Learn on November 18.

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Congratulations to VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs Dean, Susan Gooden, who was elected Vice President of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) at its 2020 annual conference.
Wilder School Spotlight / December 7, 2020

Susan Gooden Publishes Clear-Eyed Book on “Global Equity in Administration”

New book edited by Susan T. Gooden, Global Equity in Public Administration: Nervous Areas of Governments, confronts discrimination and exclusion against public servants, governments and government actors.

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VCU faculty from the Wilder School and School of Social Work are studying way to better understand and prevent adverse childhood experiences and trauma through the health care, education and juvenile justice systems.
News / November 20, 2020

Research grants focus on preventing adverse childhood experiences, trauma

VCU faculty from the Wilder School and School of Social Work are studying way to better understand and prevent adverse childhood experiences and trauma through the health care, education and juvenile justice systems.

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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.
Events / November 10, 2020

Wilder school to host virtual commencement

The Wilder School will celebrate its graduating class with a virtual send off at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 11.

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