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News / August 4, 2022

Future Focused: Undergraduate Eva McDonnell pursues lifelong goal of a career in criminal justice

As a senior at VCU pursuing dual majors in criminal justice and psychology as well as an accelerated master’s degree in criminal justice, rising to the challenge to develop her education and understanding has been a key priority for her and her family. 

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News / August 1, 2022

Alumni spotlight: Meet Joe Damico, M.P.A. ’97, M.P.H. ’00

Discipline and military structure led to a career in public service

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The Commonwealth Poll featured landline and mobile telephone interviews from June 30 through July 9, 2022, with a representative sample of 813 adult Virginia residents.
News / July 28, 2022

Commonwealth Poll: Virginians disapprove of President Biden but satisfied with status of Virginia’s abortion laws

Biden approval at only 39%, while half of respondents say Virginia’s abortion laws are reasonable.

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The Commonwealth Poll featured landline and mobile telephone interviews from June 30 through July 9, 2022, with a representative sample of 813 adult Virginia residents.
News / July 26, 2022

Commonwealth Poll: Gov. Youngkin’s approval at 49%; Virginians support tax relief policies, funding for HBCUs and innovation lab schools

Youngkin’s approval is split by party and region, but support for gas tax holiday, ending grocery tax, funding HBCUs and new lab schools is strong across all demographics.

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Basil Gooden, Ph.D., Director of State Operations for USDA Rural Development
News / July 21, 2022

Exploring the Resurgence of Rural America with Basil Gooden

One in five Americans now lives in a small town. An unexpected result of the pandemic has been a steady increase in talent moving to rural areas as people reexamine their values, connections to family and work-life balance. What is next in this resurgence of rural America? 

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In recent years, Keener’s own research has focused on the structural barriers to re-entry for previously incarcerated parents and the intersection between mental health and the criminal justice system.
News / July 14, 2022

Wilder School Alumni Changemaker: Steven Keener

Criminal justice scholar Steven Keener shares his passion for the transformational power of education.

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Following the Supreme Court's ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson, Americans in a number of states are expected to face changes in access to reproductive health resources. VCU experts share what impacts they expect from this Supreme Court decision. (Getty Images)
News / June 30, 2022

Exploring the impact of Dobbs v. Jackson with Sarah Jane Brubaker

Brubaker, a professor of criminal justice and public policy and administration and director of VCU’s certificate in gender violence intervention at the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, studies sexual and domestic violence, gender violence and reproductive and sexual health in connection with criminal justice and public policy.

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Wilder School alumna Sesha Joi Moon has been named the new director of the House of Representatives Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
News / June 28, 2022

Pelosi names Wilder School Alumna Sesha Joi Moon to House Diversity Office

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the appointment of Wilder School alumna Sesha Joi Moon as the new director of the House of Representatives Office of Diversity and Inclusion on Monday. Congress established the nonpartisan, independent office Moon will head in 2019 to improve the recruitment, retention and development of a diverse House workforce, to act as a resource for House offices, and to increase awareness of diversity issues among House staff.

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Katharine Bond, vice-president for public policy and state affairs at Dominion Energy, will discuss the economic trends shaping our future.
News / June 28, 2022

Wilder School Lunch and Learn recap - Rising Costs, Rising Inflation: Making Sense of the Economy

Across the country, Americans are struggling with rising prices and inflation on everyday goods, from gas to groceries. What are the economic factors contributing to this situation and how can we make sense of it?  These are topics Katharine Bond, vice-president for public policy and state affairs at Dominion Energy, addressed during a timely discussion on navigating the trends that are shaping our pocketbooks and future plans.

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Basil Gooden, Ph.D., Director of State Operations for USDA Rural Development
News / June 28, 2022

Wilder School Lunch and Learn “The Resurgence of Rural America” with Basil Gooden

One in five Americans now lives in a small town. An unexpected result of the pandemic has been a steady increase in talent moving to rural areas as people reexamine their values, connections to family and work-life balance. What is next in this resurgence of rural America? Join Basil Gooden, Ph.D., director of State Operations for USDA Rural Development, for a virtual discussion exploring rural America.

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