L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs


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66th Governor of Virginia L. Douglas Wilder and Susan Gooden, dean of the Wilder School
News / September 21, 2022

2022 Wilder Symposium recap - "‘I had no choice’ but to help them"

L. Douglas Wilder spoke about his work as an attorney representing the family of Bruce Tucker, whose heart was transplanted without his or his family’s knowledge or consent at the Medical College of Virginia in 1968.

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Urban and regional planning graduate student Eric King is passionate about incorporating sustainability and planning.
News / September 20, 2022

Future-focused: Eric King envisions environmental equity

An urban and regional planning graduate student at the Wilder School, Eric King is pursuing a career in building climate resilience from the ground up at the local level by tackling issues such as flood prevention and rising temperatures in urban areas.

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Aerial view of Chicago skyline from Lincoln Park.
News / September 28, 2022

2022 NASPAA Wilder School presentations

Wilder School faculty and staff—including Wilder School Dean and Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) President Susan Gooden, Ph.D.— will offer nearly a dozen presentations, panels and charrettes during the 2022 NASPAA Conference. The conference is the signature annual event of NASPAA, the preeminent organization of institutions dedicated to public policy and public affairs education, which includes 327 institutional members and universities across the globe.

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VCU Police, in partnership with the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, have launched the
News / September 19, 2022

Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute team of faculty and staff works with police to develop Whistles Against Street Harassment initiative

Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute team of faculty and staff works with police to develop Whistles Against Street Harassment initiative.

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Gennaro Milo poses with Jill Biden when he volunteered with Joseph Biden's presidential campaign.
News / August 31, 2022

Future-focused: Gennaro Milo helps set the stage for a safer future

By formulating and analyzing disaster prevention measures and strategies Milo is helping assist communities and organizations before, during and after emergencies. Ensuring effective and equitable responses requires flexibility when the unthinkable occurs — from natural disasters like earthquakes to terrorist attacks and cybersecurity breaches.

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Donna Michaelis, Director of the Division of Public Safety Training and the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety at the Virginia Department of Criminal Justices Services
News / August 31, 2022

Wilder School Lunch and Learn "Preparing for School Safety: Virginia as a National Model"

Join Donna Michaelis for a discussion on best practices to plan for and respond to emergencies in Commonwealth schools. She’ll share her expertise and demonstrate a Virginia-based public safety model that can be adopted nationwide. 

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Moon earned a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master’s from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU.
News / August 25, 2022

Alum Sesha Joi Moon ‘working with purpose and on purpose’ as leader of diversity, equity and inclusion at U.S. Capitol

Moon, a two-time VCU graduate who this summer became the director of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Office of Diversity and Inclusion, encourages students to have ‘equal parts patience and perseverance’ as they embark on their careers.

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Jovan Burton, M.P.A.’21
News / August 23, 2022

Wilder School Alumni Changemaker: Jovan Burton

Housing accessibility has a complicated and storied history in the Richmond region, and it’s a past Jovan Burton (M.P.A.’21) is working to transform. As the executive director of the Partnership for Housing Affordability (PHA), a nonprofit dedicated to advancing affordable housing policies and programs, Burton is a tireless advocate for fostering diverse, equitable and inclusive communities.

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Eva McDonnell explores the
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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