L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs


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News / April 16, 2018

VCU Wilder School, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security to Host School Safety Forum

The VCU Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy and the Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security are sponsoring a forum on school safety on Monday, April 23, that will examine how officials can best assess, investigate and resolve potential threats as well as the evolving role of school resource officers.

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Julianne Sloskey, a Wilder School student and exchange participant in the VCU Partnership with Rabdan Academy, outside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
News / April 12, 2018

Rabdan Academy Offers Unique UAE Study Abroad Experience

For Wilder School students looking for study abroad experiences in destinations less traveled, the VCU Partnership with Rabdan Academy offers semester study in Abu Dhabi, a metropolis situated along the coast of the Arabian Sea which offers a unique perspective on Emirati culture and the Arab-Islamic world.

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(Top) Joseph Costello, president of Friends of the Pump House and a 2017 graduate of the Wilder School's Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, coordinates volunteers at a recent cleanup. (Middle) The Pump House is a grand example of Gothic Revival architecture. (Bottom) Lyn Lanier,
News / April 4, 2018

Wilder School Students, Graduates Leading Effort to Restore Pump House

The granite gables of the Pump House stretch toward the skies like spires on a cathedral, a Richmond landmark on the north bank of the James River that’s sat unused for nearly 80 years — and Wilder School students and alumni are helping to change that.

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News / March 21, 2018

Wilder School Moves Up in National Rankings

The Wilder School moved up 12 places in the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings, released March 20, for best graduate public affairs program, ranking 44th in the nation.

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Top right: Zach Villegas with Del. R. Steven Landes. Bottom right: Elizabeth Dexter with legislative assistant Janet Muldoon. Dexter, a junior majoring in criminal justice and homeland security and emergency preparedness, interned in the office of Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw.
News / March 22, 2018

Legislative Program Gives Students a Leg-up on the Future

Eight-week internship provides unrivaled access to the Virginia General Assembly and career-making experience for diverse majors.

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Wilder School M.P.A. Student Maya Simpkins (middle), who won the Phillips G. Davies Graduate Student Presentation Award at the 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Ethnic Studies, stands with Ravi Perry, Ph.D. (right), chair of the VCU Political Science Department and conference chair, and Julia Jordan-Zachery, president of AES.
News / March 12, 2018

Wilder School Student Wins Prestigious Award

Maya Simpkins, a student in the Wilder School’s Master of Public Administration program, received the prestigious Phillip G. Davies Graduate Student Presentation Award at the 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Ethnic Studies, held last week at VCU.

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(Top) Wilder School students study a tombstone. (Middle) Assistant Professor Kathryn Howell, Ph.D., and students look to see what Evergreen Cemetery Caretaker Ted Maris-Wolf is uncovering. (Below) Wilder School students watch their steps as they walk through the cemetery's vine-clogged paths.
News / March 7, 2018

Wilder School Students Help Restore the Past, Plan for Future

A monstrous tangle of ivy and kudzu vines clog many pathways and bury much of Historic Evergreen Cemetery under a blanket of neglect. Some tombstones are so worn their names are illegible. Others lay crumbled, shrouded by a towering canopy of trees.

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Governor L. Douglas Wilder, the recipient of the 2018 Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award, stands in front of Virginia's state capitol.
News / March 2, 2018

Wilder School to Mount Impressive Showing at National Conference

Thirteen Wilder School faculty and students—including Governor L. Douglas Wilder and ASPA Immediate Past President and Professor, Susan Gooden, Ph.D.—will present more than 20 presentations during the 2018 American Society for Public Administration Conference to be held in Denver, March 9-13. With more than 7,500 members representing every level and function of government and nonprofits, ASPA is the nation's preeminent association for public management.

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News / February 22, 2018

Criminal Justice Program Represented at Academy Meeting

The Wilder School was well represented at the 55th annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, held Feb. 13-17 in New Orleans and that drew 1,500 participants.

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News / February 19, 2018

ASPA to Honor Governor Wilder with Social Equity Award

L. Douglas Wilder, distinguished professor at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia’s 66th governor, will receive the American Society for Public Administration Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award at ASPA’s upcoming annual conference in Denver, Colorado.

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