L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs


News and events

News / April 26, 2018

Lawmakers, Educators Join Wilder School Discussion About School Safety and Education Policy

The Wilder School convened legislators, public safety officials and educators from across the state at two events on April 23 to examine school safety in Virginia and to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute.

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Top, left to right: Dhara Amin, Sarah Jane Brubaker and Amy Cook. Bottom, left to right: Christina Mancini, Tammi Slovinsky and Fatima Smith..
News / April 23, 2018

Six Women, Six Approaches to Sexual Violence

This week during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we examine the work of six women at the Wilder School—three faculty members, a Title IX administrator, a former victim’s advocate, and a research analyst from the Department of Juvenile Justice—each,working in diverse ways to end the scourge of sexual violence.

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Lindsey Evans (M.P.A.’08, Ph.D.’17) has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville. Below: Dr. Susan Gooden presents Evans with her hood during the Wilder School's doctoral hooding ceremony in December.
News / April 25, 2018

Alumna and Staffer Heads to Louisville

For more than a decade, Lindsey Evans (M.P.A.’08, Ph.D.’17), a hurricane-force of can-do and personality, has served the Wilder School’s various constituents as a graduate assistant, instructor, program coordinator and research associate. Next week, the Georgia native will depart her beloved alma mater to assume a tenure-track position in the Department of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville.

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News / March 29, 2018

2018 Plan-Off! Offers Two Days of Activities

This year’s Plan-Off! competition on Friday, April 27, will kick off two days of activities for Wilder School students, staff, faculty and alumni to gather and learn more about the impact we have on the community.

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News / April 18, 2018

Wilder School Honors Outstanding Students and Faculty

The Wilder School recently honored outstanding faculty and students during recognition programs for academic, teaching, research, scholarship and mentoring excellence.

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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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Image of five gold stars.
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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