L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs


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Myra Goodman Smith, president and CEO of Leadership Metro Richmond, has made a name for herself through her unwavering commitment to helping others.
News / October 17, 2022

Alumni Changemaker: Myra Goodman Smith

For Myra Goodman Smith (B.S.,’82, M.P.A., ’84), public service is her life’s work. From her days as a volunteer candy striper at MCV hospital at the age of fourteen to her current position as President and CEO of Leadership Metro Richmond, Smith has made a name for herself through her unwavering commitment to helping others. 

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The Equity Summit saw a strong Wilder School presence. From left to right: Blue Wooldridge, RaJade Berry-James, Anthony Starke, alumna Sesha Joi-Moon ('08 MS), Susan Gooden, Elizabeth Harden, Sophie Webb, Keandra Davis and Sombo Muzata.
News / October 11, 2022

Equity Summit Launches Journal of Social Equity and Public Administration

More than 70 social equity scholars from across the globe gathered in Charlottesville, Va. at the Morven Farm for the 2022 Equity Summit. The summit was organized to bring social equity experts together for collaboration and officially launch the Journal of Social Equity and Public Administration. JSEPA seeks to become a collaborative voice that combines equity research and practice in public policy.

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Melani Monje Riberth (with arm outstretched) participates in a scenario drill at the Basic Summer Jailors Academy.
News / October 4, 2022

Future-focused: Melani Monje Riberth gains hands-on experience through Summer Jailor Academy

Undergraduate criminal justice student Melani Monje Riberth put her security, defense, administrative, investigative and forensic skills to the test at the 10th Basic Summer Jailor Academy.

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In addition to his Army National Guard post, Chernoh Wurie has served as a patrol officer, crisis intervention team member, crime scene technician and police planner.
News / October 3, 2022

Boots on the ground: Chernoh Wurie adds Army National Guard to a growing list of professional experiences

Assistant Professor Chernoh Wurie joins Army National Guard

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News / September 28, 2022

Wilder School Lunch and Learn "What's a "Major Question?: Changes in U.S. Supreme Court Administrative Law Rulings and Their Impact on the Federal Bureaucracy"

In recent U.S. Supreme Court terms, the Court has used the major questions doctrine to invalidate executive branch policy initiatives. In this month's Lunch and Learn, Dr. John Aughenbaugh from VCU's Political Science Department will discuss what the major questions doctrine is and how the doctrine might impact federal government executive branch policy initiatives in the future.

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Anbu Arumugan, Senior Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the Government Arts College in Chennai, India.
News / September 28, 2022

Oct. 5: 2022 Wilder School Doctoral Lecture Series: Professional Development for Early Career Researchers

Join Anbu Arumugan, Senior Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the Government Arts College in Chennai, India, for a discussion of research in the international context.

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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 / September 23, 2022

Wilder School Lunch and Lunch explores school safety

How can schools more effectively respond to mass shootings and firearm violence? What does it take to successfully plan and implement programs to prepare and train teachers, administrators and students? These are questions Donna Michaelis answered during a discussion on best practices to plan for and respond to emergencies in Commonwealth schools. She shared a Virginia-based public safety model that can be adopted nationwide. 

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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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