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Events / April 30, 2021

Governor Wilder to Reflect on Leadership Lessons

Join the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs for a Lunch and Learn Zoom presentation featuring Governor L. Douglas Wilder, 66th Governor of Virginia and Distinguished Professor on May 19.

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Events / April 30, 2021

Public Service Recognition Week 2021

In commemoration of Public Service Recognition Week, the Wilder School will feature current students and alumni who have made outstanding achievements in the realm of public service and policy on our Wilder School Facebook page. We will also share stories about Governor L. Douglas Wilder’s notable career in public service and our school’s history over the years.

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Anti-racist scholar and activist Ibram Kendi.
News / April 20, 2021

Anti-racist Scholar and Activist Ibram Kendi Headlines Wilder School Sponsored Plenary at 2021 ASPA conference

The Wilder School sponsored a special Anti-Racism Plenary Session featuring National Book Award recipient Ibram Kendi during the 2021 American Society for Public Administration Conference (ASPA) held on April 14. Dean Susan Gooden moderated the discussion as Kendi elaborated on the concept of antiracism, his recent publications and thoughts on reparations and other policy recommendations.

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News / April 20, 2021

2020-21 Wilder School Student Awards & Recognition

The Wilder School Student Awards and Recognition ceremony took place virtually on April 12 and honored students for academic excellence.

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Events / April 13, 2021

Finale doctoral lecture series talk to feature noted researcher, John T. Cooper, Jr.

The final lecture in this academic year’s Wilder School Doctoral Lecture Series in Public Policy will take place virtually on Tuesday, April 20 and feature John T. Cooper, Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Public Partnership & Outreach and a professor of the practice in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University.

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Susan Gooden, Ph.D., who currently serves as interim dean of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been named dean, effective April 16.
News / April 9, 2021

Dean Gooden Opinion Column in Richmond Times-Dispatch

Dean Susan Gooden’s guest opinion column in the Richmond Times-Dispatch reminds readers of the importance of celebrating Virginians who have made extraordinary contributions to the practice of government and the well-being of our communities and citizens.

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News / April 6, 2021

Wilder School to Participate in ASPA 2021 Virtual Conference

This week, thirteen Wilder School faculty, students and alumni—including Association Past President and Wilder School Dean, Susan Gooden, Ph.D.— present numerous presentations during the 2021 American Society for Public Administration Conference (ASPA) to be held virtually, April 9 -15.

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News / April 6, 2021

Leading During a Confluence of Crises

Last month, Wilder School Dean Susan Gooden sat down with two administrators from top schools of planning for a keynote panel hosted by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), as part of the association’s 2021 Administrator’s Conference. Gooden was joined by Jim Spencer, vice provost and dean at Louisiana State University Graduate School and Kevin Hamilton, dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

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The Research Institute for Social Equity in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University is providing support to Virginia’s efforts to promote equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to disproportionately impacted populations, such as the Black and Hispanic/Latino communities.
News / March 30, 2021

A VCU Wilder School institute is playing a key role in the state’s efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine equitably

The Research Institute for Social Equity in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University is providing support to Virginia’s efforts to promote equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to disproportionately impacted populations, such as the Black and Hispanic/Latino communities.

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The 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings confirm the Wilder School among the top 15% of graduate schools of public affairs at No. 38. The school is also ranked No. 19 in Social Policy, No. 28 in Urban Policy, and No. 34 in Public Management and Leadership.
News / March 30, 2021

Wilder School No. 38 in U.S., Top Ranked in Virginia for Social and Urban Policy

The 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings confirm the Wilder School among the top 15% of graduate schools of public affairs at No. 38. The school is also ranked No. 19 in Social Policy, No. 28 in Urban Policy, and No. 34 in Public Management and Leadership.

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