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Earlier this year, it was reported that VCU spent $73 million to back out of a development deal for the building of a new downtown facility with the City of Richmond. Later, it was reported that the financing could be $100 million more than the quoted cost and VCU received nothing for their money.
News / January 22, 2024

92% of those familiar with VCU Health development deal want answers from the VCU Health System board

Earlier this year, it was reported that VCU spent $73 million to back out of a development deal for the building of a new downtown facility with the City of Richmond. Later, it was reported that the financing could be $100 million more than the quoted cost and VCU received nothing for their money.

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Jada Whitley, a dedicated student with dual majors in criminal justice and homeland security and Emergency Preparedness, will proudly represent the Class of 2023 as the student speaker at the Wilder School's Graduation Ceremony on December 8.
News / December 6, 2023

Embracing Challenges: The Making of an Aspiring Change-Maker

As the VCU Wilder School community eagerly anticipates the upcoming Fall Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 8, we spotlight a remarkable Fall Class of 2023 member, Jada Whitley. Whitley, set to graduate with dual undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, has been honored with the role of student speaker, representing her class.

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From left to right, HOME of VA Executive Director Tom Okuda Fitzpatrick, Tarnika Edmunds, and the Wilder School Dean Susan T. Gooden at a Celebration of Life Event for Dr. Velma K. Ballard on October 18.
News / November 30, 2023

In Focus: Tarnika Edmunds & The Enduring Impact of Dr. Velma Ballard

Meet Tarnika Edmunds, a dedicated Wilder Graduate Scholars Fellow at the VCU Wilder School, who is making strides in housing policy and community development. Edmunds’ inspiring work with HOME of Virginia, guided by the legacy of the late Dr. Velma J. Ballard, demonstrates the power of academic and practical collaboration in fostering societal change. Read more about her journey and the impact of mentorship in shaping future leaders committed to equity and justice.

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Sarah Jane Brubaker
News / November 29, 2023

Wilder School to colaborate in VCU-lead project to support high-risk youth transitioning out of incarceration

A multidisciplinary team of researchers, including Wilder School Professor Sarah Jane Brubaker, is launching a project to provide supported employment, trauma counseling, peer support and case management for youth and young adults with behavioral health disorders who are transitioning out of a Richmond-area juvenile correctional facility.

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Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D., an associate professor in VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, serves as director of the Research Institute for Social Equity. (L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs)
News / November 2, 2023

VCU Wilder School's Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn connects equity and outcomes as a ‘pracademic’ – a practitioner-academic

Leading the Wilder School’s Research Institute for Social Equity, she looks to ensure that government services and public encounters embrace the full community.

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Ekrem Mus is a dual Wilder School alumnus in Public Policy and Administration as well as Criminal Justice.
News / November 9, 2023

2023 Doctoral Lecture: "State of Democracy & Human Rights in Turkey" will feature Wilder School alumnus Ekrem Mus (‘10 PPAD, ‘06 CJ)

Join Wilder School alumnus Ekrem Mus (‘10 PPAD, ‘06 CJ), Cmelikova Visiting International Scholar, University of Richmond Jepson School of Leadership Studies to explore human rights criminal justice and public policy implications in Turkey.

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News / November 6, 2023

VIDEO: Wilder School Lunch and Learn "All Eyes on Virginia: Analyzing Election 2023" with Bob Holsworth, Ph.D.

Join the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs for a virtual Lunch and Learn session illuminating upcoming directions in government. Renowned political scientist Bob Holsworth, Ph.D., analyzes the 2023 Virginia elections and examines implications for the state. The session is moderated by Robyn Diehl McDougle, Ph.D. (M.S.’00, Ph.D.’03), Wilder School associate dean of research and outreach and associate professor.

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Stanford University undergraduates pose with Govenor Wilder as part of their hands-on learning on what it takes to run successful election campaigns.
News / November 6, 2023

Governor L. Douglas Wilder hosts Stanford University students for a key discussion on running successful elections

A delegation of more than 25 Stanford University students and their professor joined the Wilder School as part of a special session of their course, “Inside Modern Campaigns: How Elections are Won and Lost” During the gathering, Governor Wilder shared his expansive experiences about the state of leadership, both local and national, as well as his perspectives and observations of the changes and challenges facing good governance.

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Project Belong’s objective is to help youth and young adults psychologically, educationally and vocationally with employment.
News / October 25, 2023

A new VCU-led project will support high-risk youth transitioning out of incarceration

Project Belong will provide mental health, education and vocational support to 75 youth transitioning out of Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center.

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Luisa Nazareno Aguiar and Charity Scott are the newest expert researchers and instructors to join the Wilder School for the 2023-2024 academic year.
News / November 2, 2023

Meet our new Wilder School faculty: Luisa Nazareno Aguiar and Charity Scott

We are proud to announce the newest members of the Wilder School faculty and welcome their expertise and impacts.

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