L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs


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Gary Hack, Ph.D, the 2019 Morton B. Gulak Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning, against a backdrop of autonomous vehicles  in city traffic.
News / August 16, 2019

Scholar-practitioner Gary Hack to deliver Gulak lecture at VCU on Sept. 18

Gary Hack, an eminent scholar-practitioner who writes and advises on large-scale physical planning and urban design, will deliver the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs’ 2019 Morton B. Gulak Lecture in Urban and Regional Planning on Sept. 18.

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Christina Mancini, Ph.D., an associate professor at the VCU Wilder School, was cited in a Boston Globe article published on Aug. 6.
Faculty News / August 28, 2019

Mancini quoted in Boston Globe article

Christina Mancini, Ph.D., an associate professor at the VCU Wilder School, was recently cited in a Boston Globe article about a $14.4 million settlement reached between Dartmouth College and nine women who claimed they were raped, sexually assaulted or harassed by their professors.

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Support for a Democrat-controlled General Assembly has dropped 9 percentage points since July 2018 (52% percent to 43% percent). (Getty Images)
News / June 26, 2019

Almost 30 percent of Virginians undecided on which party should control the General Assembly

With every House and Senate seat up for election in November, nearly 30% of Virginians remain unsure of which party should win control of the General Assembly in 2020, according to a new poll by the Center for Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

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Photograph of Richmond skyline in early evening.
News / July 14, 2019

Wilder School to host talk featuring Richmond 300 Advisory Council

Join the Wilder School for a presentation and panel discussion with members of the Richmond300 Advisory Council working on Richmond’s citywide master plan. Panelists include Wilder School associate professor Damian Pitt and Wilder School alumna and Studio Two Three director Ashley Hawkins (M.P.A. '13).

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William Pelfrey, Ph.D., an associate professor at the VCU Wilder was recently
News / July 15, 2019

Pelfrey featured on live segment of NPR's "OnPoint"

Dr. William Pelfrey, Jr., Ph.D. was recently featured in NPR’s OnPoint during a live segment that contemplated the latest special session on gun control prompted by the mass shooting of Virginia Beach employees on May 31.

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VCU Wilder School staff members Ross Losapio and Ashley Harrison greet students at the 2019 PPIA Public Sector Expo in Washington, D.C. on July 14.
News / July 15, 2019

Wilder School presence at PPIA Expo signals commitment to recruiting diverse candidates

VCU Wilder School faculty, staff and alumni mounted a strong showing at the school's first-ever appearance at the PPIA Public Service Expo held in Washington, D.C. on July 14. An annual event for prospective applicants to public policy and international affairs schools and public sector employers, the expo attracted over 400 students and 100 exhibitors from all over the country.

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Photo of the VCU Police Department headquarters at 224 E. Broad Street in Richmond, Va.
News / July 15, 2019

Wilder School Alumni Networking Breakfast

Join the Wilder School on Thursday, Aug. 15 for a networking breakfast with local alumni from the Criminal Justice and Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness programs who work in law enforcement, public safety and emergency preparedness.

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News / July 19, 2019

Center for Public Policy Spotlight: Dietra Trent, Ph.D., Senior Director of Equity Research and Training

Dietra Trent, Ph.D., an alumna of the VCU Wilder School and the former Secretary of Education for Virginia, is the Wilder School's first senior director of equity research and training.

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News / July 9, 2019

Public Perception of Guns and Public Safety: Findings from the Wilder School’s Public Policy Polls

As lawmakers prepare for a special session to consider issues of gun safety and possession, the Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy revisits what is known about the public’s opinions and perceptions of gun policies and related issues of public safety.

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Victor Yau, a particpant in the VCU Wilder School's Public Service Weekend and a former competittive hip-hop dancer, shows off his breakdancing skills while awaiting a tour of the Virginia State Capitol.
News / June 28, 2019

Wilder School Hosts Dynamic Cohort for First-ever PPIA Public Service Weekend

The Wilder School recently hosted the first-ever PPIA Public Service Weekend for a talented and dynamic cohort of students from all over the country. In total, 24 students from 17 states and 21 universities attended the intensive, three-day experience which focused on the theme “Social Equity in Public Policy Analysis.”

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