L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs


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Dr. RaJade M. Berry-James, Senior Associate Dean at the Wilder School of Government, is the 2023-24 president of NASPAA.
News / October 13, 2023

Dr. RaJade M. Berry-James Named President of NASPAA Senior Associate Dean of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs to Helm Global Accreditor for Public Affairs Programs

Dr. RaJade M. Berry-James, Senior Associate Dean at the Wilder School of Government, is the 2023-24 president of NASPAA. With a 30-year focus on public administration, she champions diversity and inclusion. Her NASPAA vision is to unite academic research with actionable social change. Dr. Berry-James is committed to addressing biases in public affairs education and advancing global public service standards.

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News / October 5, 2023

Championing Equity: The 2023 Wilder Symposium Tackles HBCU Funding Disparities

In an era echoing demands for equality, funding disparities between HBCUs and other institutions highlight lingering inequities. Led by L. Douglas Wilder, the Wilder School of Government recently showcased this crucial issue in a significant symposium. Discover insights from a renowned panel spanning academia to politics as they tackle 'HBCUs and the Absence of Support' at the 2023 Wilder Symposium.

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66th Governor of Virginia, L. Douglas Wilder symbolizes the pinnacle of public service as the first elected African-American in the United States.
News / September 27, 2023

Governor L. Douglas Wilder honored with Defender of Democracy Award by the University of Virginia Center for Politics

Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato will present Wilder with the award at a luncheon event at the University of Virginia’s Rotunda Dome Room on Friday, Sept. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the presentation itself beginning around 12:15 p.m.

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From left to right: Dr. Chelsie Dunn, Senior Research Associate at the Research Institute for Social Equity (RISE); Zehra Sahin Ilkorkor, doctoral candidate; and Isaac Yeboah, doctoral candidate.
News / September 26, 2023

VCU Wilder School Celebrates Three Recipients of the APPAM Equity & Inclusion Fellowship

The Association for Public Policy and Management Analysis (APPAM) has named three representatives from VCU's Wilder School as 2023 Equity & Inclusion Fellowship recipients, who will present at a conference in Atlanta in November.

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Janice Underwood, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
News / September 25, 2023

DEIA: Lived experiences and the spirit of democracy

What trends are shaping diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility programs and how can practitioners prepare and plan successful, long-term strategies?

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Many of us who knew and loved her weren’t able to gather and celebrate her life and legacy. As we approach the third anniversary of her passing, HOME will host a celebration of life to remember Dr. Velma J. Ballard.
News / September 13, 2023

HOME of VA celebrates the life of Wilder School alumna Dr. Velma J. Ballard

Dr. Velma J. Ballard (’15) was a lifelong learner, resilient student, and empathetic, compassionate human being who, like many Wilder students, cared deeply about improving the world around us.  She sought to increase equality and equity in myriad spaces, particularly education, the workplace, and housing.

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These talented graduate students are gaining career experiences with our partners: Capital Region Airport Commission, Dinwiddie County, HOME of VA, Virginia Dept. of Corrections, VCU Center for Public Policy, VCU RVA Eviction Lab, and the Greater Richmond Transit Company. Here's to a great year of research and public service.
News / September 8, 2023

Empowering tomorrow's leaders: The 2023-24 Wilder Graduate Scholars’ Fellowship Cohort at the Forefront of Public Affairs

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University is proud to introduce the accomplished members of the 2023-24 Wilder Graduate Scholars Fellowship Program. This year's cohort brings together 14 inquisitive minds from multifaceted backgrounds and academic programs. Established in 2006, the Wilder Fellowship remains a pivotal bridge in connecting our exceptional master's students with state agencies and nonprofit organizations.

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Eric Campbell leading students in the Athenian Oath during a convocation ceremony honoring MPA students at Syracuse University's Maxwell School. The oath's guiding principle,
News / September 8, 2023

From Churchill's Heartbeat to Leadership's Pulse: The Journey of Eric Campbell

Eric Campbell stands as a pillar in the Wilder School, merging academic theory with hands-on practice. But his narrative has many dimensions. As Harrisonburg, Va.'s first African-American city manager, his impact radiates from Richmond's Churchill roots to the dynamic streets of Charlotte and Dallas, painting a tale of relentless leadership, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to community enrichment.

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News / August 21, 2023

Welcome to the 2023-24 Academic Year!

Dear Wilder School Alumni, Friends and Supporters, Welcome to the 2023-24 academic year! As we step into the Fall semester, we do so full of pride for our numerous achievements and in anticipation of yet another first-class year at the Wilder School. 

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“Our recent Wilder School poll showed Virginians are concerned about the costs of living,” said L. Douglas Wilder, who served as the 66th governor of Virginia. “I’ve always had a one-word definition for politics — money — and the people are likewise focused on inflation and the skyrocketing cost of living.” Photo: Getty Images
News / August 8, 2023

VCU Wilder School Commonwealth Poll: Virginians see inflation and rising cost of living as most important issue facing the state

Virginians also cite concerns about climate change and artificial intelligence.

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