L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs


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News / August 14, 2018

Virginians See Schools as Safe, Look Increasingly to Mental Health Approaches to School Safety

Six months after a shooting rampage left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, a new statewide poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University finds that Virginians increasingly see mental health approaches as important for school safety.

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Sarah Huggins Scarbrough and Franklin Wallace.
News / October 17, 2018

Scarbrough and Wallace to be Honored at Alumni Volunteer Service Awards

VCU Alumni will recognize two Wilder School graduates—Sarah Huggins Scarbrough and Franklin Wallace—during the university’s Biennial Alumni Volunteer Service Awards this week. The awards, which will be presented during a private dinner and ceremony on Oct. 19, celebrate alumni who have worked with particular devotion to serve the VCU community.

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Majora Carter will deliver this year's Gulak Lecture on Oct. 17.
News / July 25, 2018

Majora Carter to Deliver 2018 Gulak Lecture on Oct. 17

Majora Carter, a leading urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer and Peabody Award winning broadcaster, will deliver the Wilder School’s 2018 Morton B. Gulak Lecture in Urban and Regional Planning on Wednesday, October 17, at 7 p.m. in the University Student Commons.

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News / October 10, 2018

Wilder School Spotlight: Alumnus Joseph P. Casey, Ph.D.

Joseph P. Casey, Ph.D., earned his Master of Public Administration from the Wilder School in 1995 and his doctorate in 2013. He is county administrator of Chesterfield County, Virginia’s fourth most populous, and has enjoyed an impressive career in public service. He shares his story.

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Governor L. Douglas Wilder listens to U.S. Rep. Robert
News / October 8, 2018

Wilder Symposium: Modern Challenges to Persistent Inequities

The 2018 Wilder Symposium challenged the public and policymakers to confront inequities in education, housing and transportation in urban communities and make redressing long-standing imbalances a priority.

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 Wilder Fellows with Interim Dean Susan Gooden. Left to right: Jeffrey Crawford, Ashley Ferguson, Maya Coleman, J’Niyah Knox-Wilson, Linwood Rogers, Conor Blackwood, Interim Dean Susan Gooden, Ph.D., Lark Washington, Eric Mai, Aleigh Faulk, Gabriella Pino-Moreno, and Javon Johnson
News / September 27, 2018

Introducing the 2018 Wilder Fellows

This year’s cohort of Wilder Fellows includes 13 promising scholars with diverse backgrounds and research interests. They include recent graduates from highly selective universities including the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Virginia and the University of Leicester.

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Silent Witness organizer Amy Cook, Ph.D., (right) chair of the Wilder School's Criminal Justice program, and student volunteer Roxanna Dodson stand next to some of the life-sized cutouts that visually represent the victims of intimate partner violence.
News / October 2, 2018

Silent Witnesses Speak Loud Message Against Domestic Violence

VCU’s 2018 Silent Witness Exhibit is part of the university’s annual observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This week, Oct. 1-5, the exhibit is on display on the second floor of the James Branch Cabell Library.

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Wilder School Interim Dean Susan Gooden, Ph.D., recently participated in the 5th World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality in Brazil. (Below) Gooden joins Laura Bloomberg, dean of the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota, and Charles Menifield, dean of the  School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Newark.
News / October 1, 2018

Gooden Joins International Conference on Curbing Inequalities

Susan Gooden, Ph.D., interim dean of the Wilder School and an internationally recognized expert on social equity and public policy, participated in the 5th World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality in Brazil.

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News / September 10, 2018

Wilder Symposium to Examine the Role of Urban Communities in Improving Housing, Education and Public Policy on Oct. 3

The Wilder School will host a symposium, “"By the People: The Role of Urban Communities in Improving Housing, Education and Public Policy" on Wednesday, October 3, that will provide a robust discussion of the current challenges and opportunities for urban communities as they seek to improve.

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Governor L. Douglas Wilder delivers his keynote address at the Kerner Conference.
News / September 20, 2018

Wilder School Leads Discussion on Kerner Commission 50 Years Later

The 5oth Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report National Conference drew an audience of nearly 200 and featured a prominent delegation of Wilder School faculty including Governor L. Douglas Wilder, who delivered a keynote address.

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