L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs


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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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John Accordino, Ph.D.
News / September 20, 2018

Accordino to Serve as Guest Professor in Germany

John Accordino, Ph.D., FAICP, professor in the Wilder School’s Urban and Regional Studies and Planning program, will be a guest professor at Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, during the upcoming winter semester.

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VCU President Dr. Michael Rao, who gave welcoming remarks, stands with moderators Dr. Robyn McDougle, director of the Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy, and Joel Silverman, M.D., chair of the Department of Psychiatry.
News / September 12, 2018

Wilder School, VCU Department of Psychiatry Host Mental Health Mini-University

Policymakers, researchers and the public recognize a need for policies that provide mental health services efficiently and effectively to those who need them, but the complexities of mental illness and the development of new knowledge from research mean legislators may struggle to stay up to date.

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News / March 29, 2018

2018 Plan-Off! Offers Two Days of Activities

This year’s Plan-Off! competition on Friday, April 27, will kick off two days of activities for Wilder School students, staff, faculty and alumni to gather and learn more about the impact we have on the community.

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News / August 28, 2018

New Doctoral Lecture Series Starts Sept. 18

The Wilder School Doctoral Lecture Series in Public Policy debuts on Tuesday, September 18, with a talk by Naim Kapucu, Ph.D., of the University of Central Florida.

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News / September 11, 2018

NASPAA to Honor Jin for Service as Pi Alpha Alpha Adviser

Myung Hun Jin, Ph.D., chair of the Wilder School’s Master of Public Administration program, is the recipient of the 2018 Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter Advisor Award of Excellence from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

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VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., Interim Dean Susan Gooden, Ph.D., Governor L. Douglas Wilder, and Robert Holsworth, Ph.D., member of VCU's Board of Visitors, formally cut the ribbon to officially mark the opening of the Raleigh Building.
News / September 7, 2018

Wilder School Formally Dedicates New Raleigh Building

The Wilder School officially dedicated the renovated Raleigh Building on August 30, celebrating our newest property with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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