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News / May 16, 2023

Unequal Distribution of Pharmacies in Virginia Leaves Vulnerable Populations at Risk, Study Shows

A recent study by Ivan Suen and Jimmy Chen, both professors of urban and regional planning at Virginia Commonwealth University's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, reveals compelling evidence of the unequal distribution of pharmacies in Virginia, which disproportionately impacts vulnerable populations.

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With the federal Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 ending, there will likely be fewer mass vaccination events and less intense outreach efforts in the coming year. (Getty Images)
News / May 16, 2023

Brie Haupt: The federal Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 ended. What does that mean?

While most might not notice any changes, VCU experts say people who face social and economic inequities may feel the effects of pandemic for some time.

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The Class of 2023 joins the ranks of more than 12,000 Wilder School alumni.
News / May 15, 2023

2023 Spring Commencement Recap

On Saturday, the Wilder School welcomed more than 250 graduates to our alumni ranks of 12,000 and counting. Governor Wilder delivered the keynote speech which prompted graduates with the charge to take on leadership for the public good, no matter their professional roles. Undergraduate Abby Houchin and graduate student Alexia Brown delivered riveting speeches to their classmates.

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Wilder School and NASPAA colleagues gather with Dr. Laurin Henry at his home in Charlottesville, Va. last month. From left to right: Associate Dean RaJade Berry-James, Professor Emeritus Laurin Henry, Dean Susan T. Gooden and NASPAA Executive Director Angel Wright-Lanier. Back row, left to right: Development Director Stevan Dozier, Professor Emeritus Blue Wooldridge.
News / May 8, 2023

Celebrating a career of public service: Laurin L. Henry, Ph.D., professor emeritus, approaches 102nd birthday

Laurin L. Henry, Ph.D., turns 102 on May 23. He was the first dean of VCU's School of Community Services (now the Wilder School) and served as the president of NASPAA. Last month, Henry recounted his legacy of passion, dedication and service to administrators from NASPAA and the VCU Wilder School.

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Professor Xumeng
News / May 8, 2023

Plan Off! 2023: Congratulations to our urban and regional planning graduate students

The Plan Off! 2023 competition was a huge success and celebration for students, faculty, alumni and friends to gather in support of urban planning. Each year, MURP students compete for a prize by pitching their solution to a real-world planning, public policy or management problem before a panel of expert judges. Students each receive five minutes to present their plans, which advance through a series of rounds until a champion is named.

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Brad Lehmann poses with Gov. L. Douglas Wilder during commencement.
News / May 5, 2023

Wilder School criminal justice faculty Brad Lehmann selected for the 2023 Oxford University Summer Research Institute

While at Oxford, Dr. Lehmann will be designated as a Visiting Fellow of Harris Manchester College and intends to utilize the Bodleian Law Library for its unique insight for criminal justice and the law to access the materials that are not readily available to scholarship in the United States

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John Venuti
News / May 8, 2023

Wilder School Lunch and Learn - Community-Engaged Policing: A Discussion with VCU Chief of Police

In this virtual session, John Venuti, VCU police chief and associate vice president for public safety, will discuss how policing has changed since 2020 in the wake of the George Floyd murder. He will also dissect the significant differences between municipal law enforcement and campus law enforcement as well as discuss a model for the future of policing, “Policing with a Purpose.” The session will be moderated by Chernoh Wurie, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice.

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VCU alumna Sesha Joi Moon, Ph.D., and her family have established the Dr. Sesha Joi Moon Endowed Scholarship to support students in the fields of African American studies, government, and public affairs. Moon, who serves as chief diversity officer at the U.S. House of Representatives, credits VCU with launching her career.
News / May 4, 2023

Sesha Joi Moon, Ph.D., establishes landmark endowed scholarship to unlock the potential of the next generation of leaders

Sesha Joi Moon, Ph.D. (B.A.’05;M.S.’08; Cert’09) is building a lasting legacy in Richmond and beyond through her tireless commitment to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion. Inspired by her family’s past, she’s expanding critical learning opportunities for future generations through the new Dr. Sesha Joi Moon Endowed Scholarship.

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With a double major in political science and criminal justice, Laila Barnes found the Virginia Capitol Semester to be a multifaceted opportunity to gain experience for her future.
News / May 3, 2023

Wilder School Virginia Capitol Semester program: Laila Barnes unlocks future career opportunities

For Laila Barnes, pivoting to a new field of study allowed her to bring her career aspirations into view. The Wilder School Virginia Capitol Semester program offered her an experiential learning opportunity to help build a foundation for her future success. This internship program allowed Barnes to spend the semester with Minority Leader Delegate Don Scott’s office.

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Motivated by a passion for the policy world, Edvard Evans found the Virginia Capitol Semester an eye-opening look into the process of policymaking.
News / May 3, 2023

Wilder School Virginia Capitol Semester program: Edvard Evans gains an inside perspective on Virginia government

This spring semester internship allows students to combine classroom experience with hands-on service in the office of Virginia State Legislature House Delegate or Senator during the General Assembly, and Evans was able to gain an inside perspective on the inner workings of state government.

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