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Administrator Criswell shared her career journey and experiences leading FEMA. She first joined the emergency management field as a firefighter.
News / May 2, 2023

Wilder School hosts FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell for fireside chat

Senior FEMA leadership delegation visited the Wilder School to share emergency management and preparedness career opportunities

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Esteemed VCU alumna Sesha Joi Moon, Ph.D., is the Chief Diversity Officer for the U.S. House of Representatives.
News / April 27, 2023

Support an endowed scholarship in honor of VCU alum Sesha Joi Moon, Ph.D.

VCU alumna Sesha Joi Moon, Ph.D., and her family members have established the Dr. Sesha Joi Moon Endowed Scholarship to support undergraduate and graduate 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 and was one of the first graduates of VCU's Department of African American Studies, credits the university with launching her career.

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Wilder School alumnus Michael Perkins lived a life dedicated to his family, his community and the service and advocacy of others.
News / May 1, 2023

Raising a voice for others to thrive: remembering Michael La’Mont Perkins, Esq.

Michael La’Mont Perkins, Esq., Wilder School alumnus and dedicated public servant, built a life committed to education, mentorship and advocacy. As a young, African-American professional, Michael led a life dedicated to family, faith, leadership, and service using his voice as a tool to impact the lives of those around him forever.

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Christopher Whyte, an assistant professor of homeland security and emergency preparedness at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, is the co-author of two recent books:
News / May 1, 2023

Understanding Cyber Warfare: An Interview with Author and Cybersecurity Expert, Christopher Whyte

Christopher Whyte, an assistant professor of homeland security and emergency preparedness at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, is the co-author of two recent books: "Understanding Cyber Warfare: Politics, Policy and Strategy” and "Information in War: Military Innovation, Battle Networks, and the Future of Artificial Intelligence.” We sat down with Whyte to discuss the second edition of UCW and the current state of cybersecurity.

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Kalokoh’s research explores the intersections of criminal justice, homeland security and emergency management, which developed through his experiences growing up amid a civil war and post-war conditions in Sierra Leone.
News / April 28, 2023

Wilder School doctoral student Amidu Kalokoh awarded highly competitive scholarship for public administration, public policy and public affairs

Amidu Kalokoh, a doctoral student in Public Policy and Administration at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, is the recipient of the 2023 Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program Scholarship in Quantitative Methods.

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U.S. News & World Report ranks the Wilder School public affairs program at No. 39, which places us in the top 15% of more than 250 schools across the United States, as well as top-50 rankings in four program specialty areas.
News / April 25, 2023

Wilder School receives top national accolades in U.S. News and World Report graduate program rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranks our school’s public affairs program at No. 39, which places us in the top 15% of more than 250 schools across the United States, as well as top-50 rankings in four program specialty areas.

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The Virginia Evictors Catalog is part of the Virginia Housing Justice Atlas project, which is being steered by an advisory committee made up of representatives from housing justice organizations in the Richmond and Charlottesville areas.
News / April 24, 2023

The RVA Eviction Lab shines a spotlight on Virginia’s high eviction rate

The Wilder School’s RVA Eviction Lab has partnered with the University of Virginia’s Equity Center to provide data on landlords with high eviction court filings. Together, they created the Virginia Evictors Catalog, a database that catalogs property owner plaintiffs who have filed tenant evictions across Virginia. The goal is to use the data to learn how best to redress unjust eviction processes in the commonwealth.

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66th Governor of Virginia L. Douglas Wilder is the nation's first African-American Governor.
News / April 24, 2023

Wilder School in Action: Governor's Voice

66th Governor of Virginia L. Douglas Wilder joins us for a Q&A to share his perspectives on the Wilder School Commonwealth Poll, a longtime bellwether and trusted source for public opinion in Virginia

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Sofhia Pineda Garay is exploring continuing her education with graduate school across subject areas including public policy, public administration and education administration. The Wilder School  dual-degree program  offering a master of public administration and juris doctorate are also on her radar.
News / April 21, 2023

Wilder School Virginia Capitol Semester program: Sofhia Pineda Garay explores legislation in action

The Wilder School Virginia Capitol Semester program represents a unique opportunity for students to gain direct experience in the policy process. This spring semester internship program allows students to play an integral support role in the office of a Virginia State Legislature House Delegate or Senator during the General Assembly. For Sofhia Pineda Garay, a passion for social equity and social justice reform led her to apply.

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Davina Efetie will spend a month in London for Condé Nast and Vogue’s summer intensive course. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)
News / April 21, 2023

Class of 2023: Davina Efetie steps outside of her major in style

With a summer internship linked to Vogue magazine, criminal justice major has designs on following her passion for fashion.

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