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Notice of eviction affixed to a worn wooden door.
News / August 16, 2019

Panel discussion to explore eviction policy, community impact

Tout: The Wilder School will host an insightful discussion on housing instability and eviction policy featuring Virginia State Sen. Jennifer McClellan and community activists on Thursday, Sept. 26. The event, “Eviction Beyond the Numbers,” will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts.

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Gary Hack, Ph.D., is the 2019 Morton B. Gulak Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning
News / August 16, 2019

Scholar-practitioner Gary Hack to deliver Gulak lecture at VCU on Sept. 18

Gary Hack, an eminent scholar-practitioner who writes and advises on large-scale physical planning and urban design, will deliver the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs’ 2019 Morton B. Gulak Lecture in Urban and Regional Planning on Sept. 18.

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News / July 19, 2019

Center for Public Policy Spotlight: Dietra Trent, Ph.D., Senior Director of Equity Research and Training

Dietra Trent, Ph.D., an alumna of the VCU Wilder School and the former Secretary of Education for Virginia, is the Wilder School's first senior director of equity research and training.

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VCU Wilder School staff members Ross Losapio and Ashley Harrison greet students at the 2019 PPIA Public Sector Expo in Washington, D.C. on July 14.
News / July 15, 2019

Wilder School presence at PPIA Expo signals commitment to recruiting diverse candidates

VCU Wilder School faculty, staff and alumni mounted a strong showing at the school's first-ever appearance at the PPIA Public Service Expo held in Washington, D.C. on July 14. An annual event for prospective applicants to public policy and international affairs schools and public sector employers, the expo attracted over 400 students and 100 exhibitors from all over the country.

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News / July 9, 2019

Public Perception of Guns and Public Safety: Findings from the Wilder School’s Public Policy Polls

As lawmakers prepare for a special session to consider issues of gun safety and possession, the Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy revisits what is known about the public’s opinions and perceptions of gun policies and related issues of public safety.

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Photograph of Richmond skyline in early evening.
News / July 14, 2019

Wilder School to host talk featuring Richmond 300 Advisory Council

Join the Wilder School for a presentation and panel discussion with members of the Richmond300 Advisory Council working on Richmond’s citywide master plan. Panelists include Wilder School associate professor Damian Pitt and Wilder School alumna and Studio Two Three director Ashley Hawkins (M.P.A. '13).

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William Pelfrey, Ph.D., an associate professor at the VCU Wilder was recently
News / July 15, 2019

Pelfrey featured on live segment of NPR's "OnPoint"

Dr. William Pelfrey, Jr., Ph.D. was recently featured in NPR’s OnPoint during a live segment that contemplated the latest special session on gun control prompted by the mass shooting of Virginia Beach employees on May 31.

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Photo of the VCU Police Department headquarters at 224 E. Broad Street in Richmond, Va.
News / July 15, 2019

Wilder School Alumni Networking Breakfast

Join the Wilder School on Thursday, Aug. 15 for a networking breakfast with local alumni from the Criminal Justice and Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness programs who work in law enforcement, public safety and emergency preparedness.

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Support for a Democrat-controlled General Assembly has dropped 9 percentage points since July 2018 (52% percent to 43% percent). (Getty Images)
News / June 26, 2019

Almost 30 percent of Virginians undecided on which party should control the General Assembly

With every House and Senate seat up for election in November, nearly 30% of Virginians remain unsure of which party should win control of the General Assembly in 2020, according to a new poll by the Center for Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

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Victor Yau, a particpant in the VCU Wilder School's Public Service Weekend and a former competittive hip-hop dancer, shows off his breakdancing skills while awaiting a tour of the Virginia State Capitol.
News / June 28, 2019

Wilder School Hosts Dynamic Cohort for First-ever PPIA Public Service Weekend

The Wilder School recently hosted the first-ever PPIA Public Service Weekend for a talented and dynamic cohort of students from all over the country. In total, 24 students from 17 states and 21 universities attended the intensive, three-day experience which focused on the theme “Social Equity in Public Policy Analysis.”

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Hand of a young offender against a chain-link fence.
News / June 30, 2019

Barnes publishes study on impact of risk assessment in reducing disparities among juvenile offenders

A new study co-authored by Wilder School assistant professor Ashlee Barnes, Ph.D. suggests that risk assessment may prove helpful in reducing intervention disparities among juvenile offenders.

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News / June 3, 2019

Wilder School Selects inaugural cohort of Public Service Weekend

The VCU Wilder School today announced the 24-member cohort of its inaugural Public Service Weekend, a national program that exposes students from underrepresented groups in public service leadership and education to the rewards of a career in the public sector.In total, 24 students from 17 states and 21 universities will attend the intensive, three-day experience.

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Christopher Whyte,Ph.D., an assistant professor at the VCU Wilder School, displays his latest book, “Understanding Cyber Warfare: Politics, Policy and Strategy.”
News / June 3, 2019

Whyte publishes new book on cyberwarfare

“Understanding Cyber Warfare: Politics, Policy and Strategy,” a recent book co-authored by Wilder faculty member Christopher Whyte, Ph.D., offers students the first intermediate primer on the historical and strategic contexts of cyber conflict.

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News / May 9, 2019

Class of 2019: Richmond’s resurgence changed this grad student’s trajectory

A passion for Richmond and a fascination with its development led Jennifer Tillett to VCU's urban planning program.

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Four students pose in front of their poster
News / May 15, 2019

Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute student workers shine at the Doing REAL poster session

At the Wilder School and across VCU, students are “Making it Real” by applying lessons learned in the classroom to real-world experiences and work opportunities. On April 5, seven undergraduate student workers from the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute (GEHLI) came together to showcase the learning experiences they have had in their roles at GEHLI during the REAL program’s first ever Doing REAL poster session.

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The Spring 2019 Virginia Government Leadership Summit graduates in Roanoke, Virginia
News / May 15, 2019

The Inaugural Virginia Government Leadership Summit stood as a Development Program Unlike Any Other

In light of today's complex leadership environment, the Performance Management Group (PMG) within the Center for Public Policy at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs provided an opportunity for deep conversation, candid dialogue, external activities, and a sophisticated examination of self.

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News / June 15, 2019

Wilder School Hosts First VCU Public Service Weekend

The Wilder School will host 25 students from all over the nation during the university's first Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Public Service Weekend, June 14-16.

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News / May 7, 2019

Wilder School Spring 2019 Graduation Ceremony

The Wilder School graduation is on Saturday, May 11 at 6:00 pm.

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News / April 23, 2019

2019 MURP Plan-Off!

This year’s Plan-Off! competition on Friday, May 3, will kick-off a fun-filled evening for Wilder School students, faculty and alumni to gather and learn more about the impact of our Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program on the local and regional community.

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Wilder School Associate Professor Sarah Jane Brubaker, has published a new book, “Theorizing Gender Violence.”
News / April 26, 2019

Brubaker Pens New Book, "Theorizing Gender Violence"

Wilder School Associate Professor Sarah Jane Brubaker, has published a new book, “Theorizing Gender Violence," which provides an introduction to critical sociological theories used to understand and respond to gender violence.

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Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ph.D., and Brittany Keegan, Ph.D.,have developed a new policy framework that aims to prevent sexual harassment in academia. Early adopters of the policy framework include the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) and the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP).
News / May 1, 2019

Wilder School faculty and staff work to improve sexual harassment policies in academia

Wilder School faculty members Sarah Jane Brubaker and Brittany Keegan have developed a new framework that aims to prevent sexual harassment in academia. Early adopters of the policy include the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) and the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP).

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Wilder School Interim Dean Susan Gooden, Ph.D. (center). VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. and EVGA Committee Chair and VCU Board of Visitors member Robert Holsworth, Ph.D., with 2019 EVGA honorees. Back row, left to right: Joseph Walters; Deputy Director of Administration, VA Department of Corrections, Manuel Alvarez; Chairman, Goochland County Board of Supervisors, Gloria Turner; Chairman, Goochl
News / April 12, 2019

2019 Excellence in Virginia Government Honorees Celebrated

More than 250 elected officials, state and local government leaders, business executives and non-profits gathered at the Richmond Marriott to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2019 Excellence in Virginia Government Awards on April 11. The event, which highlighted the achievements of 10 organizations, non-profits, public-private partnerships and individuals who have made significant contributions to Commonwealth communities, was hosted by the VCU Wilder School.

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The 2019 Virginia's Fair Housing Summit is Monday, April 15.
News / March 25, 2019

Wilder School, HOME Sponsoring Housing Equality Conference

On Monday, April 15, the Wilder School and Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) of Virginia will host the second annual Virginia’s Fair Housing Summit, a daylong conference designed to disrupt the legacy of historic and systemic housing discrimination in our communities.

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News / March 12, 2019

Wilder School Soars to No. 39 in Latest U.S. News & World Report

The Wilder School ranks among the top 40 of the nation's best graduate public affairs programs—moving up five places to No. 39 in the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings.

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News / February 19, 2019

HSEP’s Online Master’s Program Ranked No. 9 in the Nation

The Wilder School’s Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program has been ranked the 9th best online master’s in emergency management program in the nation by Online Master’s.

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Keith Parker (B.A.'90/H&S; M.U.R.P.'93/GPA), president and CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia, will deliver the keynote address at the Wilder School graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 11.
News / March 24, 2019

Goodwill CEO and Alumnus to Speak at Wilder Graduation

Keith Parker (B.A.'90/H&S; M.U.R.P.'93/GPA), president and CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia, will deliver the keynote address at the Wilder School graduation ceremony Saturday, May 11.

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 Jesiaah Hoskins, Feven Negussie and Jacob Parcell spent the winter at the Capitol writing speeches, researching bills and meeting with constituents.
News / March 1, 2019

Virginia Capitol Semester: Life-long Connections and Legislative Experience

In 46 days three Virginia Commonwealth University Seniors have gained experience that will last them a lifetime.

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Elias Frantz’s interests in Latin American studies and urban planning have taken him to Argentina, where he is working to help develop a local neighborhood.
News / February 28, 2019

In Buenos Aires, a VCU Gilman Scholar is Learning How to Build Better Cities

Elias Frantz’s interests in Latin American studies and urban planning have taken him to Argentina, where he is working to help develop a local neighborhood.

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Francis Gary Powers Jr., is the author of “Spy Pilot,” a new book that examines the life and experiences of his father, a famous Cold War pilot who was shot down by the Soviets and subsequently interrogated, tried and imprisoned.
News / March 1, 2019

Son of Cold War U-2 Pilot to Speak at Wilder School

The son of the most famous Cold War pilot, Francis Gary Powers Sr., who was shot down in a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union, will address students during a live talk at the VCU Wilder School at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11.

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Teresa Cordova, director of the Great Cities Institute (GCI) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will give a talk at the Wilder School Doctoral Lecture Series on Monday, March 18 at the Raleigh Building from 1-2:30 p.m.
News / March 15, 2019

Leading Economic Development Guru to Speak at Doctoral Lecture Series

The Wilder School Doctoral Lecture Series in Public Policy will conclude its debut season on Monday, March 18, with a talk by Teresa Córdova, Ph.D., director of the Great Cities Institute (GCI) at the University Of Illinois at Chicago.

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“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” by Matthew Desmond, Ph.D., has been selected as Virginia Commonwealth University’s 2019 Common Book.
News / March 1, 2019

‘Evicted,’ which revealed impact of national eviction crisis, selected as VCU’s Common Book

“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” by Matthew Desmond has been selected as the 2019 Common Book for Virginia Commonwealth University. The book, which revolves around eight families—each teetering on the brink of homelessness--dovetails closely with the work of the Wilder School’s RVA Eviction Lab, a key partner in this year's Common Book program.

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News / February 25, 2019

Professor Quoted in USA Today Story about Sex Trafficking Victims

Wilder School professor Jay Albanese was quoted in a USA Today article about the victims of human trafficking and prostitution in the U.S. In the article, Albanese, a leading expert on transnational and organized crime and corruption, describes human trafficking “one of the most serious of all crimes.”

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News / February 18, 2019

What’s Driving Evictions in Richmond?

The RVA Eviction Lab at VCU’s Wilder School has received a Ford Foundation grant to understand the causes — and the impact — of Richmond’s eviction rate, the second highest in the country.

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University of Virginia President James Ryan, Wilder School Interim Dean Susan Gooden and Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni.
News / February 25, 2019

Gooden to Join Ryan and Qarni for School Equity Discussion

On March 4, Wilder School Interim Dean Susan Gooden will join UVA President James Ryan and Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni to discuss the history of the educational divide between Richmond’s urban and suburban schools.

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2019 ASPA Honorees (left to right): Susan Gooden, interim dean and professor; Blue Wooldridge, professor; Sombo Chunda, doctoral student; Suparna Dutta, doctoral student; and Myung Jin, associate professor and chair.
News / February 19, 2019

Faculty and Students Earn Top Honors at ASPA

Five Wilder School faculty and students will receive top honors and distinctions at the Annual American Society for Public Administration Conference. The honors, which recognize outstanding scholarly achievement and career contributions to public service, will be presented ­­­­during a series of ceremonies held in Washington, D.C., March 8-12.

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News / February 18, 2019

Wilder School Announces 2019 EVGA Honorees

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University will honor individuals and organizations who have made noteworthy contributions to the practice of government and the betterment of the state on Thursday, April 11.

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News / January 24, 2019

Interim Dean Susan Gooden to be Honored as Outstanding Woman

Susan Gooden, Ph.D., interim dean of the Wilder School, is one of eight recipients of the YWCA Richmond’s 2019 Outstanding Women Awards.

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News / February 19, 2019

CPP to Host Brown Bag Panel on Economic Development

Join us on Wednesday, February 20, for a compelling panel discussion on economic development policy, employment and housing initiatives within the Commonwealth.

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News / January 10, 2019

Virginians Narrowly Support Public Investment to Land Amazon HQ2

Just under half of Virginians say bringing one of Amazon’s second headquarters to the state will create more benefits than the investment costs, while 41 percent believe the state is investing too much in the deal, according to a new poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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News / January 17, 2019

Wilder School to Host Panel About Immigration

The Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy will host a panel discussion on Thursday, February 28, that offers first-hand perspectives of the work of some local organizations with immigrants.

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News / January 24, 2019

Wilder School Adjunct Professor Returns from Deployment to Border

Matt C. Pinsker, a criminal defense attorney in Henrico County, Va., is an adjunct professor in the Wilder School’s Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program. He serves in the U.S. Army Reserves, Judge Advocate General’s Corps and recently returned from a six-month deployment to the border, where he served as a federal special prosecutor.

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News / January 8, 2019

Virginians Evenly Divided on the Idea of Armed Teachers

Virginians are almost evenly split between favoring and opposing a state law that would allow localities to train teachers and administrators to be armed in schools, according to a new poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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News / January 17, 2019

Next Wilder School Doctoral Lecture is February 4

Brian Williams, Ph.D., visiting professor of public policy in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, will be the next speaker in the Wilder School Doctoral Lecture Series in Public Policy on Monday, February 4.

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News / November 15, 2018

2019 EVGA Will Be Held April 11

The Wilder School is pleased to announce the 13th Excellence in Virginia Government Awards (EVGA) on April 11, 2019, at the downtown Richmond Marriott.

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News / January 4, 2019

Quarter of Virginians Don’t Know Which Party They Want to Win Control of General Assembly in 2019

With every House of Delegates and state Senate seat up for election this November, and both chambers narrowly held by Republicans, a quarter of Virginians don’t know yet which party they want to control the General Assembly in 2020, according to a new poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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A chart showing the issues voters saw as most important in determining their vote in the 2018 Virginia Senate election.  Responding to the Trump administration, with a plurality of 25 percent, led among six options.
News / December 20, 2018

In 2018 Elections, Plurality of Virginia Voters Focused on Responding to Trump Administration

Though President Donald Trump wasn’t on the ballot in 2018, one-quarter of voters in Virginia’s U.S. Senate and House elections say they made their choices as a response to his administration, according to a new poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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GRTC Pulse bus rolling through downtown Richmond.
News / December 20, 2018

Transit Access for Low-Income Richmond Households Remains an Issue, Even After GRTC Reroute

While recent changes to Richmond’s public bus network have improved the region’s access to retail, business and job centers, transit accessibility for the area’s low-income households remains the same or has decreased, according to a new study by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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 Wilder School doctoral student Dhara Amin presents a paper at the conference.
News / November 20, 2018

Wilder School Shares Research at Criminology Conference

The Wilder School made an impactful showing at the annual conference of the American Society of Criminology, held Nov. 14-17 in Atlanta.

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Top: L. Douglas Wilder, Virginia's 66th governor; Interim Dean Susan Gooden, Ph.D.; Governor Ralph Northam; and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. Second: Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball; Gov.  Northam; Lt. Gov. Fairfax; and Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. Below: Gov. Wilder, Dr. Gooden and Gov. Northam listen to VCU Provost Gail Hackett's welcoming remarks.
News / December 17, 2018

Gov. Northam Makes Budget Announcement at Wilder School

Gov. Northam Makes Budget Announcement at Wilder School

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Wilder School delegation members at the APPAM Student Mixer on Nov. 9. From left to right: Jill Gordon, Ph.D., Elsie Harper-Anderson, Ph.D., Yali Pang, Susan Gooden, Ph.D., and Nathan Teklemariam.
News / November 15, 2018

Wilder School Builds Presence at Leading Policy Conference

A notably diverse sampling of faculty, students and researchers from the Wilder School’s core academic programs and Centers for Public Policy (CPP) traveled to the annual Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference in Washington, D.C. Overall, nine members of the Wilder School community participated as presenters, exhibitors and hosts of featured conference events.

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Governor L. Douglas Wilder will deliver remarks at the Wilder School's graduation.
News / November 27, 2018

Fall Graduation is December 8

The Wilder School’s 2018 fall graduation will take place on Saturday, December 8, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C, starting at 2:30 p.m.

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News / November 20, 2018

Wilder School to Participate in VCU 50 Symposium

Higher education leaders, faculty experts and notable Virginia Commonwealth University alumni will gather Friday, November 30, at a daylong symposium marking the 50th anniversary of the merger that created VCU.

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The Fall 2018 Virginia Executive Institute graduates conclude with their class photo at the state Capitol.
News / November 8, 2018

Virginia Executive Institute Grows Leaders and Fosters Connections

For more than two decades, the Performance Management Group within the Center for Public Policy at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs has provided a dynamic forum for leaders of today and tomorrow to examine and enhance their abilities as thinkers, decision makers and leaders.

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The Wilder School delegation at the NAPA Fall Meeting included, from left to right are Dr. Blue Wooldridge; MPA student and Wilder Fellow Javon Johnson; doctoral student Sombo Chunda; Interim Dean Dr. Susan Gooden; NAPA President Teresa Gerton; doctoral student Suparna Dutta; MHSEP student and Wilder Fellow Conor Blackwood; doctoral student Corey Miles; and William Leighty, adjunct professor.
News / November 7, 2018

Wilder Faculty, Students Attend NAPA Meeting

The Wilder School sent an impressive delegation of faculty and graduate students to the recent 2018 Academy Fall Meeting of the National Academy of Public Administration, whose theme focused on “Grand Challenges in Public Administration.”

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News / October 31, 2018

Pitt Appointed to State Solar and Energy Storage Authority

Damian Pitt, Ph.D., chair of the Wilder School’s Urban and Regional Studies and Planning program and an expert in alternative energy, has been named to the Virginia Solar Energy Development and Energy Storage Authority.

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News / October 29, 2018

Wilder School Alumna Among This Year’s VCU 10 Under 10

Wilder School alumna Leah Fremouw (B.A.’08/H&S; M.P.A.’10/GPA) is among this year’s VCU Alumni 10 Under 10 award recipients who will be honored this Friday in a special ceremony.

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News / September 20, 2018

Student Scholarship Deadline is Nov. 12

Applications for Wilder School undergraduate and graduate scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year are due Monday, November 12.

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News / October 15, 2018

Cindy Redcross of MDRC to Speak on Oct. 30

Cindy Redcross, deputy director of MDRC’s Health and Barriers to Employment policy area, will be the next speaker in the Wilder School Doctoral Lecture Series in Public Policy on Tuesday, October 30.

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News / October 24, 2018

Doctoral Student Receives Research Grant

Dhara Amin, a Wilder School doctoral candidate, has received a prestigious research grant from the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) for her dissertation project, “Students’ Awareness, Knowledge, and Perceptions of Mandatory Reporting of Sexual Victimization on College Campuses.”

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News / July 13, 2018

New Wilder Initiative Tracks Richmond's Eviction Epidemic & Effects

A new initiative by two Wilder School Urban and Regional Studies and Planning professors aims to collect data and analyze the chronic eviction problem in Richmond and Virginia.

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Wilder School 2018 NASPAA Faculty Delegation with Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President, Raphael Bostic. Back row, left to right: William Pelfrey, Blue Wooldridge, Raphael Bostic, Susan Gooden, Elsie Harper-Anderson, Myung Jin. Front row, left to right: Sarah Jane-Brubaker, Robyn McDougle, Shajuana Isom-Payne and Wilder alumna Najmah Thomas.
News / October 19, 2018

Wilder School Makes Strong Showing at NASPAA Conference

Some of the brightest minds in public administration education gathered for the 2018 Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration Conference (NASPAA) in downtown Atlanta last week. It was an impressive display of intellectual superstars that included 13 Wilder School faculty and students participants, 11 presenters and one honoree.

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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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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 / 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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News / July 25, 2018

50th Anniversary of Kerner Commission Report National Conference Is Sept. 5-7

The Wilder School is cosponsoring the 50th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report National Conference on September 5-7 in Minneapolis, a major colloquium on race relations in America featuring urban leaders, highly accomplished scholars, thought leaders and historical eyewitnesses.

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News / September 4, 2018

Forum to Bring Together Policymakers, VCU Experts to Focus on Challenges Facing State Mental Health System

A “Mental Health Mini-University” will bring together policymakers and Virginia Commonwealth University researchers and officials for a discussion on the continued challenges facing the mental health system in Virginia.

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Above, Blue Wooldridge, D.P.A., was honored with VCU's 2018 Distinguished Service Award. Below, Wilder School faculty congratulate him after convocation. (Photo by Tom Kojcsich, University Relations.)
News / August 23, 2018

VCU Honors Wooldridge with Distinguished Service Award

Wilder School Professor Blue E. Wooldridge, D.P.A., received the university’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award during the 36th annual faculty convocation program held Wednesday, August 22.

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News / August 23, 2018

Virginians Support Community-based Treatment Programs for Nonviolent Offenders

More than 8 in 10 Virginians favor letting nonviolent offenders with mental illness participate in community-based treatment programs instead of being sentenced to prison or jail, according to a new statewide poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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News / August 20, 2018

Top Five Events You Shouldn’t Miss During Welcome Week

Whether you’re a freshman interested in homeland security or a transfer student ready to take on the field of criminal justice, Welcome Week — a series of events hosted throughout the university August 18-26 — will help you get the most out of campus and prepare you for a successful year at VCU.

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News / August 16, 2018

Majority of Virginians See Community Colleges, Public Universities as Worth the Cost

A majority of Virginians see two-year community colleges and four-year public universities as worth the cost, according to a new statewide poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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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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News / August 10, 2018

Wilder School Poll: Police Should Have Ability to Restrict Weapons at Protests, Other Public Demonstrations

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginians favor giving law enforcement the ability to restrict weapons at public protests and other assemblies, according to a new statewide poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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News / August 8, 2018

Kaine Leads U.S. Senate Race by 23 Points, Wilder School Poll Shows

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine holds a commanding 23-point lead — 49 percent to 26 percent — over Republican challenger Corey Stewart among likely voters in Virginia’s Senate race, according to a new statewide poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. Twenty percent of likely voters and 57 percent of independents remain undecided.

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News / August 7, 2018

Keegan Helps to Organize Statewide Refugee Mental Health Summit

Brittany Keegan, a Ph.D. candidate in the Wilder School and the research coordinator and Land Use Education Program director in the Center for Public Policy, chaired the organizing committee for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Service’s Fifth Annual Statewide Refugee Mental Health Summit.

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News / August 2, 2018

Teresa Wins Award After Being Nominated by Students

Benjamin Teresa, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Wilder School’s Urban and Regional Studies and Planning program, is this year’s Virginia Commonwealth University’s faculty winner of the American Planning Association-Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award.

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News / August 1, 2018

CURA Maps Indicators of Distress for Richmond’s Northside Neighborhoods

The Wilder School’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis within the Center for Public Policy recently conducted a study to map indicators of distress for Richmond’s Northside neighborhoods.

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News / July 31, 2018

Cleary Receives National Honor

Hayley Cleary, Ph.D., assistant professor of Criminal Justice, is this year’s recipient of the Louise Kidder Early Career Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI).

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News / July 3, 2018

Center for Public Policy to House Land Use Education Program

The Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy is now home to the acclaimed Land Use Education Program, the nation’s first structured training program for people who serve on local planning commissions.

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Wilder School Interim Dean Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., delivered a lecture titled,
News / July 2, 2018

Susan Gooden Makes History at International Conference

Wilder School Interim Dean Susan Gooden, Ph.D., became the first person from the United States and the fourth woman to deliver the Braibant Lecture at the 2018 Congress of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), held June 25-29 in Tunis, Tunisia.

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Chernoh Wurie, a criminal justice instructor at the VCU Wilder School, with his class.
News / June 29, 2018

Wurie Wins University Award for Faculty Mentorship

Chernoh Wurie, Ph.D., a criminal justice instructor at the VCU Wilder School, has received the university’s highest award for faculty mentorship.

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News / June 25, 2018

CURA Report Tracks Richmond Region’s Income Growth Pattern

The city of Richmond and the region’s outer counties led the area in the growth of median household income between 2000 and 2016, according to a new report by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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The Wilder School group and colleagues from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Academic Engagement gather during the conference. From left are Associate Professor James Keck; Kaitlin Signor of the DHS; students Garrett Stefaniak, Nathan Moorhead, Abigail Hobbs, Kevin Chevitanon; and Trent Frazier of the DHS.
News / June 20, 2018

HSEP Students Help During Regional DHS Exercise

Four students in the Wilder School’s Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program recently provided support to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s 2018 Charlottesville Regional Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education (RTTX).

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(Top) Fabrizio Fasulo, Ph.D., director of the Wilder School's Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, shared information at  the Communities and Public Safety Stakeholders’ Roundtable: An Analysis of Root Causes of Crime in the City of Richmond. (Below) Sarin Adhikari, Ph.D., research economist at CURA, makes a presentation.
News / June 19, 2018

CURA and SERL Assist with “Project Safe Neighborhood”

Two units of the Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy—the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and the Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory—are supporting the Office of the Virginia Attorney General’s “Project Safe Neighborhood,” an effort to help reduce gun and gang violence among local youth.

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Portraits of Sarah Jane Brubaker and Benjamin Teresa
News / June 14, 2018

Two Wilder School Faculty Receive PeRQ Awards

Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ph.D., chair of the Wilder School’s doctoral program, and Benjamin Teresa, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Urban and Regional Studies and Planning program, have received VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund (PeRQ) Awards.

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Susan Gooden, Ph.D., Wilder School Interim Dean and Professor, is the co-author of “Why Research Methods Matter,” a refreshingly accessible new textbook that hits the sweet-spot between sound, scientific-driven inquiry and the political and economic considerations of real-world evaluation and policymaking. The book, available from Melvin and Leigh Publishing, hits shelves later this month.
News / June 7, 2018

Gooden Publishes New Research Methods Text

Susan Gooden, Wilder School Interim Dean and Professor, has co-authored “Why Research Methods Matter,” a refreshingly accessible new textbook that hits the sweet-spot between sound, scientific-driven inquiry and the political and economic considerations of real-world evaluation and policymaking. The book, available from Melvin and Leigh Publishing, hits shelves later this month.

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Wilder School Spotlight / May 24, 2018

Wilder School Spotlight: Meet Peter Jenkins

Peter Jenkins, a first-year doctoral student and activist, believes that capturing Transgender-inclusive data will help to ensure equal access to public services for all Americans.

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News / May 17, 2018

“The Color of Law”: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

The Wilder School and Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia are co-sponsoring a lecture by Richard Rothstein, author of the critically acclaimed book, "The Color of Law," on Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m., in VCU's T. Edward Temple Building, 901

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News / June 8, 2017

The Latest News from the Wilder School Faculty

Stay up to date on the latest news from the Wilder School faculty.

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(Top) German exchange students, accompanied by their Wilder School hosts, tour Richmond's Fulton neighborhood. (Middle) German students presented to the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission on their system of planning and land use. (Below) Eights students are visiting from the University of Kaiserslautern, accompanied by two professors.
News / May 23, 2018

Wilder School, German University Exchanging Ideas About Land-Use Challenges

The Wilder School is hosting this week eight students and two professors from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany as part of the 2018 Trans-Atlantic Development Seminar.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee members Shajuana Isom-Payne and Chernoh Wurie, Ph.D., pose for a photo at the Wilder School's graduation ceremony on May 12, 2018.
News / May 17, 2018

Diversity Committee’s New Name and New Members Focus on Inclusion

Earlier this month, Wilder School faculty and staff voted to expand the name of an advisory body focused on diversity to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. For the first time in its history, the committee will include students.

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News / May 8, 2018

Wilder School Expert: Virginia Should Expand Distributed Solar Energy Usage

Distributed solar energy can provide at least 5 to 10 percent of the nation’s electricity demand, without causing negative impacts to the electrical grid or significant rate increases for consumers, according to new research by a Wilder School expert in alternative energy.

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News / May 7, 2018

Gooden Named Interim Dean of Wilder School

Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., professor of public administration and policy, has been named interim dean of the Wilder School, effective Tuesday, May 15.

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News / May 3, 2018

Delegate Lamont Bagby to Speak at Wilder School Graduation on May 12

Del. Lamont Bagby of Henrico County will deliver the Wilder School’s graduation address on Saturday, May 12.

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The Wilder School’s Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program has been ranked the 10th best online master’s in emergency management program in the nation by bestcolleges.com.
News / April 30, 2018

HSEP’s Online Master’s Program Ranked No.10 in U.S

The Wilder School’s Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program has been ranked the 10th best online master’s in emergency management program in the nation by bestcolleges.com.

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News / April 26, 2018

Lawmakers, Educators Join Wilder School Discussion About School Safety and Education Policy

The Wilder School convened legislators, public safety officials and educators from across the state at two events on April 23 to examine school safety in Virginia and to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute.

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Top, left to right: Dhara Amin, Sarah Jane Brubaker and Amy Cook. Bottom, left to right: Christina Mancini, Tammi Slovinsky and Fatima Smith..
News / April 23, 2018

Six Women, Six Approaches to Sexual Violence

This week during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we examine the work of six women at the Wilder School—three faculty members, a Title IX administrator, a former victim’s advocate, and a research analyst from the Department of Juvenile Justice—each,working in diverse ways to end the scourge of sexual violence.

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Lindsey Evans (M.P.A.’08, Ph.D.’17) has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville. Below: Dr. Susan Gooden presents Evans with her hood during the Wilder School's doctoral hooding ceremony in December.
News / April 25, 2018

Alumna and Staffer Heads to Louisville

For more than a decade, Lindsey Evans (M.P.A.’08, Ph.D.’17), a hurricane-force of can-do and personality, has served the Wilder School’s various constituents as a graduate assistant, instructor, program coordinator and research associate. Next week, the Georgia native will depart her beloved alma mater to assume a tenure-track position in the Department of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville.

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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 / April 18, 2018

Wilder School Honors Outstanding Students and Faculty

The Wilder School recently honored outstanding faculty and students during recognition programs for academic, teaching, research, scholarship and mentoring excellence.

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News / April 16, 2018

VCU Wilder School, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security to Host School Safety Forum

The VCU Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy and the Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security are sponsoring a forum on school safety on Monday, April 23, that will examine how officials can best assess, investigate and resolve potential threats as well as the evolving role of school resource officers.

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Julianne Sloskey, a Wilder School student and exchange participant in the VCU Partnership with Rabdan Academy, outside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
News / April 12, 2018

Rabdan Academy Offers Unique UAE Study Abroad Experience

For Wilder School students looking for study abroad experiences in destinations less traveled, the VCU Partnership with Rabdan Academy offers semester study in Abu Dhabi, a metropolis situated along the coast of the Arabian Sea which offers a unique perspective on Emirati culture and the Arab-Islamic world.

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(Top) Joseph Costello, president of Friends of the Pump House and a 2017 graduate of the Wilder School's Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, coordinates volunteers at a recent cleanup. (Middle) The Pump House is a grand example of Gothic Revival architecture. (Bottom) Lyn Lanier,
News / April 4, 2018

Wilder School Students, Graduates Leading Effort to Restore Pump House

The granite gables of the Pump House stretch toward the skies like spires on a cathedral, a Richmond landmark on the north bank of the James River that’s sat unused for nearly 80 years — and Wilder School students and alumni are helping to change that.

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Image of five gold stars.
News / March 21, 2018

Wilder School Moves Up in National Rankings

The Wilder School moved up 12 places in the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings, released March 20, for best graduate public affairs program, ranking 44th in the nation.

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Top right: Zach Villegas with Del. R. Steven Landes. Bottom right: Elizabeth Dexter with legislative assistant Janet Muldoon. Dexter, a junior majoring in criminal justice and homeland security and emergency preparedness, interned in the office of Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw.
News / March 22, 2018

Legislative Program Gives Students a Leg-up on the Future

Eight-week internship provides unrivaled access to the Virginia General Assembly and career-making experience for diverse majors.

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Wilder School M.P.A. Student Maya Simpkins (middle), who won the Phillips G. Davies Graduate Student Presentation Award at the 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Ethnic Studies, stands with Ravi Perry, Ph.D. (right), chair of the VCU Political Science Department and conference chair, and Julia Jordan-Zachery, president of AES.
News / March 12, 2018

Wilder School Student Wins Prestigious Award

Maya Simpkins, a student in the Wilder School’s Master of Public Administration program, received the prestigious Phillip G. Davies Graduate Student Presentation Award at the 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Ethnic Studies, held last week at VCU.

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(Top) Wilder School students study a tombstone. (Middle) Assistant Professor Kathryn Howell, Ph.D., and students look to see what Evergreen Cemetery Caretaker Ted Maris-Wolf is uncovering. (Below) Wilder School students watch their steps as they walk through the cemetery's vine-clogged paths.
News / March 7, 2018

Wilder School Students Help Restore the Past, Plan for Future

A monstrous tangle of ivy and kudzu vines clog many pathways and bury much of Historic Evergreen Cemetery under a blanket of neglect. Some tombstones are so worn their names are illegible. Others lay crumbled, shrouded by a towering canopy of trees.

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Governor L. Douglas Wilder, the recipient of the 2018 Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award, stands in front of Virginia's state capitol.
News / March 2, 2018

Wilder School to Mount Impressive Showing at National Conference

Thirteen Wilder School faculty and students—including Governor L. Douglas Wilder and ASPA Immediate Past President and Professor, Susan Gooden, Ph.D.—will present more than 20 presentations during the 2018 American Society for Public Administration Conference to be held in Denver, March 9-13. With more than 7,500 members representing every level and function of government and nonprofits, ASPA is the nation's preeminent association for public management.

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News / February 22, 2018

Criminal Justice Program Represented at Academy Meeting

The Wilder School was well represented at the 55th annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, held Feb. 13-17 in New Orleans and that drew 1,500 participants.

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News / February 19, 2018

ASPA to Honor Governor Wilder with Social Equity Award

L. Douglas Wilder, distinguished professor at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia’s 66th governor, will receive the American Society for Public Administration Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award at ASPA’s upcoming annual conference in Denver, Colorado.

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Dr. Grace Harris, who retired as a distinguished professor at the Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy and was the first African-American woman to serve as the chief academic officer of a four-year public university in Virginia, died on Monday, February 12.
News / February 13, 2018

Grace E. Harris, Trailblazer and Breaker of Glass Ceilings, Dies at 84

Dr. Grace E. Harris, who retired as a distinguished professor at the Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy and was the first African-American woman to serve as the chief academic officer of a four-year public university in Virginia, died on Monday, February 12.

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News / February 13, 2018

Wilder School Report Analyzes Virginia’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program

During an annual legislative reception hosted last week, First Lady Pam Northam highlighted the findings of two just-completed studies that show the sustained and substantial contribution preservation makes to Virginia’s economy through the incentives of state historic rehabilitation tax credits (RTCs) to repurpose and recycle old buildings.

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News / February 8, 2018

Graduate Information Session on February 23

Learn about the Wilder School’s graduate programs and how they can help advance your career at the "Why Wilder? Graduate Information Session" on Friday, February 23.

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Sombo Chunda is a doctoral student at the VCU Wilder School.
News / February 6, 2018

Wilder Student Helps Chart New Interest Area at ASPA

Sombo Chunda, a doctoral candidate in public policy in administration, is the interim secretary of a new section of the American Society for Public Administration that aims to advance the welfare of more than 1.3 billion Africans by promoting the practice and instruction of public service education on the continent.

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News / January 24, 2018

Minority Political Leadership Institute Seeking Participants

The VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, housed in the Wilder School, is recruiting participants for the 2018 Minority Political Leadership Institute.

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News / February 1, 2018

Lowery to Receive Award

Patrick Lowery, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Wilder School’s Criminal Justice program, will receive the SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award during the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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News / January 18, 2018

Wilder School to Host Panel About Opioid Epidemic on Feb. 6

The Wilder School will hold a panel about the nation’s opioid epidemic on Tuesday, February 6, that will focus on how the deterioration of communities has invited and encouraged drug use and crime.

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Winners of the Metro Richmond Exports Initiatives and representatives of the Virginia Gateway Region and Greater Richmond Partnership gather after the competition.
News / January 30, 2018

Five Area Businesses Win $5,000 Awards at MREI Pitch Panel

Five Richmond-area businesses each won $5,000 in the Metro Richmond Exports Initiative’s pitch panel competition at the group’s annual meeting on Thursday, Jan 25.

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News / January 25, 2018

Public safety only Virginia program area viewed by majority as efficient in using taxpayer funds

Only one state program area — public safety— is thought of as efficient or very efficient by a majority of Virginians, according to a new poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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News / January 23, 2018

Treatment centers, housing for those in opioid recovery supported by large majority of Virginians

A large majority of Virginians support expansion of treatment centers and the use of housing in their own communities for those recovering from opioid use, a new poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University shows.

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News / January 16, 2018

Half of Virginia Adults Would Oppose a Ban on Anthem Protests in Public School Sports

As National Football League players continue to sit or kneel in protest during the national anthem, a new poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University shows that Virginians are almost evenly divided on whether they would support a rule prohibiting high school athletes from engaging in similar protests.

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News / January 9, 2018

Almost half of Virginians want Confederate monuments left in place, remainder split on actions

Virginians are split over what course of action to take with Confederate monuments, according to a new poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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News / January 5, 2018

More Virginia Voters Pulled Lever in Response to Trump Administration than Confederate Monuments

More than one in five voters in Virginia’s recent gubernatorial election say they made their decision in response to the Trump administration, according to a new poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Wilder School Spotlight / December 15, 2017

Wilder School Spotlight: Meet Erna Ruijer

Erna Ruijer is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utrecht, where she is working on government transparency research with European Union as part of its Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

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News / December 14, 2017

Wilder Doctoral Student Selected for National Fellowship

Nathan Teklemariam (M.U.R.P.,'13), a doctoral student whose research examines international economic development and fair housing, has been named a 2018 American Society for Public Administration Founders’ Fellow.

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Mona Elrayah is a second-year Wilder School M.P.A. student who recently shared her experiences as an immigrant at a TEDxYouth@RVA talk.
News / December 13, 2017

An Immigrant’s Story of Safety and Opportunity

Mona Elrayah, a second-year student in the Wilder School’s Master of Public Administration program, works with 35 immigrant and refugee students at the STAR after-school program (Strengthening Teens Academically and Recreationally), run by the Tuckahoe YMCA in Henrico County. The program partners with Quioccasin Middle School.

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Governor L. Douglas Wilder
News / November 28, 2017

Governor Wilder to Speak at Wilder School Graduation

L. Douglas Wilder, 66th governor of Virginia and distinguished professor at the school that bears his name, will deliver the Wilder School’s graduation address on Saturday, December 9.

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Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ph.D., and Meghan Gough, Ph.D., associate professors at the VCU Wilder School have been selected to participate in the 2018 Summer Faculty Research Program.
News / December 7, 2017

National Program Offers Pathways for Wilder Faculty

Wilder School faculty members Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ph.D., and Meghan Gough, Ph.D., have been tapped to participate in the 2018 Faculty Research Program, a best-in-class boot camp designed to provide holistic support to researchers in academia.The program is helping both scholars to carve out a unique arc in their professional development while reaching new heights in research productivity.

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Image of multiple awards.
News / December 8, 2017

Two Wilder Advisors to Receive National Citation

Nicholas ‘Nick’ Garcia and Sarah ‘Brianne’ Morrison, advising administrators at the VCU Wilder School, will receive citations from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) at the association’s mid-Atlantic conference held in Dover, Delaware March 21-23.This is the first time in recent history that two VCU advisors were nominated for a NACADA citation of merit from the same school or academic unit.

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News / November 30, 2017

City Appoints Pitt to “Richmond 300” Advisory Council

A Wilder School faculty member has been appointed to the advisory council for the city’s new master plan process, Richmond 300: A Guide for Growth.

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News / November 27, 2017

Albanese Recognized for Lifetime Contributions to Criminal Justice

Jay Albanese, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Wilder School’s Criminal Justice program, has been honored with the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC) for lifetime contributions to the field.

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Sheila E. Battle opened the conference, sharing her life-changing experiences with GEHLI's programs.
News / November 17, 2017

HIGHER Ground, Higher Purpose

Three hundred people attended the 11th Annual HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Conference hosted by the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, a division of the Wilder School.

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Kate Howell, Ph.D., and Sarah Raskin, Ph.D., are the recipients of the Wilder School's 2017-2018 Faculty Small Grant Awards.
Faculty News / November 17, 2017

Wilder School Awards Small Grants for Community-Based Research

Kate Howell, Ph.D., and Sarah Raskin, Ph.D. have been named the recipients of the Wilder School's 2017-2018 Faculty Small Grant Awards. Both were selected for projects that examine critical issues affecting underserved populations in Richmond and the state of Virginia.

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A map of the Richmond metropolitan region shows household income in 2015.
News / November 15, 2017

CURA Releases Maps on Income Growth and Socioeconomic Data

Project is Part of an Analysis of the Region’s Residential Real Estate Markets

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The Wilder School contingent included, from left, Myles Robinson, Maribell Street, Ryan Bentley, Assistant Professor Jim Keck, Brian Pierce, Safoorah Mughal and Nicolay Petrov.
News / March 31, 2017

HSEP Students, Alumni Involved in Symposium

The Wilder School’s Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program played an active role at the recent 2017 Virginia Emergency Management Symposium.

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View of the historic Liberty Bell at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. The city is home to the 2017 annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology which will be held November 15-18.
News / November 14, 2017

Wilder Faculty to Showcase 10 Papers at Global Crime Conference

For the second year in a row, scholars at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs will make a significant showing at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology.

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Left to right: John Accordino, Robert Holsworth, L. Douglas Wilder, Rachel Bitecofer, J. Lee Vogler, Kristine Artello, and Cordel Faulk
News / November 6, 2017

Watch “The People’s Debate “ on Video

”The People’s Debate: Tackling State and National Issues with Your Questions” prompted questions and generated robust discussion about a wide range of issues on the eve of Virginia’s statewide elections.

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Tom Jacobson of the Wilder School's Center for Urban and Regional Analysis gives an overview of the Affordable Housing study at the MetroView Forum.
News / November 6, 2017

MetroView Offers Insights to Richmond Region

Planners and policymakers received an overview about MetroView at a recent forum about the Wilder School’s metro-wide information system.

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Zach Villegas, a criminal justice and homeland security and emergency preparedness double major, manages customer orders at his part-time job at the Cabell Library Starbucks Coffee.
Wilder School Spotlight / November 1, 2017

Meet Zach Villegas

For Zach Villegas, a criminal justice and homeland security and emergency preparedness double major, balancing three jobs, student leadership and 18 credits is all day's work.

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Wilder School 10 Under 10 Alumni  award recipients. From left to right: Ashley Hawkins, LeQuan Hylton, Ph.D. and Ryan Rinn.
News / October 26, 2017

Wilder Alumni Dominate VCU's 10 Under 10 Awards

Three Wilder School alumni--Ashley Hawkins, LeQuan Hylton and Ryan Rinn--are amongwere recently named among VCU's 10 under 10. The awards honor alumni who have earned their first degree—undergraduate, graduate or professional—from the university within the past decade and who have made important contributions to their community and loyally supported the university

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Evening image of Chicago skyline.
News / October 26, 2017

Wilder School Faculty and Students to Present at APPAM

Several Wilder School faculty and students will travel to Chicago to present their scholarship at the 2017 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Research Conference Nov. 2-4. Faculty members Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ph.D., Susan Gooden, Ph.D., and doctoral student Tammi Slovinsky are scheduled to present original research at the conference. Doctoral student Dhara Amin will also attend. Amin has been awarded an APPAM Equity and Inclusion Student Fellowship.

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Susan Gooden, Ph.D., is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a professor of public administration at the Wilder School.
News / October 25, 2017

Gooden to lead Kerner journal, conference

Wilder School professor Susan Gooden, Ph.D., is the co-editor of a collection of articles that will mark the semi-centennial of the Kerner Commission Report, which is due out next fall. To celebrate the publication, Gooden is organizing a national conference in Minneapolis September 6-7. Both the journal symposium and the conference are being sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation.

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News / October 11, 2017

“The People’s Debate: Tackling State and National Issues with Your Questions” on Nov. 2

“The People’s Debate: Tackling State and National Issues with Your Questions” will be led by L. Douglas Wilder, former Virginia governor and distinguished professor at the Wilder School, and Robert D. Holsworth, Ph.D., noted political analyst and former dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences at VCU.

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Daytime image of Washington, D.C. skyline.
News / October 5, 2017

Seven from Wilder School to Present at 2017 NASPAA Conference

Seven Wilder School faculty, students and alumni are set to present a wide-range of topics next week at the 2017 Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Wilder School students Hannah Cameron (right), president of the Urban and Regional Planning Student Association, and Gwendolyn Griffin, president of the Urban Studies Student Association, actively promote planning.
News / October 5, 2017

National Community Planning Month is Every Day

October may be National Community Planning Month, but the Wilder School celebrates it every day.

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Pam Spratley is a a travel coordinator and office services specialist at the VCU Wilder School,
Wilder School Spotlight / October 4, 2017

Meet Pam Spratley

No two days are ever the same for Pam Spratley, a travel coordinator and office services specialist at the VCU Wilder School. Spratley manages a travel portfolio that includes more than 100 faculty, staff and doctoral students during any given semester. Though much of that work is behind-the-scenes, it's a critical role that Spratley enjoys.

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The VCU Silent Witness Exhibit, open October 6-12, is designed to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence and encourage action to create change.
News / September 28, 2017

Student-run Exhibit Sheds Light on Domestic Violence

Student volunteers from two classes led by Wilder School assistant professor Amy Cook,Ph.D., will stage an exhibit to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence at the James Branch Cabell Library Oct. 12-16. "Silent Witness" will feature life-size wooden silhouettes of Virginians killed by an intimate partner.

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2017 International Young Scholars Workshop participants: Sombo Chunda, Brittany Keegan and Suparna Dutta.
News / May 11, 2017

Three Wilder Students Selected for Competitive Policy Workshop

Three Wilder School students--Sombo Chunda, Suparna Dutta and Brittany Keegan--have been selected to participate in the competitive International Young Scholars Workshop in Chennai, India this summer.

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News / September 28, 2017

Graduate Information Session on October 20

The Wilder School will host an information session about our graduate programs on Friday, Oct. 20, in the VCU Student Commons.

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Free Egunfemi, director of Untold RVA, leads Wilder School students in a candle lighting ceremony to honor the lives of the enslaved at Richmond's African Ancestral Burial Grounds on Sept. 7. The students are members of HSEP: 391: Human Trafficking, a course led by assistant professor Maureen Moslow-Benway.
News / September 26, 2017

Slavery Then, Slavery Now: Class Connects Slave Trade to Human Trafficking

Students from Maureen Moslow-Benway’s "Human Trafficking" course toured Libby Hill, The Devil’s Half Acre and Richmond’s African Ancestral Burial Grounds earlier this month. In a evocative presentation curated by Untold RVA Director Free Egunfemi, the class examined Richmond's role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and drew connections to contemporary human trafficking.

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Greg Wingfield
News / September 25, 2017

2017 Alumni Star: Gregory H. Wingfield

Greg Wingfield, a MURP graduate, is a senior fellow at the VCU Wilder School and a principal of G.H. Wingfield. He is a nationally recognized expert on economic development and expert services.

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News / September 19, 2017

Metro Richmond Exports Initiative Announces the Launch of New Website

The Metro Richmond Exports Initiative has launched its new website, MetroRichmondExports.com

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News / September 14, 2017

Wilder School Presents Fall Get-in-Gear Series

Looking for hands-on professional experience before graduation? Join the Wilder School for Get-in-Gear, four informative sessions featuring job and internship opportunities in the public, private and non-profit sectors this fall.

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Photo credit: Noah Kalina
News / September 18, 2017

Toni L. Griffin to Deliver Gulak Lecture on Oct. 25

Toni L. Griffin, founder of Urban Planning and Design for the American City, will deliver this year’s Morton B. Gulak Lecture in Urban and Regional Planning on Wednesday, October 25, at 7 p.m. in the University Student Commons. The event is free and open to the public.

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News / August 23, 2017

Wilder School Reports Shows Demand for Space by Local Entrepreneurs in Hopewell

A strong demand exists among local entrepreneurs to use a city-owned building in downtown Hopewell as a kitchen incubator, makerspace or co-working space, according to a report by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Virginia Capitol Semester Alumna Julia Carney looks over legislative email between meetings. Next to her is Deborah L. Sherman, legislative aide to Del. Vivian E. Watts.
News / September 14, 2017

Virginia Capitol Semester Seeking 2018 Interns

Applications are now open for the state's flagship legislative internship program, Virginia Capitol Semester. Deadline is Oct. 2.

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From left to right: Ava Wagner, Nate Manning, Jada Smith, Jesse Harris, Governor L. Douglas Wilder, Dean John Accordino, Ph.D., Lara McLellan, Libba Goggans McKinsey, Rebecca Doody and J'Niyah Knox-Wilson.
News / September 12, 2017

2017 Class of Wilder Fellows Announced

The Wilder School has announced its 2017 Class of Wilder Graduate Scholars Fellows. This year, eight students will join five host agencies and embark on a journey to apply their talents to issues and organizations that advance the public good.

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Four new hires have joined the Wilder School for the 2017-18 academic year. From left to right: Ashlee Barnes, Ph.D., Denia Lee-Hing, Ed.D., Sarah Raskin, Ph.D., and Christopher Whyte, Ph.D.
News / August 30, 2017

Wilder School Celebrates Fresh Faces, Promotions

Four new hires have joined the Wilder School for the 2017-18 academic year and a few others were recently promoted. The new appointments will strengthen the school in a number of its specialty areas, including criminal justice, community engagement and homeland security.

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News / August 28, 2017

VCU Poll: Half of Virginians Support Campus Anti-Discrimination Policies Over Unlimited Free Speech

Half of Virginians (50 percent) think colleges and universities should place more emphasis on protecting everyone on campus from discrimination even if doing so means there are negative consequences for voicing one’s opinions, according to a poll released today.

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Dr. Shashi Tharoor, a member of India’s Parliament, former undersecretary general of the United Nations and an award-winning author.
News / August 28, 2017

2017 India Lecture in Democracy and Civil Society is Oct. 9

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, a member of India’s Parliament, former undersecretary general of the United Nations and an award-winning author, will deliver the Wilder School’s 2017 India Lecture in Democracy and Civil Society on Monday, October 9.

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Anna Clemens and Keith Parker outside MARTA's headquarters in downtown Atlanta.
News / August 25, 2017

MARTA Internship Provides “One-of-a-Kind Experiences”

Clemens, a first-year student in the Wilder School’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, recently completed a one-of-a-kind internship as the personal intern to the CEO of the nation’s ninth-largest transportation system.

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News / August 21, 2017

VCU Poll: 80 Percent of Virginians Support Financial Incentives to Spur Economic Development

A strong majority of Virginians— 80 percent—support the use of tax credits or other financial incentives by the state as an economic development strategy, according to the latest poll released by the Wilder School. But for many, the details of such policies make a big difference in their support.

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The Peppas led new students on a spirit walk down Broad Street.
News / August 21, 2017

Six Events You Shouldn’t Miss During Welcome Week

Whether you're a freshman or a graduate student returning to campus, Welcome Week—a series of events hosted throughout the university August 19-27—will help you get the most out of campus and prepare you for a successful year at VCU. Find out the top six events every incoming VCU student should attend.

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VCU Wilder School 2017 Summer Public Policy Poll
News / August 15, 2017

Va. Poll: Majority Say Localities Should Use Taxpayer Resources to Enforce Federal Immigration Laws

A slim majority of Virginians — 55 percent — say local governments should be required to use their resources to enforce federal immigration laws, according to a poll released today.

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News / August 11, 2017

Gough Chosen as 2017-2018 Provost Office Faculty Fellow

Meghan Gough, Ph.D., chair of the Wilder School’s Urban and Regional Studies and Planning program, has been selected to receive a 2017-2018 Provost Office Faculty Fellowship for Community Engagement.

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Nakeina Douglas-Glenn,Ph.D., is sworn in by Gov. Terry McAuliffe during the inaugural meeting of the Task Force on Millennial Civic Engagement at the Patrick Henry Building on July 28.
News / August 11, 2017

Douglas-Glenn Appointed to Millennial Task Force

Nakeina Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D., director of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at the Wilder School, has been appointed to Gov. Terry McAuliffe's Task Force on Millennial Civic Engagement.

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News / August 8, 2017

Northam, Other Virginia Democrats Hold leads in all Three Upcoming Statewide Elections

Democrat Ralph Northam holds a five-point lead over Republican Ed Gillespie among likely voters — 42 percent to 37 percent — in the race to become the next governor of Virginia, according to a poll released today by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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News / August 7, 2017

Wilder School’s M.P.A. Diversity Plan Cited

The Wilder School's Master of Public Administration program has been recognized by NASPAA, the global accreditor of master’s degree programs in public affairs for efforts to attract and retain a diverse student body.

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News / July 31, 2017

Wilder School Among First Recipients of University’s Curriculum Awards

The Wilder School has been awarded $10,000 for the creation of courses that advance students understanding of issues related to diversity and inclusion. The school is among the first recipients of grant funding under the university’s Curriculum Development Awards—an initiative of the Division of Inclusive Excellence.

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Robyn McDougle
News / July 24, 2017

McDougle Reappointed to State Board

Robyn McDougle, associate professor of Criminal Justice and director of the Wilder School’s Office of Public Policy Outreach, was recently reappointed to a second four-year term on the Virginia Board on Juvenile Justice by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

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Wendy Fewster, a 2016 graduate of the Wilder School's Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, is executive director of Richmond Region Energy Alliance. The image on her laptop shows the difference an attic hatch cover can make on energy efficiency.
News / July 24, 2017

Wilder School Spotlight: Meet Wendy Fewster

Wendy Fewster, a 2016 graduate of the Wilder School’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, is energized about her job as the executive director of Richmond Region Energy Alliance.

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News / July 19, 2017

Wilder School Adjunct Nominated for DOD Post

Guy B. Roberts, an adjunct faculty member of the Wilder School who teaches in the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program, will be nominated as an assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs in the Department of Defense.

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News / June 19, 2017

Wilder School, VCU School of Medicine Receive PeRQ Fund Award

In a first collaboration of its type between the two schools, the Wilder School’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and the VCU School of Medicine have received a Presidential Research Quest Fund award.

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News / July 13, 2017

Wilder School, HOME Sponsoring Housing Equality Conference Sept. 22

The Wilder School and Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia will sponsor a daylong conference on Friday, September 22, that will bring together planners, government officials, nonprofit advocates and other housing officials to hear from local and national experts about affirmatively promoting equitable access to opportunity in our communities.

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This map shows the pattern of how retail and service jobs are heavily located in the suburban areas of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties (shown in blue) while affordable housing (in brown and tan) is concentrated in the Southside and east end of the city, close-in suburban neighborhoods, and rural and small town areas on the fringe of the Richmond metro area.
News / July 13, 2017

Wilder School Study Finds Affordable Housing Not Located Near Available Jobs in the Richmond Region

A new report issued by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University finds that affordable housing isn’t located near available jobs in the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Eric Barton
News / June 29, 2017

Fellowship Provides First-Hand Experience for Wilder Student

Eric Barton (H&S ‘13), a second-year public administration student, has been selected to participate in an intense eight-week internship within the state’s executive branch.

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A visit to the James River Park Pipeline Walkway was among the stops made by students and professors from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany during their stay in Richmond.
News / June 21, 2017

Wilder School Hosts German Planning Students

For the fourth year, students from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany recently spent a week with their counterparts at the Wilder School learning about the American planning system.

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John Mahoney,Ph.D., at the Spring 2016 Wilder School Graduation Ceremony on May 16.
News / June 21, 2017

The Wilder School Bids Farewell to John Mahoney

On June 30, John Mahoney, Ph.D., a longtime administrator, associate professor and assistant dean for undergraduate academic affairs at the Wilder School will retire. His departure will conclude a career spanning more than three decades—including 34 years in higher education and 29 years as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves.

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Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ph.D., is the inaugural recipient of the Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award.
News / June 13, 2017

Brubaker Receives Inaugural Mentorship Award

Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ph.D., an associate professor and chair of the Wilder School’s Public Policy and Administration program, has received the first-ever Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award.

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Blythe Bowman Balestrieri, Ph.D., poses in the Law Library at the Richmond City Justice Center.
News / June 2, 2017

Balestrieri Recognized for Work in Richmond City's Jail Library

Blythe Bowman Balestrieri, associate professor of criminal justice at the Wilder School, was recently featured for her work as a law librarian at the Richmond City Justice Center.

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News / May 26, 2017

Wilder School Study Links City Hall Performance to Key Departments

A new Wilder School study commissioned by Mayor Levar Stoney finds a retool of key departments is needed to improve the performance quality of Richmond’s City Hall.

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The Spring 2017 Class of VEI
News / May 23, 2017

Virginia Executive Institute: Building Leaders

The Wilder School's Virginia Executive Institute is the premier leadership development program for leaders in Virginia government from all branches and regions—executive, judicial and legislative, as well as universities, independent state agencies and local government from across the commonwealth.

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Wilder Graduate Scholars Fellows Ibrahim Keita, Lashelle Johnson and Joseph Costello.
News / May 18, 2017

Wilder Fellows Take on State Challenges

Inside meetings with career policy analysts, administrators and statisticians, Wilder Graduate Scholars Fellows tackle issues confronting some of the commonwealth’s largest and most impactful agencies.

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Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., professor of public administration and policy, will attend a by-invitation-only conference next month that's cosponsored by the UN and the government of the Netherlands.
News / May 17, 2017

Gooden Invited to International Conference

Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., professor of public administration and policy, has been invited to attend an international conference in the Netherlands cosponsored by the United Nations that celebrates public servants’ contributions to sustainable development.

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News / May 5, 2017

Gough Leads Recent Partnership Grant

Meghan Gough, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Wilder School’s Urban and Regional Planning and Studies program, is the primary investigator on a grant received from the VCU Council for Community Engagement to support the development of a new university-community partnership that will investigate, “Asset-Based Community Development: A Model for Community Strengthening.”

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John Accordino, Ph.D., FAICP
News / May 2, 2017

Dean to Deliver Wilder School’s Graduation Address

Dean John Accordino,Ph.D., FAICP, will deliver the Wilder School’s graduation address on Saturday, May 13.

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News / April 25, 2017

Wilder School Study Shows that Heritage Tourists Spend $7.7 Billion A Year

Heritage tourism is an important driver of Virginia’s economy, generating almost $7.7 billion a year, according to a study by the Wilder School commissioned by Preservation Virginia.

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Christina Mancini, Ph.D.
Wilder School Spotlight / April 25, 2017

Meet Christina Mancini

Christina Mancini, Ph.D., is an expert on sexual violence, campus rape, sexual assault policy and the role of public opinion in shaping public safety.

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Governor L. Douglas Wilder, Wilder  School Dean John Accordino, Associate Dean Jill Gordon and Director of Student Success Shajuana Isom-Payne stand with (top) students who received recognition through their academic programs and (bottom) students who received scholarships.
News / April 21, 2017

Wilder School Honors Outstanding Students

The Wilder School recognized outstanding students for their academic, leadership and public service achievements at an awards program at the VCU Student Commons on Thurs., April 20.

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News / April 14, 2017

Suen Coauthors Economic Impact Study of the James River Park System

A study conducted by a Wilder School associate professor and a VCU psychology associate professor on behalf of the Friends of the James River Park has found that the James River Park System has a positive impact on the city of Richmond, with every dollar in the park’s budget generating more than $60 in visitor spending.

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First: (from left) Robyn McDougle, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Wilder School Dean John Accordino, Greg Wingfield and David Hudgins of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative.
Second: Virginia FREE Executive Director Chris Saxman gives opening remarks.
Third: Wilder School Dean John Accordino and Robyn McDougle greet Del. Kenneth Plum of Reston.
News / April 6, 2017

Wilder School Presents Insights on the Virginia Economy

Virginia lawmakers and business leaders met at the state Capitol to hear from Wilder School economic policy experts, industry representatives and top public officials to examine key issues facing the commonwealth’s changing economy.

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Wilder School Dean John Accordino, Ph.D. with (from left), Hayley Cleary, Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Excellence in Scholarship; Shajuana Isom-Payne, director of student success, Professionalism Award; Susan Gooden, Ph.D., Public Administration, Excellence in Mentoring; and Maureen Moslow-Benway, HSEP. Not pictured, Mark Christie, Public Policy and Administration, Distinguished Adjunct award.
News / April 5, 2017

2017 Faculty Recognition Awards

Five Wilder School faculty have been honored for their outstanding work and commitment to students.

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News / April 4, 2017

Plan-Off to be Held April 21

The sixth annual Plan-Off will take place on Friday, April 21, with students in the Wilder School’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program presenting their ideas for a better community.

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Pavneet Kaur, a second-year student in the Wilder School’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, will intern this summer at Esri.
News / March 30, 2017

M.U.R.P. Student Lands Prestigious Internship

Pavneet Kaur, a second-year student in the Wilder School’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, is the recipient of a competitive summer internship at a leading international producer of mapping and spatial analytic software.

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Grant Rissler receives his award from Peter Wallenstein, professor of history at Virginia Tech.
News / March 28, 2017

Rissler Receives Award for Paper

The Virginia Social Science Association has honored Grant Rissler, a doctoral candidate in Public Policy and Administration program at the Wilder School

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The panel consisted of, from left, Alexandra Reckendorf; Meghan Gough; Jack Trammell; Governor L. Douglas Wilder; Dean John Accordino; and Robert Holsworth.
News / March 24, 2017

Watch the Town Hall Video Online

The Wilder School’s Town Hall—"Popular Politics, Populism and Donald Trump: Who Are ‘We the People’?"—drew a full crowd to Grace Street Theater on March 22 and generated two hours of robust, insightful discussion between the panelists and audience.

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Wilder School Dean John Accordino with Stephen Guyton Jr. (left) and Sombo Chunda.
News / March 23, 2017

Board of Visitors Meets Outstanding Wilder School Students

Two outstanding Wilder School students were introduced to the VCU Board of Visitors at a special reception this week.

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The Wilder School boasted a delegation of more than 20 faculty,students and alumni at the 2017 American Society for Public Administration Conference (ASPA) in Atlanta, Ga. March 16-21.
News / March 23, 2017

Faculty, Students Well Represented at National Conference

The Wilder School boasted an impressive contingent at the 2017 American Society for Public Administration Conference (ASPA), with Professor Susan Gooden, Ph.D. presiding as the association's 75th president and 16 faculty, student and alumni presentations.

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ASPA President and Professor of Public Administration Susan Gooden, Ph.D.
News / March 13, 2017

Wilder School Takes Center Stage at ASPA Conference

Nearly 1,300 scholars and practitioners from across the nation will gather in Atlanta for the 2017 American Society of Public Administration Conference this week, and the Wilder School will have a towering presence at the country’s preeminent conference for public management.

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Susan Gooden
News / March 7, 2017

Gooden Receives Research Award

Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., professor of public administration and policy at the Wilder School, has received a $50,000 presidential research award from the Russell Sage Foundation

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Wilder School students and VCU women’s basketball players Isis Thorpe (left) and Ashley Pegram volunteered in state Sen. Ryan McDougle's office during the recent General Assembly session.
News / March 3, 2017

Wilder School Students Learn Legislative Lessons

During the recent General Assembly, Wilder School students and VCU women’s basketball players Ashley Pegram and Isis Thorpe learned first-hand the similarities between hoops and politics.

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John Accordio, Ph.D., Wilder School dean and director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA)
News / February 28, 2017

John Accordino Named Dean of the Wilder School

After a rigorous national search, Virginia Commonwealth University has named John Accordino, Ph.D., as dean of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, effective March 1.

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News / February 22, 2017

Wilder School to Host Town Hall on March 22, "Popular Politics, Populism and Donald Trump: Who Are ‘We the People’?"

Join the Wilder School at a town hall on Wednesday, March 22, at the Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace St., from 7–9 p.m. The town hall--Popular Politics, Populism and Donald Trump: Who Are ‘We the People’?-- will offer a community conversation about today’s political climate, leadership, the nation’s changing electorate and how citizens can get involved.

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News / February 16, 2017

City Partnering with Wilder School for Performance Review

The Wilder School will be assisting with the comprehensive performance review of all agencies in Richmond City Hall, which Mayor Levar M. Stoney has cited as his top priority among the initiatives of his first 100 days.

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News / February 16, 2017

Wilder School Students Receive Black History in the Making Award

Five Wilder School students were among those who received the annual Black History in the Making award at a ceremony on Wed., Feb. 15, hosted on by the Department of African American Studies.

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Maureen Moslow-Benway at Waterton National Park in Alberta,Canada. Second: President Ronald Reagan and Moslow-Benway in graduation ceremony for the 1984 class of the United States Air Force Academy. Third: The Benway family: (left to right) Connor, Robert, Maureen and Mikaela. Fourth: The Benway family during a surf break: (left to right) Mikaela, Connor, Maureen and Robert.
Wilder School Spotlight / February 15, 2017

Meet Maureen Moslow-Benway

Maureen Moslow-Benway joined the Wilder School faculty in 2007, following a storied 20-year intelligence career that included roles as as a special agent in the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) and as a national security consultant and manager for Booz Allen Hamilton. In her spare time, she's an extreme athlete with a record of more than 100 competitive races.

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News / February 13, 2017

Criminal Justice Lecture to Present Terrance Hake of “Operation Greylord” on Feb. 28

The Wilder School’s Criminal Justice program will present, “Putting Corruption Out of Business: An Insider’s View of Operation Greylord,” featuring Terrance Hake on Tues., Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the VCU Student Commons, Richmond Salons III-IV.

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Eta Lambda Sigma First Responders Banquet
News / February 6, 2017

Eta Lambda Sigma Offers Students Tips, Trips and Tours

The Wilder School’s chapter of Eta Lambda Sigma, the nation’s first professional homeland security and emergency management fraternity, has had a busy winter.

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News / January 30, 2017

VCU terrorism expert: Trump’s travel ban hands ISIL a powerful recruiting tool

William Pelfrey, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of homeland security and emergency preparedness comments on President Trump's executive order on Friday.

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Photo credit: Tom Woodward
News / January 26, 2017

2016-17 Commonwealth Education Poll: Higher Ed

In the latest Commonwealth Education Poll, a majority of respondents say Virginia colleges and universities are doing a good job providing students with skills to succeed in the workplace and beyond.

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News / January 24, 2017

2016-17 Commonwealth Education Poll: K-12

As the General Assembly makes critical decisions about education policy in the state, a recent poll by the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute shows that Virginians from all geographic regions overwhelmingly support the redesign of Virginia’s high schools.

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News / January 17, 2017

2017 Public Policy Poll: Public Safety, Substance Use and Mental Health

The recent 2017 Public Policy Poll: Public Safety, Substance Use and Mental Health—conducted by the Center for Public Policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University—found strong support for providing treatment to opioid users.

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News / January 12, 2017

2017 Public Policy Poll: Economic Development and Workforce Training

The 2017 Public Policy Poll: Economic Development and Workforce Training—conducted by the Center for Public Policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University—found strong support for continued funding for workforce training and development.

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News / January 10, 2017

New report details VCU’s economic and cultural impact

Virginia Commonwealth University generates nearly $6 billion in economic activity and supports 63,000 jobs in Virginia, according to a new report by the Wilder School’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis that examines VCU’s economic and cultural impact.

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News / December 16, 2016

Wilder Student, Alum Chosen as ASPA Founders' Fellows

Yali Pang, a doctoral candidate at the Wilder School, and Javon Davis, who graduated in May with a Master of Public Administration, are among 25 students and new professionals nationally who have been selected as 2017 Founders’ Fellows by the American Society for Public Administration.

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(Top) Sombo Chunda.
(Middle) Zambian Minister of Higher Education, Nkandu Luo and Wilder School Professor and President of the American Society of Public Administration, Susan Gooden, Ph.D.(center) present Chunda with the Young Public Service Leader Award on Dec. 5.

(Bottom) Chunda with husband Emmanuel and daughters, Waluse and Wana.
News / December 15, 2016

Wilder Student Receives Top Zambia Prize

Sombo Chunda, a first-year master’s student and champion for financial management and private sector accountability, has been awarded Zambia’s highest prize for civil service. Chunda received the award for an innovative collaboration between the mining sector, the Zambian government and 16 civil society organizations operating within the nation’s Copperbelt.

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News / December 13, 2016

Brubaker, Cleary Receive Grant

Two Wilder School Criminal Justice faculty members have received a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to examine perceptions of safety and levels of engagement among staff and residents in state juvenile correctional centers under a new community treatment model.

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Felix Sarfo-Kantanka Jr.
News / December 6, 2016

Wilder School Alumnus to Address Graduation

Felix Sarfo-Kantanka Jr., Virginia’s deputy secretary of administration who earned his master’s in public administration in 2001 from the Wilder School, will deliver the graduation address on Saturday.

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News / February 15, 2017

Graduate Information Session on March 10

The Wilder School will host an information session about our graduate programs on Friday, March 10, in the VCU Student Commons.

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News / November 11, 2016

GEHLI to host minority impact analysis talks

On November 18, members of the 2016 Class of the Minority Political Leadership Institute (MPLI) will offer a series of presentations on legislation affecting minority communities in Virginia.

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Grant Rissler
Wilder School Spotlight / November 11, 2016

Meet Grant Rissler

With more than 17 years of service working with and on behalf of vulnerable communities, Grant Rissler, a doctoral candidate in public policy and administration at the Wilder School, is giving back through a life of consequence.

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News / November 3, 2016

Faculty, doctoral students receive NECoPA best paper award

Youth development programs provide a support system on which underserved adolescents can rely on and facilitate successful transition to adulthood, but what works? An award-winning study authored by four researchers at the Wilder School offers one strategy.

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News / November 2, 2016

Wilder School Announces 2016 EVGA Honorees

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University will honor individuals and organizations who have made noteworthy contributions to the practice of government and the betterment of the state on Wed., Nov. 30.

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News / October 11, 2016

2016 Metro Poll Looks at Race Relations and Police in Richmond Area

The Wilder School's Center for Public Policy has released the results of a poll conducted in the spring that found that a majority of Richmond-area residents saw race relations in the U.S. as a major problem and that race relations have grown worse over the past five years.

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The VCU Silent Witness Exhibit, open October 10-14, is a joint initiative to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence and encourage action to create change.
News / October 7, 2016

Domestic Violence Exhibit Visits VCU Oct. 10-14

To help educate students and community members about the scourge of domestic violence—a crime that accounted for at least a third of domestic female homicides in 2014—Amy Cook,Ph.D., an assistant professor at the VCU Wilder School is organizing an exhibit to make it real.

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Lucky Turner poses with fellow 2016 LGBT Burnside Watstein Award recipients. From left: Lucky Turner, Brenda Kriegel, Walter Foery, Frances Stewart, Attalah Shabazz, Sharon Talarico and Jane Firer. Turner was the only student to receive the award this year.
News / October 5, 2016

Student Honored with VCU’s 2016 LGBT Burnside Watstein Award

Tolliver 'Lucky' Turner, a senior majoring in criminal justice, was recently honored with the 2016 Burnside Watstein Award for his contributions to VCU’s LGBTQIA community.

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Members of the Class of 2016 VCU Leadership Development Program gather for a team-building exercise.
News / October 4, 2016

Faculty and staff to offer campus solutions

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 6 as GEHLI presents the VCU Leadership Development Class of 2016. Experience five thought-provoking presentations and countless engaging ideas - all in one day!

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News / September 28, 2016

Wilder Symposium to be held Monday, October 17

This fall’s Wilder Symposium on Race and American Society will examine the legacies of the landmark Kerner Commission report to then-President Lyndon B. Johnson following the riots in 1967, and what they mean for race and ethnic relations in the United States today in an open, frank and full discussion.

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Wilder Graduate Scholars’ Fellows gather with Governor L. Douglas Wilder (seated, left) and Interim Dean, John Accordino, Ph.D., (seated,right) at Ginter House on Sept. 8. Fellows (standing, from left to right): Lara Mclellan, Ibrahim Keita, Joseph Costello, Lashelle Johnson, Alexandra Stewart, Nathan Manning and Theresa Varnier.
News / September 21, 2016

Wilder School Announces 11th Class of Wilder Graduate Scholars’ Fellowship

The Wilder School is pleased to announce the selection of seven Wilder Graduate Scholars' Fellows for the 2016-17 academic year.

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Paula Gulak, center, with daughter, Misha, and son, Loren. (Bottom) Morton B. Gulak, Ph.D.
Wilder School Spotlight / September 21, 2016

Meet Paula Gulak

Paula Gulak and her family honor her late husband, Morton B. Gulak, Ph.D., through a lecture series that continues the legacy of the longtime professor who helped found the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program.

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News / September 20, 2016

Career Services to Offer Personal Branding Event

Join the Office of Career Services on Fri., Sept. 30, for “Building Your Brand,” a unique program designed for Wilder students.

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News / September 20, 2016

Wilder School Presents Get in Gear Employer Series

Gain hands-on experience from an internationally recognized police department. Join the VCU Police Department on Sept. 27, for the first installment of Get in Gear, a series of sessions designed to foster relationships between Wilder students and prospective employers.

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Library Exhibits Wilder School Planning Posters
News / September 16, 2016

Library Exhibits Wilder School Planning Posters

October is National Community Planning Month, and the Wilder School is pleased to share work by students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program in a special exhibit on the first floor of Cabell Library.

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Academy recruit Taylor Lisco demonstrates how to correctly apply pressure to a wrist on a fellow recruit in order to takedown an offender during a defensive tactics course on July 13 at the Henrico County Training Center.
News / August 4, 2016

Training for a Purpose: Student Basic Jailor Academy

Unique university-community collaboration allows Wilder School students to earn college credit and work part-time as certified correctional deputies in Henrico County jails.

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Former Virginia Capital Semester student Julia Carney with Del. Vivian E. Watts.
News / September 15, 2016

OSS to host two info sessions for legislative internship

The Office of Student Success will host two information sessions for the Virginia Capital Semester program Sept. 22-23. Join us!

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Chernoh Wurie, Ph.D.
Wilder School Spotlight / August 25, 2016

Meet Chernoh Wurie

Chernoh Wurie, Ph.D., was 16 when rebel bandits entered his home in Sierra Leone and held his family at gunpoint. That incident fueled a career in policing that would eventually lead to the classroom.

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(Top) VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., discusses the report. (Middle) John Accordino, Ph.D., (right) greets Todd Haymore, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. (Bottom) Barry Matherly, Todd Haymore, Renee Chapline, Michael Rao, Ph.D, Nick Klym, John Accordino, Ph.D., and Greg Wingfield at the event.
News / September 9, 2016

Wilder School's CURA Leads Exports Effort

After nearly two years of work, the long-awaited Metro Richmond Exports Initiative has been released.

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Sara Zewde is a designer at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol.
News / September 7, 2016

Sara Zewde to Deliver Gulak Lecture on Oct. 26

Sara Zewde, a leading expert in landscape architecture and design, will deliver this year’s Morton B. Gulak Lecture in Urban and Regional Planning on Wed., Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in the University Student Commons.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / August 25, 2016

Wilder School’s M.P.A. Program Receives Award

The Wilder School’s Master of Public Administration program will receive the Social Equity Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration at its annual conference in October.

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Wilder School students helped create plans for revitalizing the waterfront in Messina, Italy.
News / August 24, 2016

From Richmond to Italy: Planning Across Cultures

Wilder School students took their studies about urban revitalization from the James River region to the Straits of Messina during a study-abroad program this summer.

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Students stroll along the VCU Compass.
News / August 19, 2016

Wilder School to Host Welcome Week Events

The Wilder School will host two events for current and incoming students on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

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Skyline view of the City of Richmond.
News / August 15, 2016

Metro Richmond Export Initiative to be Unveiled Sept. 8

The Metropolitan Richmond Export Initiative will be unveiled on Thurs., Sept. 8, in Chesterfield County.

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Christina Mancini, Ph.D., associate professor, criminal justice graduate coordinator
News / August 3, 2016

Mancini to Moderate Webinar on Title IX and Campus Sexual Assault

Christina Mancini, Ph.D., associate professor of Criminal Justice, will moderate a free webinar that will analyze the problem of sexual assault on college and university campuses on Thurs., Aug. 25, at 2 p.m.

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Michael Perkins
News / July 28, 2016

Perkins Recognized at International Workshop

Michael Perkins, a Wilder School doctoral candidate in public policy and administration, received an honorable mention for Best Presentation Award at the Fifth Annual International Young Scholars Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Wilder School alumna Dietra Trent, Ph.D.
News / July 28, 2016

Trent Named Virginia Secretary of Education

Wilder School alumna Dietra Trent (M.P.A. ’95/Ph.D. ’07) has been appointed Virginia’s newest Secretary of Education.

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Keith Ready
News / July 28, 2016

Wilder School Mourns Keith Ready

Keith Ready, Ph.D, dedicated almost four decades of his life to teaching and mentoring students.

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James Smither, instructor of Urban and Regional Studies/Planning
Faculty News / July 27, 2016

Smither Receives Outstanding Teaching Award

James Smither, an instructor in the Wilder School’s Urban and Regional Studies/Planning program, is honored by the Virginia chapter of the American Planning Association.

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Anthony Romanello
News / July 11, 2016

Alumnus to Assume New Administrative Post in Henrico

Anthony Romanello (M.P.A.’93) has been named deputy county manager for administration Henrico County.

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Jay Albanese, Ph.D. and Susan Gooden, Ph.D.
Faculty News / July 11, 2016

Albanese, Gooden to Receive University’s Top Honor

Two Wilder School professors—Jay Albanese, Ph.D., and Susan Gooden, Ph.D.,—have been selected as recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Faculty Awards, the campus’ most prestigious honor for teaching faculty.

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Danielle Shutt celebrates with a smile following the completion of the Tough Mudder Obstacle Course on June 11.
Wilder School Spotlight / July 8, 2016

Meet Danielle Shutt

When Danielle Shutt, a Lynchburg-born poet, artist and competitive runner, is not preparing for her next marathon or crafting her first manuscript, she is hard at work at Virginia Commonwealth University—where she spends her days as a fiscal officer for the Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy (CPP).

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Christina Mancini, Ph.D., associate professor, criminal justice graduate coordinator
Faculty News / July 7, 2016

Mancini Offers Title IX Expertise

Christina Mancini, Ph.D., in a recent article discussed a $2.48 million payout to end a sexual assault lawsuit against the University of Tennessee

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Blue Wooldridge, DPA, professor
Faculty News / June 30, 2016

Blue Wooldridge Presents on Development in Africa

Blue Wooldridge, DPA, professor of public administration, spoke at the Consortium of International Management Policy and Development annual meeting and conference.

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John Accordio, Ph.D., Wilder School dean and director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA)
News / July 7, 2016

John Accordino to Become Interim Dean

John Accordino, Ph.D., FAICP, director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA), will become the interim dean of the Wilder School effective Friday, July 1.

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Greg Wingfield, Senior Fellow, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis
Faculty News / June 28, 2016

RTD Honors Greg Wingfield

Greg Wingfield, senior fellow at the Center for Regional and Urban Analysis, is recognized for his contributions to Richmond.

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Wilder School students Brandon Hatcher and Cainan Townsend, participants in the 2016 Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program, gather on the steps of the Virginia Capitol on June 16.
News / June 27, 2016

Hatcher, Townsend Receive Prestigious Governor’s Fellowship

Wilder School students Brandon Hatcher and Cainan Townsend have been tapped for the Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program, a prestigious internship that pairs students with top state officials.

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Mo Alie-Cox signs his #12 on a shirt.
News / June 23, 2016

Hoops for Hope: Mo Alie-Cox and Torey Burston Bring Inspiration to Inmates and Their Sons

Wilder School students Mo Alie-Cox and Torey Burston shared their basketball skills and a message of hope with fathers and sons at the Richmond jail.

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Niraj Verma, Ph.D., Wilder School dean and Washington Mandela fellow Patience Coleman from Liberia.
News / June 21, 2016

Wilder School Cohosts Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

For the second consecutive year, the Wilder School is cohosting the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

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Headshot of Hayley, Cleary Ph.D.
Faculty News / June 16, 2016

Cleary Receives PerQ Award

Hayley Cleary, Ph.D., assistant professor of Criminal Justice, has received a grant from the VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund.

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Susan Gooden, Shantaram Talegaonkar, Keith Parker
News / June 14, 2016

Gooden Among Gubernatorial Appointments

Susan Gooden, Ph.D., is among recent gubernatorial appointments with ties to the Wilder School.

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Headshot of Shajuana Isom-Payne.
Faculty News / June 2, 2016

Shajuana Isom-Payne Coauthors Book Chapter, Makes Presentation

Shajuana Isom-Payne, director of student success, has coauthored a chapter, “Constructivist approaches to counseling children,” with D.M. Gibson that appears in the book, “Counseling children and adolescents: Connecting theory, development and diversity.”

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Christina Mancini, Ph.D., associate professor, criminal justice graduate coordinator
Faculty News / June 1, 2016

Christina Mancini Coauthors Article, Quoted

Christina Mancini, Ph.D., associate professor of Criminal Justice, recently coauthored an article, “Mandatory Reporting (MR) in Higher Education/College Students’ Perceptions of Laws Designed to Reduce Campus Sexual Assault,” in Criminal Justice Review.

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Headshot of Trisha Rhodes, Ph.D.
Faculty News / May 19, 2016

Trisha Rhodes Gives Presentation

Trisha Rhodes, Ph.D, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, gave a presentation about "Policing in Schools: Culture at a Crossroads" at the Inaugural Education Law and Policy Symposium on May 17, which was cosponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the VCU School of Education. She discussed research on how police officers transition into school settings, and how findings from this work show promise for the success of SRO programs.

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Headshot of Blue Wooldridge, Ph.D.
Faculty News / May 17, 2016

Blue Wooldridge Participates in Two Events

Blue Wooldridge, D.P.A., professor of public administration, convened a meeting on May 13 of the Standing Panel of Social Equity, which he chairs, at the National Academy of Public Administration on the topic, "Promoting Society Equity Using Evidence-Based Practices."

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Headshot of Henry Brownstein, Ph.D.
Faculty News / May 15, 2016

Henry Brownstein Coauthors Chapter in Publication

An chapter co-authored by Henry Brownstein, Ph.D., associate dean for research and director of the Center for Public Policy, was included in a new publication that was recently released. "Drug Production in Rural Context," coauthored with Ralph A. Weisheit, appeared in The Routledge International Handbook of Rural Criminology, edited by Joseph F. Donnermeyer.

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Headshot of Amy Cook, Ph.D.
Faculty News / May 12, 2016

Amy Cook Offers Expertise on Gangs

Amy Cook, Ph.D., assistant professor of Criminal Justice, was interviewed by WTVR-TV on May 11 for a story about three alleged gang members who were arrested in Chesterfield County for allegedly recruiting children. Cook, who used to work in the juvenile justice system, said gang participation often leads to criminal behavior.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / June 20, 2016

Wilder School Launches New Website

We’ve redesigned our website, completely overhauling its look and feel. Bold, bright colors and an open design help tell our story clearly.

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Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ph.D., director of the Wilder Schools doctoral program (second from right), enjoys graduation with Katherine Hall, Jose Alcaine and LeQuan Hylton.
News / June 3, 2016

Wilder School Ph.D. Profiles

Meet the three Wilder School May graduates who received their doctoral degrees: Jose Alcaine, Katherine Hall and LeQuan Hylton.

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Luanda Fiscella
Wilder School Spotlight / May 31, 2016

Meet Luanda Fiscella

Luanda Fiscella, 30, took more than a gap year before college; she took a decade.

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Wilder School Spotlight / August 19, 2015

Meet Richard Huff

Richard Huff, Ph.D., sees public administration in action all around him.

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Wilder School Spotlight / August 28, 2015

Meet Nick Garcia

Nick Garcia is a senior academic adviser in the Undergraduate Advising Office of the VCU Wilder School.

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Robyn McDougle
Wilder School Spotlight / September 8, 2015

Meet Robyn McDougle

Robyn McDougle is the faculty director of the university’s first Office of Public Policy Outreach.

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Wilder School Spotlight / September 23, 2015

Meet Simon Okoth

Simon Okoth is the recently appointed director of graduate studies at the VCU Wilder School.

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Wilder School Spotlight / October 2, 2015

Meet Meghan Gough

Meghan Gough is an associate professor and chair of the urban and regional planning program at the VCU Wilder School.

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Wilder School Spotlight / October 12, 2015

Meet Jim Keck

Jim Keck, a veteran who was lured away from retirement by the Wilder School in 2009, has more than three decades of senior administrative experience.

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Wilder School Spotlight / November 3, 2015

Meet Greg Wingfield

Before he was a titan of economic development, Greg Wingfield (B.S., ’74, MURP, ’76) was something else—a VCU student with boundless potential.

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Photo of William Pelfrey, Jr., Ph.D.
News / May 12, 2016

Pelfrey to be a Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute

William V. Pelfrey Jr., Ph.D., chair of the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program and associate professor, has been named a Visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Germany.

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Wilder School Spotlight / November 12, 2015

Meet Jim Williams

Jim Williams, chief of the Staunton Police Department, is entering his 31st year in law enforcement.

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Wilder School Spotlight / November 19, 2015

Meet Bonnie Gail Mani, Ph.D

When Bonnie Gail Mani initially enrolled in Virginia Commonwealth University in the 1970s, she was pursuing a Master of Music degree with the intent to teach at the college level.

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Wilder School Spotlight / December 7, 2015

Meet Mo Alie-Cox

It would be impressive for any college student to earn his undergraduate degree in just three years. But for Mo Alie-Cox, graduating in three years is downright masterful.

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Wilder School Spotlight / December 17, 2015

Meet Lindsey Evans

When Lindsey Evans learned of the work in social equity that faculty members at VCU were engaged in, she knew that the Wilder School would be a good fit for her.

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Wilder School Spotlight / January 12, 2016

Meet Tina Braden

If you work at the Wilder School, you know Tina Braden. The Wilder School’s personnel administrator and building manager, she handles everything from payroll to preparing a new employee to start work to overseeing the maintenance of the school’s seven buildings.

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Brian J. Moran
News / May 10, 2016

Moran to Speak at Wilder School Graduation

Brian J. Moran, Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, will deliver the commencement address at the Wilder School’s graduation ceremony this Saturday.

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Shajuana Isom-Payne
Wilder School Spotlight / February 8, 2016

Meet Shajuana Isom-Payne

Shajuana Isom-Payne, director of student success at the VCU Wilder School, has a message for students: It’s a new brand world. »

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Jim Smither
Wilder School Spotlight / February 25, 2016

Meet Jim Smither

As an instructor in the Wilder School’s Urban and Regional Studies/Planning program, Jim Smither blends his skills as a fine artist, landscape architect, urban planner and urban designer to teach the broad principles of illustration and design in the study of place.

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Jill Gordon
Wilder School Spotlight / March 1, 2016

Meet Jill Gordon

In January, Jill Gordon, a twenty-year veteran of the university, became the new associate dean for faculty and academic affairs. Gordon is responsible for supporting a range of activities that support teaching including professional development, promotion and tenure processes, faculty and student awards. »

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Wilder School Interim Dean Susan Gooden, Ph.D. (center). VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. and EVGA Committee Chair and VCU Board of Visitors member Robert Holsworth, Ph.D., with 2019 EVGA honorees. Back row, left to right: Joseph Walters; Deputy Director of Administration, VA Department of Corrections, Manuel Alvarez; Chairman, Goochland County Board of Supervisors, Gloria Turner; Chairman, Goochl
News / April 12, 2019

2019 Excellence in Virginia Government Honorees Celebrated

More than 250 of the most distinguished voices in Commonwealth governance gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the recipients of the 2019 Excellence in Virginia Government Awards on April 11. The awards, which recognized the achievements of 10 organizations, non-profits, public-private partnerships and individuals who have made significant contributions to Commonwealth communities, was hosted by the VCU Wilder School.

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Blythe A. Bowman
Wilder School Spotlight / March 22, 2016

Blythe A. Bowman

Dr. Blythe A. Bowman’s intellectual journey brought her to the crossroads of classics and criminal justice.

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Susan ‘Su’ Williams
Wilder School Spotlight / April 13, 2016

Susan ‘Su’ Williams

If you don’t know Su Williams, then you haven’t met the maestro. For nearly a decade, Williams has served as the senior fiscal manager at the Wilder School where her work touches nearly every aspect of the school’s academic ensemble.

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Sun Melissa Jun
Wilder School Spotlight / May 23, 2016

Meet Sun Melissa Jun

Sun Melissa Jun lives by the words she spoke at the Wilder School’s spring graduation: “Passion and enthusiasm really can bring a person far in life.”

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Four Wilder School Faculty Members Receive Promotions
News / May 26, 2016

Four Wilder School Faculty Members Receive Promotions

The Board of Visitors has approved the promotion or tenure for four Wilder School faculty members:

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News / March 12, 2019

Wilder School Soars to No. 39 in Latest U.S. News & World Report

The Wilder School ranks among the top 40 of the nation's best graduate public affairs programs—moving up five places to No. 39 in the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings.

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Alex Kuttesch
News / May 9, 2016

MURP Student Receives NOAA Fellowship

Alex Kuttesch, a graduating student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, has been named a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Management Fellow.

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Laura Howell accepts congratulations from Meghan Gough, Ph.D., chair of the Urban and Regional Studies/Planning program, in front of her project poster.
News / April 29, 2016

MURP Students Offer Real Solutions to Real Challenges

Laura Howell, a student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, won this year’s Plan-Off! competition for her proposal about promoting heritage tourism in Henrico County.

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Axana Soltan
Wilder School Spotlight / April 30, 2016

Meet Axana Soltan

Axana Soltan, a Criminal Justice major, wants to be a lawyer and give a voice to the voiceless. The Honors College student, a native of Afghanistan, has a 3.9 GPA. She is truly a global citizen—besides English, she’s fluent in Dari-Persian and Russian and has a basic command of Spanish.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
Faculty News / April 15, 2016

Susan Gooden Selected to Serve on Panel

Susan Gooden, Ph.D., professor of public administration and policy, has been selected to serve on a National Academy of Public Administration panel for the academy’s study for the Indian Health Service to develop a strategic plan for the Urban Indian Health Program.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / April 23, 2015

Cybersecurity symposium

The Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy (CPP) will host “A CPP Symposium on Cyber-threats and Security” on Thursday, April 23. The event will be held at the Academic Learning Commons located at 1000 Floyd Avenue at 8:00 a.m.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / May 6, 2015

Plan off! 2015

Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School will host the fourth annual “VCU Plan-Off!!,” a unique twist on May Madness on Wednesday, May 6.

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Participants in the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows program gather for a photo on the steps of the Virginia Executive Mansion on June 30.
News / July 6, 2015

The Wilder School is cohosting 25 Mandela Washington Fellows who represent a cross-section of Africa

VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, in partnership with the Global Education Office, is hosting 25 civic leaders this summer who are here through the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / July 8, 2015

CURA@VCU Partners with Urban Land Institute

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs is partnering with the Urban Land Institute’s local chapter to provide a comprehensive look at development in the region.

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News / July 28, 2015

Alumna hones skills in local jails

Last summer, Ayad joined the ranks of more than 100 emerging law enforcement professionals who have participated in the Student Basic Jailer Academy, a unique program designed to provide students with a meaningful experiential opportunity within Henrico County’s Department of Corrections.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / August 14, 2015

Eleventh Annual Excellence in Virginia Government Awards

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University has extended the nominations deadline for the 11th annual Excellence in Virginia Government Awards (EVGA) to Fri., Aug. 14.

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News / August 31, 2015

MURP Student Honored as “Big Picture Thinker”

A second-year student in the Wilder School’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program, Busching wants to find a solution to keeping rural areas economically vibrant and viable.

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News / September 21, 2015

Two Wilder School faculty receive $400,000 grant to study public corruption

Two Criminal Justice faculty members at Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs have received a $400,000 federal research grant to study public corruption.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / September 28, 2015

Bicycle Urbanism Symposium II

Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs will host Bicycle Urbanism Symposium II, September 28-29.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / September 28, 2015

Two wheels, two days: Wilder School to host international cycling symposium

With less than 60 days to the UCI Road World Championships in September, Damian Pitt, an assistant professor of urban and regional studies at the VCU Wilder School, says all eyes are on Richmond.

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News / September 30, 2015

Manhattan Institute Awards Research Grant to Susan Gooden

Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., professor of public administration and policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, has received a research grant of $364,196 to conduct an evaluation of the life outcomes of participants in nonprofit organizations focused on engaging disadvantaged youth from poor and minority communities.

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News / October 8, 2015

Thadani selected to present third annual Gulak lecture.

Dhiru A. Thadani, AIA, award-winning consultant, architect, urbanist and educator, will present the third annual Morton B. Gulak Urban and Regional Planning Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 8.

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News / October 12, 2015

Students bring awareness to domestic violence through exhibit

To help bring visibility and awareness to the issue of domestic violence–a crime that constituted nearly 36 percent of all Virginia homicides in 2013 and affects an estimated 12 million Americans annually–students from one class are collaborating with VCU Libraries and the Wellness Resource Center to present a traveling memorial.

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News / October 12, 2015

Dr. Bonnie Gail Mani to speak at VCU

Bonnie Gail Mani, Ph.D., the VCU Wilder School’s first female doctoral graduate and professor of political science at East Carolina University, will share lessons and best practices for a career in academia on Mon., Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. in the Forum Room on the first floor of the VCU Student Commons.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / October 21, 2015

Greater Richmond Exports Initiative: Research Results Briefing

Exports present a tremendous growth opportunity and should be a larger part of the Richmond region’s economic development efforts, according to research conducted by the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Greater Richmond Partnership.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / October 29, 2015

Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Action

Join the Wilder School’s Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program and the Center for Public Policy for a day-long symposium on Thurs., Oct. 29, that will focus on three high-profile issues.

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News / November 9, 2015

Alumni Star: Keith T. Parker, AICP

Keith T. Parker, a Wilder School MURP graduate, leads the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority and is a nationally recognized leader in the public transit industry.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / December 3, 2015

Jill Gordon to Become Wilder School’s Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs

Jill Gordon, Ph.D., the chair of the Wilder School’s Criminal Justice program since 2011, will become the associate dean for faculty and academic affairs effective January 1.

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2016 Excellence in Virginia Government Awards
News / June 27, 2016

Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Excellence in Virginia Government Awards

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University is accepting nominations for the 12th annual Excellence in Virginia Government Awards.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / February 24, 2016

Four Wilder Students Receive “Black History in the Making Awards”

Each year, members of the Virginia Commonwealth University community cap off the celebrations and remembrances of Black History Month with a special awards ceremony that recognizes the contributions of emerging African-American leaders.

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News / December 14, 2015

New website offers a ‘Metro View’ of Richmond community

A new interactive website developed by the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at Virginia Commonwealth University offers an in-depth look at the metropolitan Richmond area that cuts across the boundaries of local governments.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / January 11, 2016

Dr. Grace Harris, one of the most highly regarded women in higher education, has retired as a distinguished professor of public policy at the leadership institute that bears her name.

Dr. Grace E. Harris, one of the most highly regarded women in higher education, has retired as a distinguished professor of public policy at the leadership institute that bears her name

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News / January 28, 2016

Public supports reforms in juvenile justice, parole, sex offender registry and firearm possession

With the General Assembly in its biannual budget session, many policymakers are focused on public safety reforms as an avenue to not only enhance the equity of the criminal justice system but also to ensure its fiscal efficiency.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / January 29, 2016

GEHLI to host 10th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference

The 10th Annual HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Conference will take place at the Richmond Marriott, on Friday, Jan. 29

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News / February 4, 2016

Public shows strong support for public safety agencies throughout Virginia

A new Virginia Commonwealth University poll shows strong support for law enforcement across Virginia amid heightened public scrutiny of policing nationwide.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / March 1, 2016

Fulbright scholar to lecture on crime in the Caribbean

Richard Bennett, Ph.D., a senior Fulbright Scholar and professor of justice, law and society at American University, will present a lecture on crime and security in the Caribbean at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs next month.

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Plan off! 2016
News / April 29, 2016

Plan-Off 2016! – Real Challenges, Real Solutions

The Wilder School’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) students will face off in the fifth annual Plan-Off on Friday, April 29.

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News / March 6, 2016

Mission Possible: Eta Lamba Sigma Visits Washington

During spring break, Maureen Moslow-Benway, a Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness instructor, accompanied 14 members of Eta Lambda Sigma on a two-day trip to Washington, D.C.

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Richard Verma
News / March 17, 2016

Wilder School to host U.S. Ambassador to India

Richard R. Verma, the United States ambassador to India, will speak on campus Thursday, March 17, as part of the Wilder School’s India Chair in Democracy and Civil Society’s 2016 Ranjit Sen Memorial Lecture.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / March 24, 2016

Center for Public Policy to host symposia in March, April

The Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy will hold a symposium on Thursday, April 14, that will explore terrorism and radicalization in an open society.

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News / April 4, 2016

Wilder School members to receive diversity and inclusion awards

Three outstanding faculty and staff members at the Wilder School will be honored at the university’s 2016 Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME) next month.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / April 8, 2016

Pitt to moderate at clean energy dialogue

Join VCU Wilder School faculty and students for the “VA Power Dialog: A Conversation on Clean Energy,” on Friday, April 8.

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News / April 12, 2016

Gordon, Albanese Recognized As Outstanding Mentors

Two Criminal Justice faculty members received the 2016 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences during its recent conference in Denver.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / April 14, 2016

Center for Public Policy to host symposium April 14

The Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy will hold a symposium on Thursday, April 14, that will explore terrorism and radicalization in an open society.

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News / April 14, 2016

HSEP Students Volunteer at Symposium

Nine students from the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program — six graduate and three undergraduate — assisted at the 2016 Virginia Emergency Management Symposium, held March 29-April 1, the theme of which was “Explore the Possibilities.

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News / April 19, 2016

Airbnb and the Barter Economy: What’s the Future in Virginia?

The barter economy and how Virginia will treat or authorize these types of real estate “businesses” is a hot topic of debate in the General Assembly.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / April 21, 2016

Employer showcase to feature U.S. State Department bureau

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs(IIP) will host a virtual information session on Thursday, April 21.

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David Farmer
News / April 21, 2016

Special journal issue dedicated to David Farmer

An entire issue of the International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior (IJOTB) was recently dedicated to David John Farmer, Ph.D.

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Wilder Students, Faculty Honored for Outstanding Work
News / April 25, 2016

Wilder Students, Faculty Honored for Outstanding Work

Students and faculty at the Wilder School were recently honored for their outstanding work and contributions.

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs news and events
News / April 26, 2016

Showcase to feature National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The NGA, which delivers world-class intelligence to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first responders, will be available to connect with students for career and paid internship opportunities from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Scherer Hall, Room 401.

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Richmond city block from airplane
News / April 26, 2016

CURA Receives Grants from The Community Foundation and Virginia Association of Realtors

The Wilder School’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) has received grants from The Community Foundation and the Virginia Association of Realtors to study the balance of jobs and housing in the Richmond metropolitan area.

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Students join inaugural council
News / April 28, 2016

Students join inaugural council

A select group of individuals will serve on an inaugural council to support the Wilder student experience.

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Foster Parent Training
News / May 3, 2016

Wilder School Cohosts Seminar on Foster Care

The Wilder School is partnering with the Virginia Commission on Youth and the Family Impact Institute at Purdue University to host a seminar focusing on the fostering futures legislation this Tues., May 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the state Capitol in House Room 3.

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Three students to participate in international workshop for public policy and administration scholars
News / May 5, 2016

Three students to participate in international workshop for public policy and administration scholars

The American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) has invited three students from the VCU Wilder School to join the Fifth Annual International Young Scholars Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa this summer.

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2019 Plan-Off artwork created by Wilder faculty member and artist James C. Smither.
News / March 26, 2019

Plan-Off & Pub

Join us on Friday, May 3, as students from the Wilder School’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program present their ideas for a better community in the annual Plan-Off competition.

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Girl Scouts and their troop leaders gather at the Center for Public Policy for Legislative Day on  May 16.
News / May 24, 2019

Center for Public Policy welcomes Girl Scouts for 2019 Legislative Day

The Center for Public Policy (CPP) welcomed more than 60 Girl Scouts and their troop leaders to campus to learn more about the policy-making process as part of their 2019 Legislative Day.

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News / August 1, 2019

More than three in four Virginians see housing affordability as a problem in America today

More than three in four Virginians (78%) see housing affordability as a problem in America today, and almost half (47%) see it as a very serious problem, according to a new statewide poll by the Center for Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

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