L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Wilder School Selects inaugural cohort of Public Service Weekend

June 5, 2019

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs today announced the 24-member cohort of its inaugural Public Service Weekend. A partnership between the Public Policy & International Affairs Program and the Network of Schools of Public, Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the program 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 conference which will focus on the theme “Social Equity in Public Policy Analysis.” Highlights of the conference will include a keynote address by Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder, a tour of the Virginia capitol, and meetings with state and local policymakers. Students will also attend professional development workshops and introductory sessions on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) hosted by research faculty from the Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy.

The experience will culminate with participants presenting their own empirical analysis of regional disparities within the Richmond region in areas such as housing, economics, crime and transportation.

The 2019 cohort of the Wilder School Public Service Weekend include:

Lesley Avendano (University of California, Berkeley)

Jeremiah Azurin (Harvard University)

I’yanna Barker (Florida State University)

Zaphyr ‘Imani’ Brooks (Emory University)

Samantha Burns (University of Richmond)

Zach Caplan (University of Maryland)

Zeyu Chen (University of Pennsylvania)

Reese Cogswell (Temple University)

Vegas Curry (Tulane University)

Mayukh Datta (Mississippi State University)

Yara De Souza Almeida (Cornell University)

Alyson Diaz (Duke University)

Shira Greer (University of Richmond)

Nazeer Jeffries (Howard University)

Mya Jeter (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Alyssa Lindsey (Arizona State University)

Louis Lin (University of Pennsylvania)

Jeff Lowe (University of Richmond)

Usman Mahmood (University of Texas at Austin)

Katriel Marks (Purdue University)

Yomna Nassar (University of Maryland, College Park)

Kyle Ross (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Chloe Wagner (George Washington University)

Victor Yau (Princeton University)