Dr. Ruth Simmons, Former President of Brown University and Smith College, to Deliver 2015 LBJ School Commencement Address
Dr. Ruth Simmons, the first African-American woman to serve as president of an Ivy League institution, assuming the top post at Brown University in 2001, will deliver the formal commencement address to the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs class of 2015, May 23, in the LBJ Auditorium.
This year, Dr. Catherine Weaver and her class of 18 Master of Global Policy Studies students examined an issue at the heart of the international development aid transparency movement: if you invest millions of dollars in building transparent data systems, who will use that data? How, and why?
Living and researching in an area known for poverty, failing infrastructure, favela (slum) communities, and a traditionally high crime rate, Katie Casstevens, recently completed her yearlong research on Community Development in Jardim Ângela, Brazil. During her time there, Casstevens worked on a project with Dr. Peter Spink entitled, “Urban Vulnerabilities and Challenges for Public Action" to examine the relationships between public and private sector entities in the area to determine their effectiveness in addressing systemic issues in the area.
Jason Wible, a Master of Public Affairs student at the LBJ School, alongside friends David Harris and Brian Carver, formed 308 Grace Street, a nonprofit fellowship program, in 2013 as a means to help fund policy students wishing to serve their nation and communities. 308 Grace Street will award a second-year LBJ student a $15,000 fellowship this year.