On April 8-10, 2014, the LBJ Presidential Library hosted a Civil Rights Summit, comprised of afternoon panel discussions followed by evening keynote addresses, reflecting on the seminal nature of the civil rights legislation passed by President Johnson while examining civil rights issues in America and around the world today. The LBJ School of Public Affairs participated in this historic event through watch parties and student town hall meetings, faculty experts in the news, social policy research and through live-tweeting from @TheLBJSchool.
LBJ School students Christie Wright, Lance McNeill and Miha Vindis traveled to Philadelphia to compete in the Fels National Public Policy Challenge. Concerned about the lack of civic participation among their own generation, the team designed an innovative online platform that combines crowdsourcing and “gamification” to better identify, prioritize and tackle local issues.
The USDA's Deputy Chief of Staff for Rural Development Johnie Jones (MPAff '11) has been named one of "30 Thinkers Under 30" by Pacific Standard. In his position, Jones works "to advance the mission of providing our country with healthy food options, ensuring our farmers and ranchers have a safety net in times of natural disaster, and assisting families that struggle to put food on their table or have trouble securing affordable housing. Originally from Hope, Arkansas, Jones is the son of a pastor and the grandson of a mayor (his grandmother, Catherine Thomas, of Tollette, Arkansas). “Public service has been a passion of mine ever since I was born,” he says. “I grew up with it all around me.”