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LBJ Students Host Event to Introduce Public Affairs to Underrepresented Students in the Field

AUSTIN, Texas, April 30, 2012 – Members of the LBJ School student organization Public Affairs Alliance for Communities of Color (PAACC), with the sponsorship of the LBJ School Graduate Public Affairs Council (GPAC) and UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, recently held an outreach event on UT’s campus to introduce public affairs to undergraduate students underrepresented in the field.

Over 30 mostly minority and first-generation American students discussed the importance of public affairs and public service with a panel of current LBJ masters degree students at an event titled “Public Affairs: It’s more than you think!”

“I think this event helped to plant the seed of policy school in their heads as they consider their next steps after college,” said PAACC co-chair and dual degree Master of Public Affairs and Latin American Studies student Mayra Marquez. To further encourage the students in attendance to consider continuing their education, PAACC raffled off 20 GRE preparation books.

The PAACC event also promoted the university’s Intellectual Entrepreneurship Program as an opportunity for LBJ School students to serve as mentors for undergraduates interested in public policy. “We’ve already received a few emails from students who attended the panel and would like an LBJ School mentor,” said Marquez.

PAACC's mission is to promote awareness and understanding of policy issues affecting communities of color by initiating dialogue, activities, and programs within the LBJ School community. Through these efforts, PAACC strives to contribute to the education of future policymakers.