Social Equity and Public Service

Named for the nation’s first elected African-American governor, the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University is hosting its first Public Service Weekend. During the conference, students will gain an understanding of social equity in public policy analysis through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and empirical analysis of disparities in areas such as housing, economics, crime, and transportation. In addition, students will be introduced to critical thinking skills, learn about career path options, interact with Wilder School faculty and graduate students, Virginia policymakers, and network with their peers in the program.

Key Activities:

  • Skill-building weekend focused on GIS mapping analysis and social equity.
  • Understanding the public policy decision-making process, including a tour of the Virginia General Assembly, discussions with senior elected officials,
  • On-site examination of equity in emergency preparedness through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, through a discussion of the deadly Charlottesville weekend in 2017 following the “Unite the Right” Rally.
  • Keynote dinner with Governor Wilder, interactions with our world-class faculty, and insightful graduate school discussions with some of our top students.

When: Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16, 2019

Where: Richmond, Virginia

Who should apply?

  • Rising undergraduate sophomores through recent graduates (within 1 year of graduation). All majors with an interest in public service are welcome to apply.
  • Preference will be given to applicants living in Virginia, Maryland, DC, or North Carolina. Applicants from nearby states will also be considered.
  • Traditionally underrepresented students are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Housing and meals will be provided. Applicants are responsible for covering the costs of travel.

Deadline: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 11:59PM EST


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