Apr 24, 2024

Advancing Innovative Policy in Rural Virginia and Beyond

The Batten School is making significant strides in advancing rural policy and economic development through its inaugural Tadler Fellowship in Impact Investing. This innovative program is not only supporting the White House's Rural Partner Network (RPN) Initiative to strengthen rural economies, but is also working directly with communities in Southwest Virginia to develop solutions for their unique economic and social challenges. 

Apr 18, 2024

Navigating Policy Pathways to Empower Rural Communities

For Jenny Tran (MPP '24), the decision to pursue a summer internship at a Washington, D.C. think tank was a natural extension of her passion for sustainable development policy. As an intern at the Center for American Progress, Jenny had the opportunity to contribute to published research on the Rural Partners Network, a USDA program supporting underserved rural communities in the transition to a greener economy.  As a part of our Student Highlight series we sat down with Jenny to learn more about how her experiences in Washington, D.C. have shaped her future career aspirations.

Richardson and other medalists
Apr 16, 2024

Richardson Celebrated and Colleagues Reunited

Last Friday, the Batten School was honored to celebrate Julieanna L. Richardson, the school’s recipient of the 2024 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership, the highest honor bestowed by the University of Virginia. Richardson is founder and president of The HistoryMakers, the groundbreaking digital archive of Black leaders who helped shape American history.  

Maggie and Brian
Apr 16, 2024

Batten Alumna Wins Prestigious National Public Service Award

Maggie Anderson (MPP ‘18) and Brian Williams, associate professor of public policy at Batten, met during the summer of 2020 when she reached out to him for assistance with the implementation of Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s Task Force on Reimagining Public Safety. Tensions were at a breaking point in the city following the murder of George Floyd. The mayor had entrusted Anderson with the creation of this initiative, with the goal of building reform and trust with the community. Williams believes the job was placed in the most capable of hands.    

Amelia Walker
Apr 12, 2024

Batten Student Spotlight: Amelia Walker (BA '24)

It’s springtime and we students know what that means… the hunt is on for jobs and internships. For Batten students, each with their own policy interests and passions, there are so many incredible opportunities to explore and pursue within the realm of public service, policymaking, and advocacy. As a part of our Student Highlight series, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Amelia Walker, (BA ‘24) to discuss her experience working last summer for the Virginia Department of State Police as a Policy Research Analyst. 

Apr 11, 2024

Discovering What Problems Need Answers, and Acting on Them

Jordan Matsudaira recalls watching his mother work as a middle school teacher in Ithaca, New York, experiencing her work and hearing her talk about her days. Piquing an early curiosity in education, his interest expanded in college to improving outcomes for those in lower-income communities and led to a lifelong focus on related issues including his service as deputy under secretary and the inaugural chief economist for the U.S. Department of Education.

Dobson and Williams
Apr 04, 2024

Batten Professors Focus on Community Well-Being

About 50 people from across the state and beyond and from all walks of life were invited by Batten professors Kyle Dobson and Brian Williams to a daylong workshop to share, listen and learn with each other as they envisioned the steps needed to enhance safety and health in troubled communities.  

Garrett Hall at Sunset

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