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The Batten School and UVA’s Applied Research Institute announced that the Honorable George W. Foresman will join the Batten School’s National Security Policy Center (NSPC) as a senior advisor. In this new role, Foresman will support U.S. national security leadership and engagement activities. Foresman’s hiring is part of larger partnership between the Batten School and ARI to elevate UVA as a leader in national security education, research, and outreach.
Nov. 2, 2018
The University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the UVA Center for Politics today announced a new Batten School undergraduate course that will be taught by Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato and Center for Politics Chief of Staff Ken Stroupe this spring. The course, titled “Lessons in Leadership: JFK and the Most Personal Office,” is the first-ever Batten School course to be taught by Sabato and will introduce students to the history, politics, and leadership legacy of John F. Kennedy.
Oct. 30, 2018
On Friday, Oct. 26, Batten’s Office of Student Services hosted the annual undergraduate leadership retreat at the Boar's Head Resort. During the retreat, Batten students majoring in public policy and leadership sharpened their culinary skills during an Iron Chef cooking competition and learned about the pitfalls of the foster care system with their keynote speaker, Sixto Cancel.
Oct. 29, 2018
During Global Week at UVA, it was only fitting that a diplomat made a cameo in the Dome Room of the Rotunda. Earlier this week the Batten School, together with the Center for Politics and the International Residential College, hosted Italian Ambassador to the U.S. Armando Varricchio as part of “Democracy in Perilous Times: Unprecedented Challenges and Controversies,” an ongoing program series organized by the Center for Politics and Batten for the 2018-19 academic year.
Oct. 26, 2018
Professor Gelsdorf was selected to support the United States Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and Grand Challenges Canada in advising them on projects to be a part of their multi-million Fund for Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge. This Fund seeks to accelerate solutions that enable life-saving or life-improving assistance to reach the most vulnerable in conflict.
Oct. 25, 2018
Last Saturday, Oct. 21, as many hit snooze on the alarm, students gathered at the University’s Aquatic Fitness Center to experience what it might be like to live in poverty. Not your typical Saturday exercise class, the Poverty Simulation, organized and curated by Batten Professor of Public Policy Jeanine Braithwaite, challenges students to think about what it’s like to be poor and how they might get out of the poverty cycle.
Oct. 24, 2018
Master of Public Policy (MPP) graduate Isabela Medina-Maté has wasted little time since she graduated from the Batten School last May. The native Colombian, who just completed an internship with the communications department at United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) in New York City, is already embarking on a new chapter, one that will take her to the west coast where she will be able to combine her passion for human rights and cinematography.
Oct. 23, 2018
Earlier this fall, the Batten School was recognized for trailblazing leadership in academia to an audience of more than 170,000. Not at a policy event, not at an economic forum or higher education conference, but at the mothership of tech conferences in America: Dreamforce.
Oct. 22, 2018
Jack DiMatteo, who is a second-year MPP student, discussed his summer internship with a new non-partisan non-profit, When We All Vote. The brainchild of Former First Lady, Michelle Obama, When We All Vote aims to bring together citizens, institutions, and organizations to spark a conversation about our rights and responsibilities in shaping our democracy. Specifically, the responsibility of registering to vote—and then actually voting.
Oct. 15, 2018
On Friday morning, October 5th, Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia, an initiative of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, came together with the office of Governor Ralph Northam and the Virginia Impact Investing Forum, to host the Virginia Impact Summit.
Oct. 9, 2018
Last week, the Batten School and the Center for Politics hosted an event in Garrett Hall titled “The Economic Factors that Divide America” as part of the National Symposium Series on Democracy. Moderated by Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Education, and Economics, Sally Hudson, the event presented three panelists.
Oct. 8, 2018

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