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CONNECT Project Spotlight: Developing Policies to Address Medical Debt with RAISE Texas

Jan. 5, 2024
In spring 2023, RAISE Texas began working with CONNECT to examine the effect that medical debt has on Texans, especially those who are low-income and in communities of color. CONNECT fellow Ziyi Wang worked with RAISE Texas to further develop the data needed to propose model bills in the 2025 state legislative session addressing medical debt and healthcare barriers in the state.
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Spotlight on: December 2023 Graduates

Dec. 18, 2023
Congratulations to our two December graduates of the Nonprofit Studies portfolio program! Read more about LBJ graduates Maddie and Penny in this spotlight.
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RGK Global Fellowships: Summer 2023 Recap

Dec. 14, 2023
Read more about the three recipients of the first RGK Global Fellowships in summer 2023. Students traveled to Africa, Israel, and Guatemala to complete internships with local NGOs.
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The Power of Empathy: Spotlight on Blanca N. Garcia

Oct. 30, 2023
Social work alum Blanca N. Garcia shares her experience in clinical social work and the work she does with Grant Halliburton Foundation in Dallas, Texas.
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Providing Opportunity Through Education: Spotlight on Gerald Napoles

Sept. 18, 2023
Read more about Nonprofit Studies portfolio alum Gerald Napoles, who graduated from UT Austin with his PhD in Educational Administration.
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Moira Porter Announced as RGK Center Interim Director

July 26, 2023
LBJ School of Public Affairs Dean J.R. DeShazo announced the appointment of Moira Porter, MPAff to serve as the RGK Center’s interim director beginning August 2023. 
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2023 Kozmetsky Fellow Announced: Libby Morris

July 20, 2023
The RGK Center is excited to welcome our newest Kozmetsky Fellow, Libby Morris, to campus this fall.
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CONNECT Student Spotlight: Christopher Reyes

June 15, 2023
CONNECT fellow Christopher Reyes, a graduate student at UT School of Public Health, worked alongside a team at Ascension Seton to expand and improve their Food is the Best Medicine program.
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Summer 2023 CONNECT Cohort Announcement

June 14, 2023
The summer 2023 CONNECT cohort kicked off this month with 16 projects, including eight organizations participating in CONNECT for the first time.
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The Architecture of Happiness: Spring 2023 Policy Research Project

May 23, 2023
In spring 2023, RGK Center Director Dr. David Springer led a Policy Research Project (PRP) course through the LBJ School of Public Affairs titled “The Architecture of Happiness: Designing Policies and Programs that Promote Mental Wellbeing.”