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CONNECT Project Spotlight: Developing a Grant Evaluation Tool for Nonprofits

June 25, 2024
LBJ student Muhammad Qasim worked with the City of Austin’s Office of Innovation to develop a Grant Funding Opportunity Evaluation tool through the CONNECT program last spring. The tool, which was released this week, can be used by potential grantees to assess whether a funding opportunity is the right fit for their organization. 
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CONNECT Project Spotlight: A Story to Tell at Joshua's Stage

April 25, 2024
As she was completing her PhD in Special Education last fall, CONNECT fellow Zhina Shen worked alongside local nonprofit Joshua’s Stage to further develop their data collection methods and improve their ability to measure, track, and communicate the impact of their programs.
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Studying the Polarization of Healthcare: Spotlight on Robert Brehm

March 12, 2024
Portfolio alum Robert Brehm's current doctoral research focuses on the polarization of public healthcare issues.
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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.