27 09, 2019

VTMURP Students Support Park(ing) Day Tradition

For those unfamiliar, Park(ing) Day can be understood as "the gateway drug for urban transformation," according to John Bela, and urbanist and one of the founders of Park(ing) Day. Park(ing) Day is an urbanist holiday of sorts on which parking spots are taken over with community-oriented installations to [...]

24 09, 2019

In memoriam: Philip Kronenberg, professor emeritus in SPIA and co-founder of CPAP

Philip Kronenberg, left, his wife, Renee Loeffler, and their son, Todd Kronenberg, at Kronenberg's retirement reception at the Center for Public Administration and Policy in 2006. Philip Shafer Kronenberg, professor emeritus within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, died on Aug. 1, 2019, after a short [...]

1 09, 2019

Summer Abroad 2019: VT Students Study Sustainability in Europe

This summer, our VT SPIA faculty led Virginia Tech students on a whirlwind tour through the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany for an in-depth look into sustainable policy making and planning in Europe. The course was led by the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) [...]

24 08, 2019

VT Mandela Washington Fellows benefit from leadership training, give back to VA communities

This story was initially published in VT News at this link. Networking is a constant fixture on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., but this summer a group of honorary Hokies have been making introductions with a unique goal in mind. Virginia Tech cohort members of the Mandela Washington Fellows, hosted [...]

29 06, 2019

Mehrzad Boroujerdi Named Director of Virginia Tech’s SPIA

Mehrzad Boroujerdi, an internationally recognized expert on Iran and Middle Eastern politics, has been appointed director of Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Boroujerdi comes to Virginia Tech from Syracuse University, where he has been a faculty member in the Department [...]

4 05, 2019

VT MURP Students’ ‘Echoes of Little Saigon’ Studio Does Final Episode of ‘With Good Reason’ Radio

The podcast series of With Good Reason prominently features oral histories conducted by VT MURP students in Dr. Elizabeth Morton's Echoes of Little Saigon studio. The final episode of the 'Vietnam series' explores how Vietnamese communities in the U.S. became a key component to economic success for refugees. [...]

17 04, 2019

SPIA Graduate Student Team is Finalist in National Housing Competition

A team of four Virginia Tech graduate students — with students spanning three programs in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies — is one of four finalists in the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Innovation in Affordable Housing graduate student design and planning competition. The Hokies [...]

20 04, 2018

For First Time in 33 Years, Virginia Tech Hosts Annual High Table in Alexandria

On April 21, 2018, the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) of Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs will host its annual High Table, an event that brings together faculty, Hokies, and invited guests in ceremonious fashion to promote good governance and the advancement of [...]

21 03, 2018

SPIA Student Blog: The Politics of Civic Engagement on University Campuses

After reading the story from the Chronicle of Higher Education, “How Colleges Ignite Civic Engagement”(https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Colleges-Ignite-Civic/242164?cid=cp175) about how colleges have made the pushed for more civic engagement activities around campuses.  The article discusses how students from various universities around the U.S have spurred the college movement towards civic engagement. [...]

14 03, 2018

NASPAA-Batten Global Student Simulation: Why you should participate

Every year, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) and the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy host a student simulation competition. The NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition is a worldwide event; NASPAA estimated that 563 students representing 27 countries and 159 universities competed this [...]