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Health & Social Policy Student Life Texas University of Texas at Austin

An Unconventional Approach to Expanding Student Health, Wellness and Privacy

In 2007, The University of Texas at Austin made local news headlines when it made Plan B available over-the-counter at the Forty Acres Pharmacy on campus. At the time, Plan B, a popular type of emergency contraceptive, or EC, was only available directly from a pharmacist or with a prescription. The move to improve access to this […]

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Barbara Jordan Week Health & Social Policy LBJ School Politics and Governance Texas

Conversion Therapy and Texas “Pride”: A Conversation with Garrard Conley

Author Garrard Conley kicked off 2018’s Barbara Jordan Week at the LBJ School by coming to speak at its inaugural event. Conley’s new book, Boy Erased, is an autobiographical account of his experience with gay conversion therapy and his complicated relationship with his parents. Conley discussed the psychological manipulation the conversion “counselors” used, the agony […]

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Global Global Policy Studies & International Security Immigration Policy International Development

Rohingya, Religion, Response: Part Two

Some of the most devastating wars in history have been fought in the name of religion. It is undeniable that differences in belief systems and ways of worship can cause irreconcilable disputes. Though religion plays a role in causing many conflicts, it also has the unique power to resolve them. In part one, I examined […]

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Global Global Policy Studies & International Security

Ethnic Cleansing in a Nobel Laureate’s Backyard

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Complicity in the Persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar In 1991, Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights.” She was given the award for her involvement in the 1988 pro-democracy uprisings in Myanmar, in which she helped found the […]

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Politics and Governance

Is Texas Good For Women? A Recap of the Texas Tribune Festival Panel

Photo: Houston Chronicle Two of Texas’ prominent female politicians crossed the aisle to promote discourse about the impact of state policy on women. Wendy Davis, a Democrat and member of the Texas Senate, renowned for her 11-hour filibuster against restrictive abortion regulations, shared that the adversity that she faced shaped her into the person she […]

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Senseless Atrocities and Overreactions: On the Backlash Following UT Austin Tragedy

Photo: Jana Birchum On April 12, 2016, the Texas Tribune published a piece about parental responses to the horrific murder of the University of Texas at Austin (UT) freshman Haruka Weiser. In short, the story goes: parents of UT students understandably want their daughters and sons to be safe in the aftermath of a horrible […]

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Barbara Jordan Week Civil Rights Health & Social Policy LBJ School University of Texas at Austin

Criminal Justice Reform Panel

On Monday, February 22, as part of the 2016 Barbara Jordan Forum, Citizens for Local and State Service (CLASS) sponsored a panel of elected officials representing city, county, and state government who addressed the topic of “Criminal Justice Reform in Central Texas.” The panel consisted of Kathie Tovo, Austin City Council member for District 9; […]

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Health & Social Policy Politics and Governance

Marijuana Drug Scheduling: Something We Need to Ask Ourselves

A Partnership Piece from The Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University How many readers have consumed marijuana before? How many readers have been actively harmed by someone under the influence of marijuana? It may surprise you to know that marijuana is currently listed under Schedule 1, the most dangerous category, and a class of drugs deemed […]

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Health & Social Policy Partner Policy Schools Politics and Governance

Rape Insurance: Shaming the Women of Michigan

 A Partnership Piece from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy As of March 13, 2014, women in Michigan are expected to plan ahead for unplanned pregnancies. Yes, you read that right. The passage of the “Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act” in Michigan requires most private and all public health insurance plans to offer […]

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Health & Social Policy International Development Summer Internships

Fighting Outdoor Defecation in Rural Bihar

July 1st – 26. July 2nd – 19. July 3rd – 27. In India there are rarely small numbers. A lot of people, a lot of cell phones and, most importantly for us, there are a lot of people defecating outside. 650 million people defecating outside. Unfortunately, the numbers that I encounter every day are […]