Faculty and Center Impact

Faculty and Center Impact

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UT researchers are working with City staff and community groups to build an Austin-wide climate atlas

Nov. 15, 2022
RGK Center professor Dr. Patrick Bixler receives a grant from NASA to create a climate atlas for Austin, working alongside local community organizations.
Photo by Megan Bucknall of Lady Bird Lake in Austin Texas

Latest Data Brief Explores Austin's Social Capital

June 20, 2022
Austin Area Sustainability Indicators Project has released a brief outlining their research on social capital in Austin.
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Dr. Becky Lentz Announced as Fellow with The OpEd Project

June 17, 2022
Dr. Becky Lentz has been selected to participate in the Public Voices Fellowship.

Event Recap: CONNECT Community Showcase

May 3, 2022
On Thursday April 21st, graduate students, community members, UT faculty and staff, and other supporters attended the CONNECT Community Showcase event at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. For the first time since its beginning in 2019, participants in the CONNECT program gathered to learn about the impact current and former CONNECT fellow work has made on organizations that have a data challenge.

Faculty Fellow Dr. Becky Lentz Selected as City Fellow

April 13, 2022
Dr. Becky Lentz has been selected as one of several City Fellows (three university-based and several community-based) for the 2021-2022 academic year affiliated with UT Austin’s Equitable and Regenerative Cities Flagship Project.
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Event Recap: Philanthropy in Communities of Color

April 7, 2022
On Wednesday, March 30th, the RGK Center collaborated with the Policy Alliance for Communities of Color (PACC), a student group at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, to host an event exploring philanthropy in communities of color.

Latest Data Brief Provides Insight Into Southeast/North Austin Zip Codes

Feb. 8, 2022
Students and faculty of the Austin Area Sustainability Indicators (A2SI) project and local organization Go Austin, Vamos Austin (GAVA) hope that this detailed, zip-code-level data can inform elected officials and empower community members to start meaningful conversations about policies affecting their health and wellbeing.  

Center's First High School Intern Graduates

June 25, 2021
The RGK Center hosted its first high school intern this past school year from the Practicum in Business Management course at Austin High School, taught by Center portfolio alum Nick Lebo.  

Advancing Conversations on Philanthropy and Social Change

May 25, 2021
In her Philanthropy and Social Change course series, RGK Center fellow and associate adjunct faculty member Dr. Becky Lentz explores with her students the question: “How has philanthropy been used to address root causes rather than just the symptoms of systemic and structural inequality?” 

Surveying the Landscape: Faculty Develops an Interactive Map of the Texas Water Policy System

May 19, 2021
RGK Center faculty and staff are collaborating with Texas Water Foundation to develop an interactive map of the Texas water systems landscape.

RGK Center Welcomes New Project Manager for Data Initiatives

Jan. 25, 2021
The RGK Center is excited to announce the addition of a new position on our team. We welcome back one of our talented graduate students to help us grow our data programs and collaborate with the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  
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Dr. Ji Ma Develops State-of-the-Art Machine Learning Classifier

Nov. 2, 2020
RGK Center assistant professor Ji Ma recently developed a state-of-the-art machine-learning classifier that can automate the coding process for nonprofits, ultimately remapping the U.S. nonprofit sector.

Dr. David Springer Announced as LBJ School Interim Dean

Oct. 15, 2020
David Springer, director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, has been appointed as interim dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs beginning in January 2021.

Connecting Leaders: A Conversation with Dr. Teresa Granillo

Aug. 17, 2020
AVANCE CEO Dr. Teresa Granillo reflects on her recent experience with CONNECT and her mentorship with RGK Center director David Springer.  

A2SI Wins Community Impact Award

July 17, 2020
Austin Area Sustainability Indicators (A2SI) was recently selected for the 2020 Community Project Impact Award from the Community Indicators Consortium.

Dr. Patrick Bixler Accepts Tenure-Track Position at LBJ

June 23, 2020
The RGK Center is excited to announce that Dr. Patrick Bixler has been appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Below is an excerpt from the LBJ School’s official announcement regarding Dr. Bixler’s appointment. 

A2SI Team Releases Annual Report Focused on Climate and Community Resilience

June 17, 2020
The Austin Area Sustainability Indicators project (A²SI) is releasing its 2020 Austin Futures report focused on climate and community resilience in the Austin metro area.

RGK Center Anti-Racism Statement

June 12, 2020
Black Lives Matter and social justice advocates deserve a complete commitment from the RGK Center network to protect human life and dignity, battle inequality, dismantle systemic racism, enact meaningful policy reform, and engage in sustainable community leadership.  
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Q&A With Dr. Rochlen: Mental Health Awareness Month

May 14, 2020
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and now, more than ever, it is important for us to take time to assess and address our mental health needs.

David W. Springer, RGK Director, joins the 2018 class of Fellows of SSWR

Feb. 5, 2020
The Social Work and Research (SSWR) welcomes Dr. David W. Springer into the 2018 class of Fellows. SSWR Fellows are members who have served with distinction to advance the mission of the Society
2018 Greater Austin Civic Health Index

2018 Greater Austin Civic Health Index

Oct. 31, 2018
The report, called the Greater Austin Civic Health Index, was published by the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, in partnership with the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas at Austin and the National Conference on Citizenship.
Austin Catalyst Fund Research and Community Dialogue

Austin Catalyst Fund Research and Community Dialogue

April 26, 2018
Austin’s nonprofit sector is experiencing booming growth, with community need rapidly rising and geographically expanding to levels that far outpace the delivery of service.