LBJ Student Organizations

GPAC coordinates, funds, and supports many LBJ Student Organizations.  Whatever your interest and passion is, there is a student organization that speaks to it.  If there is not, then you have the ability to create your own student organization. Here's a list of GPAC sponsored or GPAC-recognized student organizations. The Alexander Hamilton Society The Alexander Hamilton Society is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic and national security policy. Each semester, AHS brings in numerous highly respected policy experts to discuss and debate foreign policy and global issues with UT professors. Alliance for Energy Policy (AEP) The Alliance for Energy Policy (AEP) seeks a multidisciplinary approach to meeting our energy needs. Energy presents one of the biggest policy challenges facing the United States, and an all-out effort is required to secure the future. Across the UT campus, AEP hosts and sponsors events to help all students plug into the energy revolution. Be it oil and gas exploration, nuclear energy, renewable energy research, energy efficiency, or distributed generation, AEP seeks input from all important stakeholders in the energy field. The Baines Report The Baines Report is an approved LBJ student organization composed of and governed by students of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The Report is dedicated to publishing student op-eds, blogs and media related to current policy. Criminal Justice Student Coalition (CJSC) The Criminal Justice Student Coalition is an organization dedicated to supporting graduate students from all corners of UT Austin with an interest in criminal justice issues and policy. We are an inclusive coalition that aims to unite students through opportunities to engage in justice-related research, service, and politics in Austin and nationwide. Feminist Policy Alliance (FPA) The Feminist Policy Alliance is an inclusive community for LBJ School students focusing on policy issues affecting women. FPA brings education and advocacy to the LBJ School, the University and the Austin community. Graduate Public Affairs Council (GPAC) The Graduate Public Affairs Council (GPAC) is the university-recognized student government body of the LBJ School. GPAC's purpose is to serve the students of the LBJ community. GPAC facilitates student initiatives; fosters discussion and decision-making; and represents and engages in advocacy on behalf of students and their concerns. Pride Policy Alliance The Pride Policy Alliance is an inclusive LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally) organization that aims to increase the visibility of LGBTQ issues at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, educate and advocate for policies that advance equality at the LBJ School, UT and the greater Austin community. PPA is a part of the UT Austin Gender and Sexuality Center Affiliate Program and organizes social, advocacy and educational events throughout the semester. Public Affairs Alliance for Communities of Color (PAACC) The mission of the Public Affairs Alliance for Communities of Color (PAACC) is to promote awareness and understanding of policy issues affecting communities of color by initiating dialogue, activities and programs within the LBJ School community. PAACC's programming endeavors to reach out to the LBJ student body, the greater UT campus and the community of Austin. Social Policy Network (SPN) Social Policy Network of Student and Alumni (SPN) is a forum for the LBJ community to exchange related information and ideas. The group hosts events such as faculty presentations, discussions and happy hours. It aims to serve as a valuable and friendly community for all LBJ students, faculty, staff and alumni interested in social, health and/or economic policy. Technology and Innovation Policy Society (TIPS) Austin is a hub for technology, and UT has a history of supporting tech innovation. The Technology and Innovation Policy Society (TIPS) is for students interested in exploring how technology can be applied to public policy issues. TIPS works to connect students with faculty and professionals in tech policy through professional networking, speaker series and events in Austin. Activities include: dinner with tech policy professionals, technical workshops, campus/company visits, publishing of student work and interactive panels.