CFRP GRA Cassie Gianni Receives 2016 Spirit of LBJ Award

August 29, 2016cfrp, lbj

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Congratulations to CFRP graduate research assistant, Cassie Gianni, on receiving the 2016 Spirit of LBJ Award! The award was presented at the LBJ School’s Birthday Bash celebrating President Lyndon B. Johnson’s birthday on┬áSaturday, August 27, 2016.

The Spirit of LBJ Award is awarded by the Austin Alumni Chapter for second year students who are exemplars of their cohort in areas of leadership, commitment to the LBL School, and the Austin community. Recipients must also exhibit a strong sense of ethics and integrity.

Cassie embodies all these characteristics both as a student and as a member of the CFRP research team. At CFRP, Cassie supports several child welfare research projects, including how the state of Texas is transforming its Child Protective Services (CPS) workforce and how outcomes for children involved in the CPS system can be improved through increased collaboration among agencies and increased effectiveness of volunteer advocates.

“We’re so fortunate to work with Cassie – we get to benefit from her professional skills and her positive attitude and thoughtfulness. She’s a wonderful representative of the ideals of the LBJ School and the student body. We can’t wait to see what she accomplishes after her time here at LBJ,” said Dr. Cynthia Osborne, LBJ professor and director of CFRP.

Cassie Gianni is a Master of Global Policy Studies candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. She earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of Houston. As an undergrad, she focused her community service on economic empowerment, cultural exchange, and LGBTQA+ rights.