Inspired by the leadership and vision of Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2008, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has created the Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center (Blanco Center), which is committed to serving the public interest through leadership in state and local policy.
The Blanco Center is an independent, interdisciplinary research center, bringing together experts from different academic departments to conduct research, analyze data, create white papers, and write grants.
Focusing on the Future
By Providing Policy Research & Archival Preservation
A partnership between the College of Liberal Arts and the Edith Garland Dupre' Library, the Blanco Center will work primarily in the public policy areas championed by Governor Blanco during her 25-year career in state government. These issues included governmental ethics, criminal justice reform, poverty and economic opportunity, and education.
The Blanco Center aims to provide policymakers and the public with the information necessary to improve lives and communities across Louisiana. With this in mind, a special interest of the center is promoting and expanding the role of women in politics, and providing training for community leaders and elected officials.
Learn more about:
- Who We Are
- Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
- The Center's Programs
- The Archives
- News and Events
- How to Get Involved