Sixty-four students who received undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in May also earned a Certificate in Public Policy from the La Follette School of Public Affairs.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy program is one of the cornerstones of the La Follette School’s Kohl Initiative, created in May 2019 with a $10 million gift from former US Sen. Herb Kohl. Since May 2020, over 90 students have received undergraduate certificates in public policy.
Notable certificate recipients include Shehrose Charania, UW–Madison’s 2020 Newman Civic Fellow, a national honor; Eli Tsarovsky, who created UW–Madison’s first Health & Wellbeing Summit in March 2021, and Matthew Mitnick, who served as chair of Associated Students of Madison during the 2020–21 academic year.
The undergraduate certificate program allows students to apply a policy perspective to their major course of study and bolsters their skills for success in the workforce or in their graduate school coursework. Students build a strong foundation for careers in government, nonprofit organizations, or the private sector.
The La Follette School also will begin accepting applications for its new Undergraduate Certificate in Health Policy program in November.