Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

La Follette School family rallies to battle public health crisis

Susan Webb Yackee Susan Webb Yackee

In this difficult time of uncertainty, the La Follette School extends its deep gratitude to our alumni and friends working diligently to keep our communities, family members, and friends safe. This new reality has brought people together in amazing ways.

“We are extremely proud of the numerous La Follette School alumni using their expertise and knowledge to battle the coronavirus outbreak in critical public management, public policy, and public health positions across all levels of government,” said Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee. “This crisis emphasizes the importance of strong public management and evidence-based policymaking.” 

La Follette School faculty quickly transitioned their graduate and undergraduate courses to online, and staff are assisting students as they navigate this change and seek internships and post-graduation employment.

As this public health crisis unfolds, UW–Madison has a wealth of information online about coronavirus, campus operations, financial matters, coursework, and much more. UW–Madison’s Division of Extension also continues to update its website with financial resources for households, communities, and businesses.

Most recently, UW–Madison cancelled all face-to-face summer non-credit programs and activities. To help people stay up to date, the Chancellor’s Office also launched a newsletter with COVID-19 news, resources, and research from campus. 

“It has been amazing to watch the La Follette School family pull together and rise to this tremendous challenge,” Yackee said. “Thank you for all you do, and please take care of yourself and one another.”