Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, February 3, 2020

Normandin discusses faculty-policymaker partnerships

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La Follette School Legislative Outreach Director Heidi Normandin (MA ’98) participated in a panel discussion for UW–Madison’s Families and Well-Being Seminar Series.

The panel discussed the importance of being an active partner in translating scholarship into social policy change. Normandin shared her unique perspective as one of UW–Madison’s main partners with Wisconsin lawmakers.

“Students outside the La Follette School are eager to learn more about working with policymakers,” Normandin said after the seminar, which was held in November 2019. “I enjoyed sharing some of my knowledge about legislators and other state policymakers to help students get involved in the policy process.”

Normandin served on the panel with La Follette School faculty affiliates Nicholas Hillman and Sarah Halpern-Meekin. Hillman is an associate professor of educational leadership and policy analysis, and Halpern-Meekin is an associate professor of human development and family studies. Yiwei Zhang, an assistant professor of consumer science, also participated.

Hosted by the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, the goal of the seminar series is to “bring research forward in a common forum and to make sense of it for families and those who serve them.” Past seminars are available on the Center for Child and Family Well-being YouTube channel.

- written by Emma Cleveland