Student News — Winter 2022

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Undergraduate Certificate in Health Policy student Ciboney Reglos (upper left on screen) spoke at a White House event about her advocacy efforts for COVID-19 vaccines.

La Follette students have been busy this semester starting new internships and jobs, writing influential articles and publications, and sharing research and advocacy efforts with others. Below are some recent updates from current Master of Public Affairs (MPA), Master of International Public Affairs (MIPA), Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy (CiPP), and Undergraduate Certificate in Health Policy (CiHP) students.

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Tyler Katzenberger (CiPP) wrote a story for the Capital Times titled “Why does UW–Madison rank dead last in sustainability among its peers?” Katzenberger serves as an intern at the Capital Times and state news editor for the Daily Cardinal. Previously, he served as the press office director of Associated Students of Madison. He is pursuing a bachelor of science in political science and journalism with a Certificate in Public Policy from the La Follette School.

Fred Flores (MPA) recently started a new position as a policy project assistant at COWS, a national “think-and-do tank” that promotes high road solutions to social problems. As part of the role, Flores coordinates with the City of Middleton sustainability coordinator on a Federal American Rescue Plan Act funded sustainable and affordable housing project. Flores previously worked as a project assistant to the associate director of the La Follette School. In addition to an MPA, he is pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Science Communication.

Ariana Hammersmith (MPA) co-authored a publication titled States Use Fiscal Recovery Funds to Promote Income Security during her summer internship at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The report shines a light on the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds and how states are using these funds to promote income security among people who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. To contribute to the report, Hammersmith collected and analyzed data on recent allocations in state legislation and executive orders. Hammersmith is the social coordinator for the La Follette School Student Association.

Ciboney Reglos (CiHP) recently spoke at a White House event with COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff to talk about her advocacy efforts for COVID-19 vaccines. Over the summer, Reglos was a Tayo summer fellow through the Filipino Young Leaders Program, where she curated relevant information to help Filipino Americans safeguard their health, well-being, and economic security during the pandemic and conducted research related to COVID. She is majoring in global health with Certificates in Health Policy and Southeast Asian Studies.

Gabriel Stowe Terrell (MPA) recently started a business and community development internship at Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The internship program is designed to offer broad exposure to economic development, community development, real estate redevelopment, historic preservation, and program management and evaluation. Terrell also recently released policy research on integrating Equitable Transit-Oriented Development practices into planning, which he wrote as a Montgomery County Council summer fellow. Terrell serves as the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) coordinator for the La Follette School Student Association and is co-leading the La Follette School’s DEI strategic planning sessions. In addition to pursuing an MPA, he is completing a master of science in urban and regional planning at UW–Madison.

Eli Tsarovsky (MPH-MPA) was quoted in a Cap Times article about a housing development that will open in 2024 near the UW–Madison campus. Tsarovsky, who is president of the Campus Area Neighborhood Association (CANA), co-led the neighborhood input process for the project. He commented on how some of the history of the historic Greenbush neighborhood will be preserved in the building. Tsarovsky received a bachelor of science in biochemistry and the La Follette School Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy from UW–Madison in 2021. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Affairs and Master of Public Health dual degree with the La Follette School. While completing his bachelor’s degree, Tsarovsky co-created UW–Madison’s first Mental Health & Wellbeing Summit in 2021.

Haoyan (Ken) Wang (CiPP & MIPA) wrote a policy memo that was published in Sifting & Winnowing Foundation, an undergraduate public policy journal at UW–Madison. The memo, titled Post-Afghanistan Global Security Strategy for the United States, discusses public opinions, NATO and European Union relations, and international relations challenges related to Russia and China. Wang also recently covered election canvasing in an audio story for his journalism class. Wang is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science, international studies, and journalism, with Certificates in German, public policy, and European studies. He is also an accelerated student in the Master of International Public Affairs Program.

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