Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Class of 2020

Monday, April 19, 2021

Jackson Parr, MPA ’20

The breadth of coursework I completed at the La Follette School provided me the opportunity to approach challenges through an interdisciplinary lens. Flood events trigger many different social and institutional dynamics that all must be considered when identifying solutions.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Emma Cleveland, MPA '20

Having professors like Dave Weimer and Greg Nemet consistently challenge me—asking questions, throwing curve balls into assignments, and making us do some serious critical thinking—has really helped me become a more confident employee.

State agencies and nonprofit organizations are among the many partners seeking assistance from La Follette School students during their capstone course, Workshop in Public Affairs (PA 869). In spring, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) asked how the state might improve access to Emergency Assistance grants for survivors of domestic violence.

Like everyone across the globe, Dr. Allison Couture (MPA ’20) had her world turned upside down when COVID-19 struck. However, Couture had a unique vantage point: as a master’s degree student at the La Follette School of Public Affairs and as a practicing doctor.  

La Follette School students collaborated with two community groups – Movin’ Out and Legal Interventions for Transforming (LIFT) Dane – as part of their culminating Workshop in Public Affairs (PA 869) projects during the Spring 2020 semester.

La Follette School students conducted research and analysis on behalf of two international organizations as part of their culminating Workshop in Public Affairs (PA 869) projects during the Spring 2020 semester.

As the La Follette School’s Class of 2020 graduation speaker, Shireen Ohadi-Hamadani reflected on her grandmother’s life and envisioned a more just and equitable society. Ohadi-Hamadani said via video that she decided to attend the La Follette School to protect people like her grandmother.