Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

After working for several years in refugee resettlement, Linda Collins decided to broaden her skill set by going to graduate school. "I wanted to prepare myself for positions of greater influence or responsibility for program and policy design," the second-year MIPA student says.

Young women from the Middle East and North Africa gathered  in Doha, Qatar, to improve their leadership skills, thanks in part to the organizing efforts of La Follette School alum Katie Croake.

Alum Katie Croake helps strengthen and expand democracy in the Middle East and North Africa as a program manager with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.

Debby Anderson Meyer does not like inefficiencies — particularly ones that keep her from building relationships with people.

After a year in Kansas City as an L.P. Cookingham Management fellow, 2008 alum Carissa DeCramer headed to Washington, D.C., to become a budget analyst for Rock Creek National Park.

The opportunity to combine nonprofit management with Southeast Asian studies brought Mengwei "Weiwei" Deng to the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

A career as a diplomat and international development expert is the subject of the La Follette School's Policy After Work Series on Thursday, March 26, at Brocach on Madison's Capital Square, 7 West Main St., from 5-7 p.m. Light refreshments are served along with a cash bar.

For Erik Dolson, the best way to address a problem is to consider all the possible solutions. When a career advisor suggested he consider public policy schools, Dolson looked at the La Follette School and other master's programs. "Taking apart problems and fixing them with public policy sounded interesting," Dolson says.

After Rosina Estol-Peixoto started working at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., she saw how her research influenced public policy in Central American countries. Now she is pursuing a Master of International Public Affairs at the La Follette School.

Alum Andria Hayes-Birchler's employer has recognized her efforts to weave gender equity into decisions about whether the United States should give a country development aid.

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