Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Thanks to a generous donation from Lockheed Martin to the La Follette School, student Nicole Kibble was able to do more than just survive during her summer in Washington, D.C.

First-year student Alex Marach likes solving problems and building solutions, and the practice of policy analysis and recommendations will enable him to do just that.

Joanna Marks still thinks about the families she met in Kentucky as a volunteer coordinator for a nonprofit agency that helped people navigate the court system.

Kaubin Neupane can make sense of the duality in his life only if he studies in the United States with the intent of contributing to help people in his native Nepal and in other developing countries. "When I was growing up in Kathmandu, I took the local environmental problems for granted and accepted them as another facet of difficult life," the first-year student says.

Xin Nong has wide-ranging interests that he is now exploring through the La Follette School's international public affairs program.

After a few years working in politics and for nonprofits, Mike Pearson decided that to have more of a positive impact on the causes he believes in, he should pursue an advanced degree.

Lindsay Read's career has been just the right blend of domestic and international, letting her explore how U.S. public policies affect people from other countries and how other nations approach their domestic programs.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 09:14

Reflections on state of the school

Our reception for alumni and friends in February drew 100 guests despite a severe winter storm blowing through Madison. We were pleased so many of you could attend. I thought I would use this space to share with all our alumni and friends a few thoughts from my welcoming remarks.

Academic debate in the classroom wasn't quite enough, Lara Rosen found, a discovery that eventually led her to enroll at the La Follette School of Public Affairs to study social and urban policy at the state and local levels.

Ann Drazkowski wants to do something about the extreme inequality and poverty she has seen. The first-year student brings to La Follette School a blend of domestic and international experience in social policy.

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