Kristen Rasmussen knew securing a job with an international non-governmental organization would be a challenge, even with her Master of International Public Affairs from the La Follette School. So when she moved to Cambodia after graduating in 2003, she focused on freelance consulting jobs to gain experience.
Farha Tahir has no doubt her classmates will take extraordinary measures to put their passion for public service to work. "When we walk across this stage, it signifies a change, a transfer of power," she told her classmates gathered in the Assembly Chamber of the Wisconsin Capitol for the La Follette School's May 15 graduation celebration.
From suggesting ways to improve food safety to evaluating countries that receive U.S. aid, policy analysis and recommendations by La Follette School students are now on the desks of policymakers across Wisconsin and around the world.
Two alumni who are experts in human trafficking presented at a La Follette School symposium on modern-day slavery.
2006 alum Karina B. Silver has been researching human trafficking since 2004 when she was a La Follette School student interning at the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance. She will be part of a panel discussion on modern slavery at 10:30 a.m., April 30, at in the Sewell Social Sciences Building.
2008 alum Marianna Smirnova is the human trafficking policy specialist at the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault and coordinator of the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance's Human Trafficking Committee. She will be part of a panel discussion on modern slavery at 10:30 a.m., April 30, at the Sewell Social Sciences Building.
For 1983 alum Leo Kazeri, the question of why he became a Catholic priest is answered through his actions.
For Xiaojia "Lydia" Bi, public service is about breaking down barriers, whether in helping people in developing countries or supporting sustainable wetland restoration in New Orleans.