Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

A belief in the power of policymakers to create public policy that helps people led Ellen Hildebrand to a career in urban planning and housing policy.

Many families working to move out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency face benefit cliffs – when increases in income do not compensate for losses in benefits from state and federal programs.

Aaron Dumas, a La Follette School student and project assistant for the Evidence Based Health Policy Project , organized a major statewide conference on opioid abuse with the project in mid-February.

More than 50 La Follette School students celebrated graduation May 17 with a ceremony in the Assembly Chamber at the Wisconsin Capitol.

Two La Follette School students, Laura Downer and Jacob Pankratz, won election to Associated Students of Madison (ASM), the official student government of the University of Wisconsin–Madison in March. Downer, ASM’s current Student Council chair, and Pankratz will serve as graduate student representatives for the 2020-21 academic year.

Two University of Wisconsin-Madison students, including one from the La Follette School of Public Affairs, were selected as a team finalist in the 2016 Policy Solutions Challenge USA competition.

The Wisconsin Ideas Conference is back for its second year, bringing students interested in government and public policy a unique opportunity to publish and refine their ideas, participate in lively discussions, and earn scholarships. Applications for the conference, April 12–14 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, are due Saturday, January 26 at 11:59 p.m. (CST).

The Wisconsin Ideas Conference is back for its third year, bringing students interested in government and public policy a unique opportunity to publish and refine their ideas, participate in lively discussions with academics and professionals, and earn scholarships.

In the current issue of Our Lives, former teacher – and first-year La Follette School student – Abby Swetz reflects on the triumphs and travails of the classroom and why she left teaching to pursue her master’s degree in public affairs.

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 06:55

McFarlane to lead student association

Mitch McFarlane, a student in the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) Program, will lead La Follette School Student Association (LSSA) for 2020-21. Graduate students elected McFarlane as vice president for the 2019-20 academic year and as president in spring 2020.

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