I hope to use the analytical and management skills I learn at La Follette to fight for opportunity and economic mobility.
Taking questions and comments from early morning callers to Wisconsin Public Radio is just one component of 2012 alum Naya Mukherji's engagement with people from different backgrounds.
Something that drew me to the La Follette School was The Wisconsin Idea, and I feel (the Family Impact Seminars and Committee Connect) truly exemplify that mission.
The La Follette School has helped me explore options. I learned about nonprofit work during my summer internship with Health Access Connect and during the La Follette in D.C. career development trip, I saw what private sector and consulting work might be like.
My interest in policy stems from the idea that if you would like to see positive change, you need to take informed action.
Public policy can help sustain an improved standard of living, says La Follette School student Dan Kleinmaier."Our society has achieved many great things and improved the standard of living for many," Kleinmaier says. "However, it appears we have done so in a manner that is unsustainable."
When her second year as a teacher ended, Sara Kock left her South Dakota school district saying, "I have to do something more to help those children succeed." She came to the La Follette School the next fall to gain the technical skills she needs to inform education policy.
Sara Koliner was in a job training session when she got a crash course on the U.S. health system. What she learned eventually brought her to the La Follette School to pursue a public affairs degree.
Empathy in action — caring about other people and acting to help them in some way — draws Lacee Koplin to public service. "I volunteered at my local food pantry a lot while I was growing up, and that got me interested in social issues in a hands-on sense, but I felt like there was so much more I could do," the public affairs student says.
The secret to greater government efficiency is program evaluation and performance management, believes Kristina Krull, whose interests have broadened during her three semesters at the La Follette School.