Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Students

On Sunday, May 15, 47 La Follette students celebrated their graduation in the Wisconsin Capitol’s Assembly Chamber in the school’s first in-person graduation ceremony since 2019. Recounting some of the seemingly insurmountable challenges they have overcome, speakers emphasized the importance of holding on to optimism and gratitude.

La Follette School Master of Public Affairs student Gabriel Stowe Terrell was recently accepted to the 2022 Public Policy New Voices (PPNV) fellowship program. The fellowship, which is a collaboration among leading American public policy graduate schools, corporate public policy teams, and a number of innovative global strategic advisory firms, provides a year-long fellowship for 40 public policy graduate students from racially underrepresented communities.

A team of La Follette students presented their analysis of policy alternatives to increase equitable child care access in La Crosse County to legislators and legislative staff members at the annual UW–Madison Day at the Capitol.

The La Follette School will be well represented at spring commencement this May, starting with keynote speaker Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Thomas-Greenfield earned a master’s degree from the La Follette School’s predecessor, the Center for the Study of Public Policy and Administration, in 1975.

Whether part of an admissions offer or found by using the Student Job Center, graduate assistantships offer several significant benefits to La Follette School students.

Kao Lee Yang (MPA, N&PP ’24) created a Twitter account in January 2022 to highlight Hmong academic excellence in the biological sciences, creating a “positive outcome” from a difficult situation.

La Follette School students Paul Tadross (MIPA/JD ’22), Matthew Marcus (MIPA ’23), and Nichole Springer (MIPA ’23) received FLAS fellowships that greatly shape their policy interests, help them learn a language, and connect them to global cultures.

A three-year program, the master of urban planning and public affairs double degree consists of 72 credits. Some students enter the program concurrently, while others add one degree after beginning the other.

La Follette School graduate student Nova Tebbe calls herself a climate newcomer. Yet, in early November, she joined 300 people who walked out of the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (or COP26) to protest the lack of significant commitment to combat climate change.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Ian Pearson, MPA

"A La Follette School alumnus connected me with an internship at Madison College, where I worked on higher education policy challenges."

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