Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Website features Kohl Initiative details, news

Nearly one year ago, the La Follette School received the largest gift in School history – a $10 million donation from former US Sen. Herb Kohl known as the Kohl Initiative. Sen. Kohl’s generosity already has had a tremendous impact on the La Follette School, the UW–Madison campus, and the broader community.

Most prominently, the La Follette School convened more than 300 health policy leaders from across the state for its inaugural La Follette Forum. The School also has grown its Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy program, with 51 students seeking this new option.

The Kohl Initiative also builds on the important progress of the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition, which supports faculty members’ research and provides much-needed funding for students, who work alongside faculty as project assistants.

Details about the Kohl Initiative’s goals, accomplishments, and impacts are featured on a new website. Significantly, the website features videos of the La Follette Forum’s two keynote presentations and six panel discussions, which included policymakers, practitioners, community leaders, and researchers.

“With this gift, we are demonstrating the important role of evidence in policymaking,” said Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee. “We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events and welcome the opportunity to work with you on the critical policy issues facing our country and the world.”