On Saturday, April 19, 2014, MAP President Steven Olikara traveled to his alma mater, University of Wisconsin-Madison to speak at the first annual Bipartisan Issues Group (BIG) Conference. BIG is a student-run organization established at UW-Madison last fall and has expanded to the University of Illinois and University of Minnesota campuses.
Fifteen students gathered with local lawmakers to discuss a wide range of issues pertaining to Millennials, including America’s use of drones, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, and the student debt crisis.
Joining Olikara in providing students with insight into government decision making were Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Minority Senate Leader Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), Regional Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Falk, as well as political science professor Donald Downs and James Madison Fellow Alderman Scott Resnick (District 8).
Olikara offered students a solution to today’s political stalemate by sharing MAP’s story. By growing a nationwide network of Millennial leadership rooted in post-partisanship and collaboration, MAP seeks to overcome America’s partisan gridlock.