Menard Family Initiative


Student Connection

Creating Connections

The primary role of creating connections is listening to our students and pairing them with the correct opportunities for economic engagement, research, and community outreach. By collaborating on local events, sharing university space, programming, and resources, and remaining in touch with students and the community, these experiences allow for collaborations that enhance student learning.

Economic Accessibility

Economic Accessibility

We are constantly looking for new ways to remove barriers to the state-of-the-art, economic-focused results produced by our faculty research. We're committed to providing access to the Center's resources and experts through our website, social media, and other avenues to customize opportunities to share economic knowledge. 


In 2019, The Menard Family generously donated UW-L's largest gift in our 110-year history, $2.1 million, to be used by developing new and intriguing economic insights through conducting original research and supporting students to pursue their own, research-driven interests within the field of economics. The Menard Family Midwest Initiative for Economic Engagement and Research, led by Director and Associate Professor, Dr. Adam Hoffer, plans to provide a series of speakers (in-person, webinars, and video series), host semester-long discussion groups, provide scholarships, and promote economic-related topics of interest to students, faculty, staff, and the community. 

Upcoming Events:

Wisconsin Liberty Consortium

When: 12:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2022
Where: Student Union

Friday, January 14, 2022- Student Union, Rooms 3310, 3314, & 2110

  • 12:45 PM- Registration
  • 1:00 - 1:45 PM- Session 1
  • 1:50 - 2:35 PM- Session 2
  • 2:40 - 3:10 PM- Break
  • 3:15 - 4:00 PM- Session 3
  • 4:05 - 4:50 PM- Session 4
  • 4:55 PM- Wrap up and Student/Speaker Surveys

For more information please see the link below.

For questions about this event or to request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact Amberly Roeck at or 608.317.5937.

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