Peder Hopkins

Position title: Leadership Development Student Coordinator


Areas of Specialty:

International Higher Education, Higher Education Administration, Advising, & Experiential Learning

Academic Background:

BA, History, Luther College Student, MS Global Higher Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Areas of Interest:

I like outdoor journeys either running or biking, reading, spending time with friends and family, and will always be a fan of the Chicago Cubs.

Personal Biography:

I grew up on a farm in Newton, Iowa, and eventually found my way to Luther College. I was able to study abroad in England for a year, which turned out to be a life changing experience. I saw potential for students to develop through experiential learning opportunities, particularly study abroad, that takes place outside of the classroom. After college, I lived and worked at a community based public health organization in Minneapolis for 3 years, and recently moved to Madison to start working on my Master’s in Global Higher Education.

Favorite Quote:

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” – Walt Disney

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs

What every student should know about the UW campus:

In addition to having trails and shoreline access to Lake Mendota, UW-Madison has an abundance of organizations to join. From club sports, or fraternity & sorority life, to arts and outdoors, or civic engagement groups, UW-Madison has a lively, engaged student body.