Name: Anya Davidson
Location: Miramar, FL
Position: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
For as long as I can remember, all of my early school year history courses focused on United States history and only mentioned other countries in relation to or to explain an interaction with the United States.

During my freshman year of high school, I was required to take World Geography that completely rejected the American centric narrative. I was introduced to new cultures, values, beliefs, and human interactions vastly different from what I was used to. It was a breath of fresh air to learn about the political, economical, and social aspects of different cultures around the world. With the exposure to these cultures also came exposure to the problems and issues different countries faced and were currently facing. Time and time again the course proved that international issues impacted the way the United States functioned and the lifestyles of the American people. Global issues are our issues. So it baffled me that I wasn’t taught about some of these major events in my earlier history classes and why ABC National News wasn’t reporting on these stories.

After I realized how easy it is to obliviously stay in the American bubble, I made it my responsibility to make a constant effort to educate myself on the struggles and problems of countries around the world because you can’t take action if you don’t know it’s happening.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
As someone who has the privilege to sign petitions, has the accessibility to call and e-mail my representatives and senators, and vote every election, it would be a shame if I didn’t utilize these privileges to advocate and fight for what I believe in. Once this opportunity to intern for The Borgen Project presented itself, I jumped at the chance to use my privilege to advocate for the poor and truly make a change and an impact on my congressional leaders to push for a change.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I love spending quality time with family and friends, going to the movies every chance I get, karaoke sessions, trying new foods, lazy beach days, exploring the city, traveling, and a great Netflix binge weekend.

Some random facts about me:

  1. I am a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar at New York University
  2. I’ve written, produced, and directed a short film.
  3. I visited Sydney, Australia on an outreach trip and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

My compassion/humility list:
I will do the following for any friends or family who donates in my honor…

  1. $100: Send a dozen homemade cookies
  2. $150: Send a dozen delicious brownies
  3. $200: Send a dozen cookies and a dozen brownies (combo delight!)

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