Name: Grayson Cox
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Position: Writer

Fundraising Goal: $750

How did you get interested in global issues?
My passion for global studies emanated from my passion for learning languages. After I began learning Spanish, and subsequently Portuguese and Italian, I realized that language learning allowed me to connect more authentically with other cultures and peoples who are often misconstrued by the American public. At the College of William and Mary, I am studying International Relations and Hispanic studies, where I use my language abilities to access primary resources. These data help me effectively identify and analyze issues that demand more attention in the academic literature and even within the policymaking scene. I am particularly interested in international development and environmental security.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
The people of the world’s most developed countries should understand the complexities of poverty and the reasons why poverty still persists in much of the world. We tend to believe that poverty arises on its own or is engendered by corrupt governments in the developing, global south. In reality, governments, corporations, and individuals in the developed world cultivate conditions that allow poverty in these places to emerge and thrive. I believe that I have a responsibility in educating readers on the reasons why poverty continues to flourish so that people here can lobby policymakers and encourage them to restrict the forces that bolster poverty. Since the world’s most poor lack the resources and agency to advocate for change, the citizens of the developed world must advocate for them.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
Last year, I studied abroad in La, Plata, Argentina! I had the opportunity to travel to Uruguay and Chile, and I even got the chance to visit Iguazu Falls at the Argentina-Brazil border. I have a strange infatuation with cruise ships, and if I had to choose an alternate career path, I would definitely be a cruise director. In my free time, I enjoy reading, learning languages, and thinking about how you should donate to my fundraising campaign!


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