Name: Laurita Ciceron
Location: Concord, North Carolina
Role: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
While receiving my BA in Sociology, I developed an interest in social structures and social policy. I went on to receive my master’s in social policy and social research from London’s global university, University College London. During my master’s, I learned to use research to influence policy and agenda setting. I am grateful that the university I attended focused on domestic and international policy because it taught me the steps that need to be taken to make an impact on global issues.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
Through my time studying sociology and social policy, I learned that the best way to make a difference is to go out and raise awareness. People cannot be expected to care about an issue they have never heard of. Global poverty, despite being one of the world’s most pressing issues, is often seen as too large of an issue to solve, and, therefore, is looked over. The truth of global poverty is that it has easy and affordable solutions, and, with aid from the US government, we could make a real difference.

It is my privilege to do my part in the fight against global poverty by raising as much awareness as possible.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I’m passionate about helping others!

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