Name: Christopher Aitken
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Role: Political Affairs Intern
How did you get interested in global issues?
I have always been an avid newspaper reader and general news enthusiast. My interests moved specifically to global issues after taking a college course called “Islam in Modernity” which focused on Islam and its culture’s relationship with the modern globalized world. What grabbed my interest was learning about conflicts worldwide that are terribly misunderstood yet do not have to be. Many people know little about the Middle Eastern conflict and have never heard the phrase “Sharia Law” and thus base their position on common misunderstandings. I learned that having a better understanding of the history and circumstances in other countries allows us to understand what our most effective course of action can be.
What do you do when you’re not fighting global poverty?
I am a sophomore at Providence College where I am a psychology major and a political science minor. I am captain of the the Sailing Team here at school and a member of the PC Mock Trial team. I am also working for Brett Smiley, a 2014 Providence Mayoral Candidate.
What have you learned/found interesting about The Borgen Project?
The most impressive piece of The Borgen Project is Clint Borgen’s passion for this cause. He took immediate initiative after graduating college to raise his own funds to start this organization, continues to work as an unpaid volunteer and has been able to inspire hundreds more to follow him in doing so. The cause itself and the way that The Borgen Project is run caught my interest because it is so common sense-based. Some of the worlds most powerful economic and political leaders advocate for increased U.S. foreign aid because it is a simple necessity. The Borgen Project takes this premise and makes it easy for others to join in the fight.
Any interesting tidbits to share?
I am applying to Law School in the fall of 2014 and plan to attend in the fall of 2015.
– Jack Todd