Jennifer Watkins

Name: Jennifer Ann Watkins
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Role: Political Affairs Intern

How did you get interested in global issues?
I became interested in global issues as a child when I first read “The Diary of Anne Frank.” I found myself in awe at the atrocities of the Holocaust. I couldn’t believe such depravity had occurred and, as I learned later in life, continues to occur in different forms in our world. I became impassioned to educate both myself and others about conflicts across the globe.

What do you do when you’re not fighting global poverty?
I am a senior at Indiana University, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Public and Environmental Affairs. I love to travel, in the U.S. and abroad. I have visited countries across Europe and recently Turkey. I am an avid animal lover and enjoy spending time with my cat, Louie. I also enjoy cooking and photography, as well as camping.

What have you learned/found interesting about The Borgen Project?
What I find most interesting about The Borgen Project is its ability to connect citizens with their government. Americans often feel powerless to influence the decisions of their government officials. I feel as though The Borgen Project provides citizens who care about abolishing poverty with an excellent way to communicate with their representatives and inspire real change.

– Jack Todd