Julianne O'Connor

Name: Julianne O’Connor
Location: Santa Ana, Calif.
Role: Writer Intern

How did you get interested in global issues?
Growing up, my close circle of friends hailed from countries all over the world; Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and India. Hearing their stories and languages, eating their parents’ delicious cooking and listening to their perspectives ensured that I never developed an attitude of ethnocentrism. Now, I have had the fortune of traveling to Colombia, and have spent several months living in Eastern Europe. All of this has contributed to my belief that we are one human family, and what affects a village in Thailand, or a city in Bulgaria, affects us all.

What do you do when you’re not fighting global poverty?
I just finished my second year at Chapman University. I’m a political science major, and a little obsessed with keeping up with the news. I’ve been known to watch four-hour documentaries on a political issue just for fun. I also volunteer as a mentor for a group of middle school students; I help them recognize their capacities and channel their energies into service to their community.

What have you learned/found interesting about The Borgen Project?
I like that The Borgen Project is upfront about the privilege we as Americans have. We are all so fortunate to live in the richest country, and the oldest democracy, in the world. The Borgen Project harnesses that privilege and uses it for the global advantage. By mobilizing volunteers across the country to raise awareness and to advocate to their representatives in government, The Borgen Project is able to make real change.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I am originally from Oregon and I’m in love with the outdoors, and anything that involves being in it; camping, hiking, rock climbing. I also have a map of Middle Earth on my bedroom wall, and sometimes I think I know the geography of Middle Earth better than the United States.

– Jack Todd