Sara Dodd to be Regional Director of the Borgen Project

Sara “Sasha” Dodd, senior political science major, recently followed up on an email that her professor, Dr. VanDenBerg, sent.

This simple reply and two interviews later have landed her the position of regional director for the Borgen Project.

The Borgen Project is a non-profit organization that “believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty.”

They are the “innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.”

Essentially, this organization works to empower American citizens to exercise their rights and contact their representatives in order to help raise awareness for global poverty and in support of legislation.

In Dodd’s six-month commitment to the Borgen Project, she hopes to empower seven people a week to contact their local Missouri congress representatives.

Her main roles as regional director will be to support and ignite a sense of urgency in Springfield and the surrounding areas, to get this issue on the radar of those in Washington.

She will be coming up with new and innovative ways to raise money, awareness, and educate the general public on the mission of the Borgen Project.

The Borgen Project website provides easy access to contacting representatives all across the country. This area mainly focuses on calling Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Claire McCaskill, and Representative Billy Long. Their numbers are provided on the Borgen Project website.

The organization recognizes that from slavery to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy.

The Borgen Project operates through advocacy at the political level, gaining support and advancing policies/programs to improve living conditions of those living on less than $1 per day.

This organization has grown from one man, Clint Borgen, and his laptop, to an organization that is changing the lives of people around the world.

One of Dodd’s goals is to help show the Drury Community why this should be of some importance.

With so many students studying abroad, striving for a Global Studies minor, and in general getting a liberal arts education, it is important to understand how great of an issue global poverty is; and how it is possible and imperative to be an advocate.
Dodd hopes to inspire others to use their rights that many don’t have, and to use their abilities to help make a difference in someone’s life.

Dodd hopes to inspire others to use their rights that many don’t have, and to use their abilities to help make a difference in someone’s life.

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