Jenna Thoretz ’21 is a senior from Easton, Connecticut studying political science and public policy with a minor in peace and justice studies.
On campus, she serves as the president of the Peace and Justice Student Council and the vice president of operations of Sigma Sigma Sigma. She also serves as a tour guide, an office assistant for the Political Science Department, and as a peer learning associate. In previous years, Jenna was a participant in the Eisenhower Institute’s Environmental Leadership and Women and Leadership programs.
Jenna spent the fall of 2019 studying global health and development policy in Geneva, Switzerland. During her time abroad, she completed research examining the efficacy of gender mainstreaming across various humanitarian organizations.
She is extremely passionate about international development and peace studies and has had multiple internships with nonprofits focused on these issues. Last summer, Jenna interned at Win Without War in Washington, D.C. as a policy and advocacy intern. This summer, Jenna worked with a local non-profit, Elena’s Light, which provides education for refugee women. She also is a senior management intern with the Asherah Foundation, an organization that promotes locally-led development through women’s higher education.
She hopes to continue in the international NGO field after graduation.