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Jenny Whitcher receives the 2006 Scholarship
While all the applicants presented outstanding credentials, only one could be chosen. This year’s recipient, Jenny Whitcher, graduated cum laude this June with an M.A. in International Human Rights with a focus on Political Economy and a certificate in International Security from the University of Denver’s Graduate School for International Studies. While working on her Masters, Jenny served as the Policy and Systemic Change Committee Chair of the Center on Rights Development at the University of Denver, where she founded the Homeless Initiative of Metro Denver.
This fall she will begin a joint PhD in Religious and Theological Studies with a concentration in Religion and Social Change at the Illif School of Theology and the University of Denver. Jenny is interested in focusing her studies on the influence of religion in international relations and politics, as well as, the influence of religion in humanitarian aid efforts, the formation of non-profits and NGOs, and the global efforts to end poverty, disease, conflict, and human rights abuses.
Jenny received her B.A. from New York University, where she majored in Journalism, and double minored in Politics and Studio Art.
It was said by one of her references: “Extraordinary in her commitment, outstanding in her leadership skills, she is a person of exemplary character. The promise in this world is brightened every time I see a young person like Jenny whose idealism is contagious yet sobered by the reality of her extensive experience in third world situations.”
In her application Jenny wrote: “My decision to originally apply for the Joint PhD program stems from a personal, academic and professional vocation in humanitarian efforts founded on my faith-based belief that all people deserve basic security, civil rights and broader human rights.”
Jenny’s career goals are to be involved in international policy formation, and to work towards greater global coordination and cooperation in prevention and response to international conflicts, human rights abuses, and humanitarian needs. She believes that religion has an influential role in this area and hopes to bridge gaps in understanding, tolerance, and communication between world religions and between religious sects in order to create more sustainable global social change.
When we celebrate what’s right with God’s world we celebrate young adults like Jenny.
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