Senior Jennifer Paradis of Vernon, CT participated in the opportunity of a life time by taking her local internship to the nation's capitol. Jennifer is currently interning for Planned Parenthood as a Campus Action Intern, promoting and educating students on subject matters pertaining to gender equity and reproductive health. Jennifer visited Washington D.C. this summer to meet with state representatives , which included attending a Press Conference for Senator Chris Dodd to discuss the Healthier America Campaign. She also met with Congressman Joe Courtney to discuss the importance of Women's Health in the current Health Care Legislation and lobbied for Health Care reform, visiting Representative John Larson and Representative Chris Murphy. She also participated in phone-banking, assisting in recruiting over 200 volunteers for future events to support Health Care Reform.
Jennifer plans to bring all the knowledge and experience she gained back to Eastern and will continue to organize a grass roots effort for social justice. Ms. Paradis will graduate in December of this year with a degree in Sociology. She plans to attend graduate school in 2010 and return to Capitol Hill in the future.