This week’s Student Spotlight is 3rd year Grace Hollis. Along with fellow students Fernando Mercado Violand, Connor Mackenzie, and Millie Mellenkamp, Grace will travel to Bolivia this summer as part of the Jefferson Public Citizens (JPC) program. JPC projects allow students to work with community organizations to research social issues. As a part of their project, titled “Researching the Effects of Microfinance on Women in Law Paz”, Grace says the group will “work with fundación PROFIN, a microfinance NGO in La Paz, to research how females within its community of clients have been effected by the microfinance program.”
Though traveling abroad, Grace will be able to apply many of her experiences at UVA and in Charlottesville to her research. As an intern at the UVA Women’s Center, Grace founded the UVa Chapter of 10×10: Educate Girls, Change the World. She also serves as the editor of the Focus section of the Cavalier Daily.