Victoria is the grassroots advocacy intern for Shot@Life and started working with the campaign in September of this year. In her role, Victoria helps support our grassroots team and our champion advocates.
Learn more about her in our Q&A below!
How long have you been with Shot@Life?
I have been working with the Shot@Life team for about a month! I am from Trumbull, CT and a third year Political Science and Sociology double major at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. This Fall 2019, I am participating in Holy Cross’ Washington Semester Program, and will be interning with the United Nations Foundation until mid-December.
What has been your favorite moment since joining the team?
I am so fortunate to be working with such an intelligent, kind, and talented team. I learn something new each day and am so thankful for my experience thus far. Interacting with our champions during the Fall Leadership Summit and Hill Day are among my favorite moments with Shot@Life. It is amazing to be surrounded by a group of advocates who are passionate about protecting children worldwide and who stand strong in our belief that every child deserves access to life-saving vaccines. The dedication that our champion community practices every day inspires me.
What do you think the biggest challenge is for vaccine advocacy?
I believe that a great challenge for vaccine advocacy is the sheer magnitude of information that is accessible online and on social media. It can be difficult to determine fact from fiction when there are so many conflicting pro-vaccine, anti-vaccine, and vaccine hesitant voices in the conversation. As vaccine advocates, we must persist in combating false information with facts. We will continue educating others that vaccines are safe and effective. We have a tangible, scientifically proven solution — vaccines work!
What do you wish people knew about advocacy?
I wish more people would recognize their own ability to be a powerful advocate. Every individual has a voice that deserves to be heard and a story worthy of sharing. A special aspect of advocacy is that it is a personalized experience. Individuals can champion causes they believe in at any level they are comfortable with and still make a difference in the world!
What excites you most about your work?
The most exciting aspect about working with Shot@Life is that we are mobilizing an incredible group of people to help accomplish a global health milestone that will ensure the health and safety of children, and entire populations, worldwide.
Why did you join the Shot@Life team?
The structure of the College of the Holy Cross’ Washington Semester Program involves an internship, independent research thesis closely related to my internship and double major, and a public policy seminar. I am very passionate about global health, and have done advocacy work with Binky Patrol, Girls Inc., and Working for Worcester, a community initiative designed to better the family spaces in Worcester, MA. My father is an oncologist and my mother is a nurse, and I grew up talking with them, and my doctors, about healthcare and the importance of vaccines. I deeply admire Shot@Life’s commitment to giving every child a shot at life and providing them with the future they deserve. I am so grateful for my Shot@Life internship experience and am confident that I will continue advocating for our cause and helping build solid relationships with members of Congress to ensure our critical programs are supported.
Do you have any fun facts that our champions may not know about you?
Until college, I have been the youngest person in my grade every year! (I have a
late birthday — 12/02/1999)