Master’s in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2017
B.S., Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Concentration in Human Dimensions at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, 2016
What were you doing before entering the MAPP program?
I graduated from my undergraduate program this past May, and spent the summer working as a Policy Intern with the Farm Animal Protection Campaign at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I wanted to pursue a degree that would help me become a better advocate for animals. The MAPP program seemed like it would assist me in developing better communication skills as well as further my understanding regarding animal policy.
Interests in and experience with animals
During high school I spent a summer working at an animal protection/rehabilitation center. After I entered college, I discovered my passion for farm animals. Since then, I have volunteered with Farm Forward, interned at HSUS, and this fall I am starting a part-time job with Shamayim V’Aretz, an organization that ties together Jewish ideals with animal welfare.
What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this?
I want to focus on farm animals here. Three years ago, I read ‘Eating Animals’ by Johnathan Safran Foer and it completely changed my perspective about farm animals. I realized that the majority of animal suffering that goes on in the world today is due to factory farming, and since I want to help as many animals as possible, I decided to concentrate on farm animal welfare and changing the way we look at food.
What are your career goals?
As a long term goal, I want to change the way we view the animals we eat and how crucial our eating habits are to this planet. I want to improve the way we raise livestock to create a better life for humans, animals, and the environment. Short term, I want to learn how to communicate as effectively as possible, so that I can to spread my message even further and more effectively than before.
What are your outside interests?
I am a singer, and I play piano and am learning how to play guitar! I also enjoy hiking, going to the gym, and cooking.
Number of pets? What?
I have a lizard named is Mali. He is a 12 year old Mali Uromastyx!
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’m very excited to get to know everyone!
MS in Animals and Public Policy
The MS in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) is an intensive, 12-to-16-month graduate degree program that focuses on human-animal relationships and their implications for policy and community action.
Center for Animals and Public Policy
The mission of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy (CAPP) is to conduct and encourage scholarly evaluation and understanding of the complex societal issues and public policy dimensions of the changing role and impact of animals in society. Work conducted by the Center is based on the tenets that animal well-being matters, that animal and human well-being are linked, and that both are enhanced through improved understanding of human-animal relationships.