2018 PFIG Recipient Anna Bostwick

Anna Bostwick – June 25th, 2018

2018 PFIG Winner
Anna Bostwick
Major: Cognitive Science and Psychology
UVA 2019

Internship: Becky Lee Women's Support Fund, Washington, DC

Read about my internship

Journal Entry #1

Hello! My name is Anna Bostwick and I am a rising fourth year at UVA. I am pursuing majors in Cognitive Science and Psychology, as well as a minor in Women and Gender Studies. This summer, I am working at Becky’s Fund, a non-profit based in Washington, D.C. that works to prevent domestic violence through advocacy, education, and direct client services.

This summer, we are running our Men of CODE program with football teams at 3 high schools in the D.C. area. Through Men of CODE, we educate male high school football players about domestic violence, consent, healthy relationships, leadership, mental health, and masculinity to give them the tools to be a part of the solution against domestic violence and leaders in their communities. I will be teaching at one of these schools 3 days a week for seven weeks, starting this week! In preparation for teaching, I have been preparing the curriculum for these lessons over the past few weeks. In addition, I have been busy making social media posts, doing outreach for our annual fashion show fundraiser, and researching the effects of trauma on domestic violence survivors.  

As a Cognitive Science and psychology double major, I have especially enjoyed researching and learning more about trauma and its effect on survivors. I am aiming to publish this research to our website in order to provide the public with more information on this important topic. While there has been growing public awareness of traumatic brain injuries and PTSD in veterans and football players, domestic violence survivors have largely been left out of this conversation. The trauma they endure is severe and has long-lasting effects on the brain, especially due to the repeated nature of the violence. I hope that the work I am doing will bring this issue to light and contribute to the much-needed conversation about domestic violence and trauma. 

Another exciting aspect of the internship was having the opportunity to attend a conference in Tuscon, Arizona that focused on mobilizing men and boys in the fight against domestic violence. Over 200 people attended from across the country, and it was a very humbling experience collaborating with so many inspiring groups making a positive impact in their communities. Organizations such as Men Can Stop Rape, Break the Cycle, and the Office Against Violence Against Women spoke about sustainable organizations, policy development, challenges in non-profit work, and tips for engaging young men and boys. 

All in all, the past three weeks have been a whirlwind, and I feel so fortunate for the opportunity to work at Becky’s Fund this summer. I can already tell I am going to learn so much that will help me in my career. If you’d like to learn more about the organization, check out our website at http://www.beckysfund.org or our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. Thanks for tuning in!  

Journal Entry #2

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Journal Entry #3

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