Jennifer Glen Incorporates Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Community Work in Connecticut
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical components of Jennifer Glen’s worldview. As a prospective medical school applicant, her goal is to use the skills she has acquired in the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk to advocate for equal and accessible healthcare for all, and to represent those who are underrepresented in the world of medicine and healthcare.
Glen has already started. Recently, she lobbied at her former high school and middle school to provide free menstrual products inside their restrooms. As she researched, she discovered that in 2018, the New York State Senate passed a law that required menstrual products to be implemented in bathrooms from 6th grade to 12th grade. Now she’s pushing Westchester County legislators to fully enforce this law in all public schools throughout the county.
“Period poverty is a true thing,” says Glen. “I believe no one should have to suffer any inhuman conditions because they simply can’t afford menstrual products.”
A few months ago, Glen also used her Junior League skills to start a petition to mill and repave a hazardous New York State owned road that runs through her hometown of Elmsford, New York. The petition received over 2,000 signatures and resulted in Glen meeting with the New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins. While she hadn’t met with high profile officials before, Glen stepped out of her comfort zone to represent and defend her hometown. Several weeks later, Cousins was able to secure a $4 million grant to mill and repave the road.
Whether she’s advocating for free menstrual products in schools, getting dangerous roads paved, or partnering with organizations that cater to the large Hispanic population in the southern section of Fairfield County, Glen credits her League with helping her to make an impact.
“The Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk and the amazing women I’m surrounded by have truly inspired me to be a voice for those that may not have a voice and to those who may feel discouraged to speak up,” Glen says.