Anneka Henry began her history of social activism as a high school student at Pacific Crest Community School, when she became involved with the United Nations gender-equality group Girl Up. The founder and club president of Pacific Crest Girl Up, Anneka Henry attended the second annual Girl Up leadership conference, where she lobbied for birth control access for girls and women in under-resourced countries.
Ms. Henry remained socially active as she began her undergraduate education at Southern Oregon University, where she helped establish the school's social justice conference. Dedicated to promoting political activity by students, Anneka Henry advocated for passage of the Equal Housing Opportunity bill by the Ashland, Oregon, City Council.
Anneka Henry transferred to Portland State University in 2016 and, since that time, has participated in and coordinated several fundraising events on campus. She has also volunteered with a number of projects there, including the Kids First Project and Vital Voices, which work to build leadership opportunities for girls and young women. She has also participated in the Polar Plunge, which raises funds for Special Olympics, and assumed a leadership role as a fundraising coordinator for a local domestic violence service shelter.
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While a sophomore in high school, Anneka Henry spent a summer in Ghana volunteering at a village primary school. This experience fostered her already present desire to help children. Upon her return, she became involved with Girl Up, an organization sponsored by the United Nations to help prevent child marriage among girls in developing countries. Anneka Henry started a Girl Up chapter at her high school, and led a fundraising event that which netted $2,500 for the cause.
As a student at Southern Oregon University, Ms. Henry took an active part in the Oregon Students Association Delegation and supported the Equal Housing Opportunity Bill, an initiative in Ashland that protects students from renting discrimination. Now at Portland State University (PSU), Anneka Henry has continued her philanthropic activities, fundraising for the Special Olympics and leading an event that raised $1,500 for Bradley Angle Shelter, a refuge for individuals affected by domestic violence. She has also volunteered for Kids First Project and Vital Voices to help foster leadership among young women.
In her spare time, Ms. Henry enjoys films, reading and walking. She is pursuing a communications degree at Portland State University.
Anneka Henry transferred to Portland State University in 2016 and, since that time, has participated in and coordinated several fundraising events on campus.
Anneka Henry, a student at Portland State University (PSU), is an advocate for women’s empowerment and education. She spent three years volunteering and fundraising for Girl Up at her high school in Portland, Oregon. Girl Up is an organization sponsored by the United Nations to help prevent child marriage among girls in developing countries. Ms. Henry participated in the Girl Up leadership summit in Washington D.C., where she advocated for girls in developing nations to have access to birth certificates, which would allow them mobility in their societies.
At Portland State University (PSU), she has taken Women’s Studies classes to further her understanding and knowledge of social inequalities. Anneka Henry is a fierce advocate for the education of girls and women, and appreciates its vital role in helping societies create gender equality around the world. At PSU, she has supported Bradley Angle Shelter, which supports women impacted by domestic violence.
Ms. Henry’s interests outside of advocacy include films, reading, yoga and walking. Her academic focus at PSU is communications.