Christine Jacobs is a second year, full-time Master of Public Policy student at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. She holds a Master of Teaching degree from the University of Virginia (2001) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Tech (1999). Christine came to Batten after a 15-year career as a middle school teacher. She is married with two children and loves hiking, traveling and spending time with her family. Christine spent her career motivating at-risk, low-income students to reach their academic potential in the hopes that higher education would be a reality for them. In 2013, she received the Mentor Award from the Albemarle County Rotary Club for her work with first-generation college students in a program called AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). With her dedication and leadership, her school was recognized as an AVID National Demonstration School; one of only 136 Demo sites nationally and internationally out of over 4800 schools with the program.
Christine believes that in an ever-diversifying society, it is our obligation, as scholars, policy makers, and volunteers to protect minority and low-income families from inequitable access to opportunity. She is particularly interested in studying how broader social contexts, including economic, political, legal and social climates contribute to inequity. Christine hopes to use her experiences to help her strengthen private-public partnerships in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services delivered to the general public.