If you've made it this far you probably already know that I'm Brigitte Potter! I'm a Masters student studying International Migration and Public Policy (IMPP) at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) for the 2023-2024 academic year.
The road to get to LSE this year as taken a lot of twists and turns. I graduated from UW-Milwaukee in December 2016 with a Bachelor's in English as a Second Language Education. Teaching is no joke (praise hands for all the teachers!) and the classroom was not for me. Post graduation I taught English in refugee camps in Greece for 3 months. I became fascinated with migration and refugees. I returned home, worked for a while, then spent a month in Uganda interning with a maternal health organization. I returned home again and built a life I was very proud of with my husband Dan. Over the last 5 years I worked for school districts then a real estate investment company doing accounting and finance work.
Refugees, forced migration, and displacement never left the picture as I volunteered for the International Institute of Wisconsin, Catholic Charities, Hanan Refugee Relief Services, and continue to work with CRIBS, all organizations providing (or who provided) services for refugees.
I wanted to make the shift to working full time in the migration/refugee field so I decided to apply to the IMPP program. I was awarded the Global Grant Scholarship for Rotary District 6270. Once I was admitted to the program and with the generous support of District 6270 and Rotary International, it became a no-brainer that I'd be moving to London in September 2023. So here we go!