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Alumni Success Story

AU Alumna Starts Young

BA, International Relations, minor, Women and Gender Studies, 2007


Carpenter has demonstrated constant dedication to the plight of the poor, immigrants, and migrant workers in various parts of the world. Her interest in human rights began in high school, where she served as president of the Amnesty International Edina High School Chapter and founded a chapter of Free Tibet. While in high school, Carpenter also traveled on her own to New York to intern full-time at Amnesty International. She was the youngest person ever to intern with the organization.

At AU, Carpenter presented her research at two conferences and received AU's highest award for undergraduate research. While studying abroad in Kenya, Anna developed and implemented workshops to raise awareness of the abuse of domestic workers.

Carpenter was recognized for her achievements as a 2007 Harry S Truman Scholar. This award, the national memorial to the 33rd president, is the country's preeminent scholarship for future leaders in the field of public service. Truman Scholars participate in leadership development programs, have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government, and bond as cohorts throughout their professional lives.