Jennifer Applegate is a graduating MSW student, born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. After a study tour to Northern Ireland, where she witnessed the effects of political oppression and racism, she decided to pursue a career in social work. Jennifer's comprehensive literature review of community gardens examines how the gardens have been shown to lessen violent crime, improve health outcomes, and facilitate social participation in neighborhoods. She proposes a five-year, longitudinal study comparing neighborhoods with and without community gardens in the city of Newark, New Jersey.
Her overarching career goal is to promote social justice and work towards equality, respect, and peace. Community gardens and the "green" movement have become topics of great interest to Jennifer. Especially in times of economic instability, she believes that communities must work together and build relationships in order to flourish. Through her experience with community gardens she is able to serve and work alongside marginalized populations, and work towards her vision that human dignity and love will bring us together in respect and peace