Danielle Breidung '13

My background in sociology and anthropology has profoundly and positively impacted my education, career, and interpersonal relationships since graduation. Pursuing a sociology and anthropology major at Washington and Lee offered me to the flexibility to take classes in multiple disciplines and locations around the world. Additionally, the sociology and anthropology faculty offered encouragement and mentorship that helped me transformed my inquisitive tendencies into knowledge and skills which have led to subsequent academic and professional success. Overall, I attribute much of my passion for social justice and interest in the world and its people to the academic preparation I received at W&L.

Currently I serve as the coordinator of the Lowcountry Area Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is an IRS-sponsored program that provides free income tax preparation services for low-to-moderate income families across the United States. In the six southern-most counties in South Carolina, I manage 55 volunteers who serve over 2,200 clients and return between $3 and 4 million dollars to the local economy annually.