The Batten Student Life blog was initiated in fall 2011 as a way to connect current students, alumni, faculty and staff about events and developments in the Batten community. In this one central place, you can read about everything from student policy projects and recent intramural sports games to alumni updates and current faculty research.

Anyone and everyone from the Batten community is encouraged to submit a post! For more information, please see the Submission tab.

Moderator Bios

Kaitlin Brennan – Kaitlin Brennan is a second year student in the Batten School’s accelerated program with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Environmental Thought and Practice. She is interested in domestic and international energy and environmental policy. Last summer, she interned with Global Policy Group in Washington, D.C. Kaitlin is the Community Engagement Chair for Batten Council.

Maddie Bergner— Maddie is a second year in the Batten accelerated program with a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and a concentration in Chinese Studies. Her policy interests are focused on regional cooperation in East Asia, particularly regarding energy and resource security. She spent last summer interning at the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei, writing for the Chamber’s monthly business publication. Maddie is currently the Secretary for Batten Council.

Aaron Chafetz – Aaron is returning to Charlottesville for his last year in the Batten School after spending the summer interning in DC at the International Economic Development Council. His undergraduate studies in foreign affairs and economic have spurred his interest in policy fields from food and nutrition to poverty and inequality.  Aaron currently serves as the president of the Batten Council.


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