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Global Scholars Explore Food Insecurity, Water Scarcity

Rudy Brandl

Students in the Global Scholars Program participated in an interactive learning session led by Amal Stefanos, an Eritrean researcher, writer and educator who approaches her work and teaching through the lens of global citizenship. She was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and her studies have specialized on the Horn and Eastern Africa.

Her session for students focused on the intersection of Food Insecurity and Water Scarcity on a global scale. After learning about the causes, effects and types of food insecurity and water scarcity, students worked collaboratively in groups as "non-profit organizations." Their task was to develop a marketing pitch to raise awareness and money for these causes from "donors." After each group developed their plan, they presented to the larger group.  

“My fellow global scholars and I enjoyed the presentation on food insecurity and water scarcity.  We defined what it meant to be food insecure, who these issues affect, and how we as students can make a change as global citizens,” Nicole Sandrik-Arzadi ’22 said. “My breakout group and I designed a program to combat these issues entitled “Health On-the-Go.”  The program entailed a mobile health food service with traveled to areas facing food scarcity, also known as food deserts, powered with the support of investors and grocery corporations.  I was shocked to hear how prevalent this issue was in my own communities and was inspired to learn and volunteer more.”

“I learned a lot from Ms. Stefanos,” Shiv Tickoo ’22 added. “We talked about different ways to combat food and water scarcity and how those issues affected people in many different communities across the globe. During our breakout activity, we split up into groups and discussed plans that could be implemented to reduce both food and water scarcity. Our group came up with the idea to make a center to grow organic and nutritious food in urban settings. This would provide large and major populated cities with healthy and organic food. An urban setting would allow us to transport the food long distances and allow us to have a larger outreach.”

Students in the Global Scholars Program study Global Citizenship in depth in their junior year focusing on issues, such as the ones presented by Ms. Stefanos in her presentation.  To learn more about the Global Scholars program for students in grades 10-12, please contact Nicole Nolan, Director of Global Scholars and Community Outreach, at