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Serving as a mentor for the Global Food Challenge with Land O'Lakes has been the most rewarding professional and personal experience of my entire career at the University of Minnesota. When Land O'Lakes approached the University of Minnesota, we were thrilled to find how far-reaching this experience would be, not only across this campus but across the nation. Working with colleagues from our peer institutions to find new ways to efficiently feed the world was, and will continue to be, transformative.
Getting a grip on global challenges
The global challenges of food insecurity were felt firsthand by our Emerging Leaders working together for a common purpose. As assistant dean and director of the College of Science and Engineering, I was especially fond of seeing the students studying engineering and science using their technical experiences to solve real-world problems with students and other professionals in business and agriculture. The diversity of backgrounds and experiences and the important transferable skills gained are so crucial in creating successful, simplistic and sustainable solutions to the problems they researched and attempted to solve. As an ambassador to the program for three years, I had the pleasure of working with 32 Global Food Challenge alumni.
Walking the walk
Upon returning from their first visit to Malawi, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe, our Emerging Leaders were so overwhelmed by the local villages and the important work of the women in the households that they took action. We were able to sponsor a 5K run to support Malawian dairy farmers. With the $5,000 raised, these funds were able to sponsor 20 bicycles and dairy cattle to support the villages we visited in Malawi.
The Global Food Challenge is truly a rewarding experience for all.
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