Livia Karoui

University of the South

Livia Karoui, a junior political science major and history minor, who is also pursuing our innovative Certificate in Civic and Global Leadership at The University of the South, is an emerging scholar-leader with an academically grounded, passionate commitment to tackling the complex issue of food insecurity both domestically and internationally. Drawing on her experience of the immersive food culture of Italy, where she grew up, she worked with a USAID food security program in Ghana during her sophomore year, learning how increasing access to adequate nutrition can foster the economic and social wellbeing of individuals and their communities. Livia has continued to pursue the political, economic and cultural dimensions of food and food security through academic coursework, a co-curricular internship in community philanthropy, and by supporting the work of the largest food bank in our rural southern Appalachian community.

Dr. John McCardell Jr.
Vice-Chancellor and President
University of the South

Personal Statement

Growing up in Italy, I learned that eating is not just a physical need: it is a social activity; eating ties people together into a community and it is shaped by political, economic and cultural factors. During my semester abroad in Ghana, I was able to intern for a USAID food security program which showed me how increasing access to adequate nutrition can foster the economic and social wellbeing of individuals and their communities. Through my classes at Sewanee, I was not only able to learn more about the science behind nutrition but also to design a community engagement project that illustrates the importance of food security through a local lens. Based on my experiences and studies, in 2018, I decided to share what I learned in my experience abroad by organizing an Oxfam Hunger Banquet to help students, faculty, and staff to understand the food inequality that exists in the world today. My twin goals for this coming year are to encourage more students, staff, and faculty at Sewanee to learn about the causes of food insecurity as a step toward strengthening University partnerships with local food banks through volunteering, grant-writing, and fundraising.

Livia Karoui
Political science major, history minor, certificate in civic and global leadership: Class of 2020
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Malaika Michel-Fuller, University of Northern Colorado Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Andrew Spencer, University of St. Thomas Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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