Mary Dinnean, a junior double majoring in Psychology and Public Health at Roger Williams University, is a student leader active in addressing public health issues through the Food Recovery Network (FRN). She has actively addressed issues of social justice and public health since her first year at RWU. She has traveled to Jamaica with Amizade, a global service learning organization. While there, she was a teacher's aid in underfunded classrooms, working with second and third graders, most of whom had various learning disabilities. She is also an active member of the RWU health advocacy group HAWE, which has earned national awards for their health awareness presentations and initiatives. In the coming year, Mary will focus on the Food Recovery Network, organization that has experienced exponential growth in 4 years. As their President, Mary will facilitate the expansion of FRN's capacity and ultimately increase food recovery, serve additional partner organizations, and engage more RWU students.
Health as a human right is an issue that is an integral part of who I am and the evolvement I immerse myself in. I credit my love for health to my mother, who was one of the first nurses in America to agree to treat HIV/AIDS patients in Los Angeles in the early 1980's. Growing up, I witnessed firsthand her dedication to making our world a better place; it is her spirit that has inspired me engage in all the work I do today. On campus I am a peer Health and Wellness Educator (HAWE), a position that delivers general health programming and information to my campus community. Off campus, I am the president-elect of my university's' Food Recovery Network Chapter (FRN). FRN is a movement dedicated to ending food waste and inequality by donating food from my school's dining hall and delivering it to various shelters around Rhode Island three times a week. I am also currently involved in the planning and organization of a statewide initiative to end food-waste throughout Rhode Island.