Please introduce yourself (name, year, hometown, etc)! What are your major(s) and minor(s)? What are you involved in on campus?
My name is Mallory Cerkleski! I am from Key West, Fla., and I am a member of the Class of 2020. My majors are Sustainable Food Systems and Political Science. On campus, I am the President of the Food Justice Club, the Coordinator of the Mobile Oasis Farmers Market, and a Community Scholar.
What are your passions and areas of interest?
My passion is food! I love everything about food from agriculture and farming, to cooking, to culture, to workers rights, to issues of access. I think that I am so drawn to food because it really connects everyone and relates to everything; it’s so universal.
When and where did you go abroad? What was the format of your program? What did you enjoy about your specific program?
I went abroad Fall 2018 to Ecuador, Malawi and Italy. The program was called Rethinking Food Security (now called Food Systems) through the School for International Training’s (SIT) international honors program (IHP). There were 15 traveling students all from different universities in the U.S. and we had two traveling staff: our professor and trustee fellow who did pretty much everything from helping us when we were sick to making sure we boarded our planes on time. We started in Berkeley, California for two weeks studying the U.S. Food system and then went to Quito, Ecuador where we stayed with host families. We traveled for a week through the Andes studying the food system throughout and then we went to Malawi where we stayed in Lilongwe for a week and then went to the rural village of Gowa where we stayed with host families and then we went to Italy where we were in Rome for a week and then lived in Torino for a week with our host families.