First-generation graduate student Lisa Pham is motivated to pursue graduate school based on her family’s love of food and the connections that can come from sharing a meal.
Where do you consider to be your hometown?
What is your degree program?
Master’s degree in public health; nutrition concentration
What motivates you?
My motivations are my friends, family, and the community. My parents display their love through food. Therefore, food has always been a form of connection for me. By sharing a meal, we tap into a source of deep connection. Food security ties everything together, so if individuals do not have access to food, that can impact their relationship and the world. I hope to alleviate hunger and change the food system by addressing the historical and current effect of structural racism on our food and agricultural systems.
Why did you choose UNC-Chapel Hill?
I picked UNC-Chapel Hill because they have an excellent MPH program and professors whose passion lies with food security among marginalized populations that I hope to work with. Another reason is that I also want to be close to my parents.
How have you built community at Carolina?
I built a community at Carolina by creating a circle of supportive friends passionate about public health. I joined organizations to keep my connection with Carolina and its community. DSS also has helped me connect with other first-gen students!
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