Nethmi Bathige is a native of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and is a rising senior at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Nethmi majors in biology and geography while completing concentrations in Food, Agriculture, and Society (FAS) and Community and Global Health (CGH). She is also currently working on her senior honors project about food security among smallholder farmers in Sri Lanka. Nethmi is interested in creating equitable and just food systems for everyone and has volunteered on the food policy team of a local climate justice non-profit called MN 350. This summer, she hopes to hone her advocacy skills so she can better help her local community overcome food insecurity. She is interning at the food shelf of the Centre for Asian & Pacific Islanders (CAPI USA) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Field placement: CAPI USA