Saadhana Deshpande is a native of San Ramon, California, and is a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where they studied Nutritional Science with double minors in Public Policy and Food Systems. At Berkeley, Saadhana worked at the campus Food Pantry, was the co-president of the Queer & Allied Pre-Health Professionals Association (QAPPA), took part in two food justice research groups at the School of Public Health, and continues to work as a member of the Information Resource Collective at the Berkeley Free Clinic. Saadhana is interested in understanding how establishing food sovereignty can ultimately lead to better health outcomes for marginalized populations. This summer, they hope to learn more about centering anti-racism and BIPOC voices in policymaking. They are interning at the Chicago Food Policy Action Council (CFPAC).
Field placement: Chicago Food Policy Action Council