Katie Waeldner

Work Study Student

Katie is a sophomore at Duke University, studying Cultural Anthropology and Global Health and pursuing the pre-med curriculum.  She is deeply interested in the ways in which food access affects an individual's and a community’s health.  At Duke, Katie serves as a Research Assistant at the World Food Policy Center and is a member of a Bass Connections research team investigating the history of health disparities in Durham.  In 2015, Katie co-founded a summer meals program in her hometown in Yarmouth, Maine.  The following summer, she oversaw the program, widely expanding its offerings and serving as an onsite coordinator.  Katie also founded a food voucher program at her local farmers’ market in 2016, providing financial assistance for fresh produce to those in need;  she later served as assistant manager at the market.  She also wrote and obtained a grant to fund weekend food bags for elementary school students in her community.  Katie is eager to continue learning how to be an agent for positive, social change in her local and global communities.