Winter 2017

6 Years and Counting…

Ronit Ridberg, N11, says her annual fund gifts are markers of a journey.

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NAME: Ronit Ridberg, N11

RIGHT NOW: A doctoral student at the University of California, Davis

RESEARCHING: The role of food as preventive medicine, specifically “prescription programs” for low-income, overweight and obese youth. Run collectively by clinics, hospitals, nonprofits and farmers’ markets, the programs enable pediatricians to offer “prescription” vouchers that can be redeemed for fruits and vegetables at local farmers’ markets. “I’m interested in the extent to which program participation helps increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption or household food security, and whether there are socio-demographic barriers to this impact.”

PAST LIFE: A documentary film producer. After spending two years researching the pharmaceutical industry for the documentary Big Bucks, Big Pharma, she became concerned about the overmedication of society and developed an interest in food policy. Eventually, that interest led her to the Friedman School, where she earned a master’s through the program in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (AFE).

COMING FULL CIRCLE: This year she began mentoring a Friedman student. “I gained a lot from mentors, speaking candidly with alumni on the annual Washington, D.C., alumni trip and through summer internships for which I worked directly with two AFE alumni. It’s so important to connect with people who have been in your position and have come out the other side.”

PAYING IT FORWARD: A Friedman School scholarship recipient herself, she directs her annual giving to financial aid. “Graduate school can be a cost-prohibitive privilege, because it requires interrupting an income stream to further your education. It’s gratifying to contribute to reducing this financial burden for someone else.”

GIVING WHEN YOU CAN: “Large gifts can be a challenge, but parceling it out through monthly payments makes it manageable.”

SIX-YEAR ANNUAL FUND DONOR: That’s a gift a year since graduation. “Marking the number of years I’ve been out of school helps me reflect on my journey since then.” —Divya Amladi

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