A researcher never stops researching…

I graduated from Wichita State University on Friday, May 11, 2012, with my Master’s of Arts in Communication.

I. Am. Done. With. School.

Forever.

Not kidding.

Ph.D.? Psh.

However, I fell head over heels in love with research, and I fell even harder for hunger.

I started my hunger research in September 2011 with a team of eight graduate and undergraduate students and our professor. Our first mission was a trip to Numana in Eldorado, Kan., where I learned about Rick McNary and his family’s work fighting international, national and local hunger.

I wanted to be a part of that fight, especially on the local level where I knew I could make a difference.

We created an initiative to increase hunger awareness on campus and determine the nature and scope of food security and hunger in the campus community. We hosted a food packaging event and a focus group discussion to accomplish our goals.

Our research determined we needed to do more research. We needed a bigger sample, quantitative data and another initiative. We needed a conversation.

A conversation about hunger.

A problem cannot be solved if the problem will not be voiced. Stigma surrounding the topic of food security and hunger prevents the community from discussing it.

I want to remove some of that stigma.

My graduate project was to write a proposal to the university to create a Campus Kitchens Project chapter at WSU.

When I am given the opportunity, I will submit my proposal for review, and I will present my research and the research my colleagues have done to the university administration.

I will get that kitchen. Our community needs that kitchen. Our community needs to speak out against hunger, and it will start at WSU.

I might be done with school, but I will never be done with this cause.

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