The Deaton Institute is responsive to the needs and challenges of the campus, Columbia community, region, and world. Our current focus includes engaging young people in sharing and applying knowledge to address local and global food insecurity and extreme poverty. We do this through:

The Deaton Scholars Program – led by students, this program forms interdisciplinary student teams to work in a peer mentorship model to create change for food security.

The Zero Hunger Challenge Course – taught by Dr. Kiruba Krishnaswamy and offered through the MU Honors College, this course is complementary to the Deaton Scholar Program to build understanding of hunger and poverty, and to help students make change to move towards the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger.