The Deaton Institute is responsive to the needs and challenges of the MU 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 University of Missouri program forms interdisciplinary student teams to work in a peer mentorship model to create change for food security and related issues.

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 an understanding of hunger and poverty, and to help students make a change to move towards the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger.

We extend our reach beyond the University of Missouri campus through:

Within Reach: Zero Hunger Conference – consists of 4 days of virtual programming with thought-provoking panels, a student pitch competition,  and interactive student professional development sessions. World-renowned speakers and experts in the field of food security including Roger Thurow, Lawrence Haddad, and Catherine Bertini will be joining our discussion.

Expansion and replication of the Deaton Scholars Program model – our research-backed, proven model of student engagement and success in food security and anti-poverty measures have garnered attention from other universities and institutions worldwide. The Deaton Institute team provides the framework and resources for others to adopt a peer-to-peer mentorship, team-based mentorship cohort, and/or classroom model of the Deaton Scholars Program at their institution. Email for more information and to schedule a consultation.