DSP Leadership

The Deaton Scholars Program takes pride in empowering students through leadership roles, the program directorship role, and as members of our Scholar Advisory Board. Each year we adapt our model to best fit the needs and interests of our students. The Spring 2020 program was organized by student Program Leaders with the support of the Scholar Advisory Board, Drs. Deaton, and logistical support provided by CAFNR International Programs. Likewise, a large team of Faculty Advisory Board members provides support to the scholars in their learning and project activities.

DSP Leadership – Fall 2020

The DSP Program Director and Scholar Advisory Board assists in all aspects of planning and implementing events and other activities for the Deaton Scholars Program. Many of our SAB members serve as coaches to our DSP teams.

For general questions, please contact the Deaton Scholars Program email directly: DeatonScholars@missouri.edu.

Program Director: 
Summer Higdon
Email: sdh5zf@mail.missouri.edu
Research Specialist, Center for Agroforestry


Scholar Advisory Board (Fall 2020)
Tuka Bekee
Email: bdb7w2@mail.missouri.edu
Graduate Degree: Applied Social Sciences, International Development Emphasis
Yingjun Chen
Parijat Ghosh
Anadil Iftekhar
Amber Jones, Nursing
Gloria Mangoni Ndindir
Email: gmd6w@mail.missouri.edu
Graduate Degree: Rural Sociology
Adrienne Pyeatt


Former Program Directors/Program Leaders:

The Deaton Scholar Program is led by people who have a passion for addressing the challenges of the world and alleviating the suffering of hunger and poverty. We recognize their hard work with the Deaton Scholars Program and beyond:


Holly Enowski Holly Enowski, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 
Email: hjem9c@mail.missouri.edu / holly.enowski@gmail.com
Undergraduate Degree: Science and Agricultural Journalism (Strategic Communication)
Minors: Business, Agricultural Economics, and International Agriculture
Yanu E. Prasetyo, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020
Email: yepw33@mail.missouri.edu / yanuprasetyo85@gmail.com
Graduate Degree: Rural Sociology
Yassine Dguidegue
Chuka Emezue
Jenifer Pilz, Fall 2019 
Email: pilzjs@missouri.edu
Position: Technology Resource Associate and Coordinator of the Language Resource Lab
Maria Rodriguez Alcalá