Randa Wilkinson receives Leah Horowitz Humanitarian Award
Randa Wilkinson, our Director of Training at the PDI and a 1985 graduate of the Friedman School of Nutrition, was recently presented with the Leah Horowitz Humanitarian Award, which recognizes Friedman alumni who have demonstrated a substantial commitment to forging relationships based on service in humanitarian field work; strive to achieve lasting change by empowering individuals in their local communities; and Seek to bridge cultures and create systems-based solutions to problems. This award remembers Leah Horowitz (FPAN '06), who died tragically in a car accident in Ghana in May of 2009.
Leah was a tireless advocate for student involvement in the daily life and broader mission of the Friedman School. Leah pushed herself and her fellow students to work across disciplines, think more critically, and make greater change in the world. Randa's humanitarian contributions in the nutrition profession include working to reduce goiter in Indonesia, decrease undernutrition in Mauritania, increase early initiation of breastfeeding in Indonesia, and working with communities worldwide to discover existing solutions to the most challenging problems that they face. Randa's dedication to advocating for vulnerable populations in worst-case scenarios has led to thousands of lives being positively impacted by her actions. Congratulations Randa, we are so grateful to have you be a part of the PDI team!