Lady Dorothy Elli
"Nothing warms my heart more than to see the smiles on the faces of people I serve as I teach little children the value of food and nutrition or volunteer at local refugee centers."
Freshman, Public Health and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona
As a first-generation immigrant from the Philippines, Lady Dorothy witnessed how food insecurity and poor nutrition could hinder school performance and overall well-being. In high school, she volunteered with Casa Maria, Casa Alitas and the Iskashitaa Network to prepare and serve food to impoverished populations and refugee groups in Tucson. As an intern at Martha Cooper Library, she was involved in the lunch program for children in the nearby neighborhood as well as the library club that provided free academic resources to high school students.
Inspired by her mother, who graduated from college in the Philippines and supported her family, Lady Dorothy was determined to make college a priority and make an impact in her community. Now a college freshman, she is passionate about advocacy and health education. She holds nutrition talks in parishes, libraries, science centers and schools to teach about healthy eating and living. She has also created the Wildcat Garden for students to grow their own produce on campus.