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JFEW Scholar Sofia Villalon is connecting her community through food

Posted By Jamie Spence, Monday, October 30, 2017
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018


Sofia, a senior at SUNY Geneseo, was recently awarded the Frank Vafier ’74 Ambassadors Grant in Leadership, and with it she brought to life the Credo Kitchen.

The Credo Kitchen brings local immigrant and refugee chefs to the SUNY Geneseo campus in order to bridge cultural gaps, and foster a community of love, acceptance, and learning. So far the Credo Kitchen has featured chefs spanning from Ethiopia to Pakistan, and more! Sofia believes that, "Food can be used as a political tool, and a tool for love and learning. If we use food strategically it can be an important part of our peace process." Check out this video about the Credo Kitchen’s first event!

Sofia was also invited to attend the 10th Annual Clinton Global Initiative conference to represent SUNY Geneseo this October.  Sofia says that the sessions she attended taught her a lot about how to facilitate conversations surrounding a variety of social, educational, and political issues.

Sofia says, “Whatever I do moving forward, it will be something that I’m passionate about.” Sofia is adamant about finding experiences that will enrich her, and give her new opportunities to learn. She is looking for opportunities to continue to use the culinary arts as a way to bring about social and political change, and to foster a community of inclusion and acceptance.


** You can find updates on Sofia’s Credo Kitchen by following her Facebook page, Credo Kitchen: destination dinners!

Tags:  SUNY Geneseo  SUNY International Relations Scholar 

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