Sarayu Adeni is the global health program coordinator at the Department of Population Health. She is Dell Med’s liaison to Texas Global and facilitates global health activities involving faculty, residents, students and partners at UT Austin and in Kenya and Mexico.
Originally from Austin, Adeni’s past work and current interests involve sustainable development, youth engagement, K-12 education, community health and communications, both internationally and in the U.S. She served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 2010 to 2012 building PEPFAR-funded teen health promotion groups and supporting women’s and girls’ involvement in local development projects. Since 2017, she has been a mentor in GirlForward’s program for refugee teens resettled in Austin. Adeni previously worked for the environmental education nonprofit EcoRise and with the Prevention and Early Intervention division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Adeni earned her Master of Public Administration in sustainable development practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. During that time, she completed a graduate consultancy with The Earth Institute’s K-12 education initiatives in Ghana and an internship with Human Rights Watch as part of the Global Coalition to Protect Education From Attack. Adeni has both a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an interdisciplinary certificate in global studies from The University of Texas at Austin. She also studied culture, development and social justice while abroad in Chile with the School for International Training.