Sarayu Adeni is the global health program coordinator at the Department of Population Health. She is Dell Med’s liaison to the UT International Office and facilitates global health activities involving faculty, residents, students and partners at UT Austin and in Kenya and Mexico.
Adeni served as a peace corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 2010-2012, building PEPFAR-funded teen health promotion groups and supporting women’s and girls’ involvement in community development projects. Originally from Austin, Adeni previously worked for the environmental education non-profit EcoRise and with the prevention and early intervention division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. In her free time, she currently supports refugee girls resettled in Austin via the nonprofit GirlForward.
Adeni earned her Master of Public Administration in development practice‚ an interdisciplinary degree in sustainable development 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 a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a bridging disciplines certificate in international studies from The University of Texas at Austin. She also studied abroad in Chile with the School for International Training.