Viviana Barnabas

Class of 2021

Viviana is already working to make a difference in the world, beginning to work on a non-profit organization to empower women in her home country of South Sudan through agriculture. Her agricultural internships at the Sunshine Food Project and Uribiculture Community Farms, as well as her passion for empowering and educating women, spurred her to action. Viviana is grateful for her access to education in the United States, as she has witnessed firsthand the educational limitations placed on women and girls in South Sudan. Her Sudanese identity is central to who she is and motivates her to take the skills she gains in this country back to her homeland to make a positive impact. Viviana says “When you educate a girl, you educate a nation” and “I believe there is no greater tool of development than the empowerment of women, which is why it is so important to me to pursue a higher education.”