Malak Kudaimi joins 1,000 Days as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow in the 25th class of Fellows in 2018-2019. She graduated with Phi Betta Kappa and honors from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy and International Studies. Throughout her time in college, Malak was vocally active in establishing and maintaining food security efforts, first as an intern helping establish a permanent food pantry at UCI, and then as the Programming Student Manager at the UCI FRESH Basic Needs Hub, one of the largest college basic needs center in the country. Malak has also spent time conducting qualitative research during her time at UCI, first on the leading factors of food insecurity on campus and then on the factors that affect the health and well-being of first-generation college students. During the first part of her Emerson Fellowship,Malak worked with the University District Food Bank in Seattle on a project related to the organization’s college hunger initiative.