In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantining at home, University School of Milwaukee senior Tesse Okunseri ’21 has put together a cookbook in partnership with REDgen, an organization dedicated to youth mental health and well being. The cookbook includes recipes tested and submitted by Upper School students, faculty, and staff.
“I got the idea for this project after seeing a blog post about using a cooking challenge to build community in the digital workplace while in quarantine,” said Okunseri. “Many people turned to cooking and baking during this time as a form of therapy, and the virtual cookbook was geared towards bringing the USM community together through food. I enjoy having the opportunity to form bonds on a personal level, while also making the community as a whole a better place.”
Okunseri serves as a student leader for REDgen which, along with USM, sponsors speakers throughout the school year. The speaker series events are free and open to the public, and are designed to foster conversations about what it means to live a healthy, balanced life.