Stocking the food pantry

La Comida Nos Une ( “Food Unites Us”), is a project that examines the scientific, political, socioeconomic, and social justice aspects of sustainable food systems. The project is designed to attract and support undergraduate students from groups that have been historically excluded in order to prepare them for careers related to the food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences.

Key Components

Sustainable Food Systems Minor

This project has developed an interdisciplinary sustainable food systems minor. This interdisciplinary minor provides students with a holistic food systems perspective, ideal for pursuing food system related careers and graduate programs. The minor includes pathways for completion across disciplines.

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Course Enhancement

The enhancement of current course offerings included in the minor to better integrate with each other. For example, instructors of food systems related courses (e.g. Sustainable Agriculture, Human Nutrition, and Food, Nature, Culture) will assess ways to reinforce shared concepts, eliminate redundancies and incorporate novel approaches to food systems hinking. In collaboration with food system partners, a dedicated faculty learning community (FLC) will identify opportunities to increase the inclusion of technical, and decision-making skills within courses to help prepare students for food systems careers.

Sustainable Food Systems Course

Part of this project includes the creation of ANTH 308: Sustainable Food Systems, which is part of the Sustainable Food Systems minor. This interdisciplinary course examines historical, ethical and cultural considerations in food and agriculture industries and paths to food system equity; and emphasizes critical thinking and writing skills to develop solutions for local and national food system sustainability issues.

Faculty Learning Communities

The creation of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC). This project will engage faculty development through a new interdisciplinary FLC for faculty teaching food systems related courses, with a focus on expanding competence in innovative technologies and instructional delivery. The FLC will enhance existing courses with an emphasis on leadership skills development and culturally inclusive pedagogy. 

Cohorts

The creation of a Sophomore/Transfer Student Cohort: This project will enroll students in shared sets of courses and activities.

Internships

Facilitating paid student internships with community food system partners.