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Food Scholars: Nurturing Cross-Institutional Relationships to Diversify Sustainable Food Systems Education

Seeking a motivated graduate student with an interest in expanding diversity, equity, and inclusion within the food and agricultural sciences. This graduate assistantship will support the implementation of a new USDA-funded collaboration between Spelman College’s Food Studies Program and the University of Georgia’s Sustainable Food Systems Initiative (SFSI).

The Food Scholars Graduate Assistant will collaborate with the project directors and the SFSI Program Assistant to coordinate and implement key project activities at UGA and Spelman College, including:

  • Monthly colloquia at both institutions
  • Cross-institutional student idea exchanges and mentoring opportunities
  • UGA faculty curriculum workshops and inclusive mentor training
  • Internal advisory committee meetings
  • Project evaluation

While the ‘work’ of this Graduate Assistantship will support the development and implementation project activities, the ideal candidate would develop related research for their master’s or PhD thesis. Thus, the ideal candidate would have experience coordinating cross-institutional collaborations, as well as a scholarly interest in one or more of the following topics:

  • DEI, Anti-Racism, and/or Food Justice in food and agricultural sciences
  • Learning communities and communities of practice
  • Curricular reform and inclusive mentoring processes and effects
  • Cross-institutional collaborations

This self-motivated candidate should also ideally have:

  • Project/Program management experience
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Experience with project management software/tools

This 13h/week Graduate Assistantship begins August 2022 and provides a tuition waiver and research stipend, with supervision located in the Department of Crop & Soil Sciences. The initial appointment will be for one year, with an option to renew for a second year. The student will be required to pursue the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems as part of their degree.

First generation college students and students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Please submit a CV and letter of interest by March 15, 2022, to:

Dr. Jennifer Jo Thompson

Director, Sustainable Food Systems Initiative

University of Georgia

Grow It Know It Teacher Training

Join us at the University of Georgia's student garden UGArden (Athens, GA) for 3 days of intensive farm to school educator training. Session topics include soil fertility education, garden planning and planting, curriculum connections, food labs, and more! Fees include materials needed for hands-on training sessions, breakfast, lunch, and GIKI gear. 
Sessions will run from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm June 8th, 9th, and 10th. Participation will be capped in order to maintain social distancing. Registration required by June 1st. See attached flyer for more information and visit the link below to register:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfl9V1ih6TOdOqRNL28Kn-Zh0za2ptlh5lb-w3Vy011SfFCFw/viewform Spread the word!

Sustainable Food Systems Initiative Information Session

Preregister here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrceuvrzIsE9I094yd7ZQAezGgLT6XSXoE

Gather Film Event

The Sustainable Food Systems Initiative is excited to host a FREE screening of the film "Gather" during the week of April 16th - 23rd, along with a panel discussion of the film at 3:00PM EDT April 22nd. For more information, visit the "Gather Film Event" page HERE.

Exploring Interdisciplinary Careers in Sustainable Food Systems Panel Discussion

The Sustainable Food Systems Initiative is hosting a virtual panel discussion focused on identifying and exploring professional opportunities in the interdisciplinary sphere of Sustainable Food Systems. Please join us as we talk with panelists Farmer Jamila Norman of Patchwork City Farms (Atlanta, GA), Dr. Safira Sutton of Boost Biomes, Elizabeth Hill of USDA/ EPA, and Dr. Steven Mirsky of USDA/ Precision Sustainable Agriculture. Registration is required (link below) and questions for the panelists can be submitted to ahead of the event.

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021

Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM EST

Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qQQgSZw5TSebyQg8eYx3Uw

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Hearts of Glass Screening and Discussion

The Sustainable Food Systems Initiative is co-sponsoring a screening and panel discussion of the award winning film "Hearts of Glass".

You can stream the film between Friday, Oct. 23, and Friday, Oct. 30, at showandtell.film/watch/uga and join the panel discussion at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Register for the free panel event here.

Sustainable Food Systems Certificate Info Session

Monday, August 17th, 2020 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM via Zoom:  JOIN HERE

Are you a graduate student interested in sustainability, food justice, and the future of our food systems?  The Sustainable Food Systems Initiative is hosting a virtual information session about the Sustainable Food Systems Graduate Certificate - an interdisciplinary approach to exploring and solving issues of sustainable food production, access, and utilization.    There will also be an update on the National Needs Fellowship program.

Foodshed UGA Faculty Workshops
What we eat and how we eat have major implications for our future sustainability and health.  Foodshed UGA is a new initiative to engage the campus and community in sustainability and innovation through the food we eat.

We want you to join us by engaging your class with this topic and making a tangible difference to improve our food system through interdisciplinary collaboration, partnerships with the local community, and innovative solutions.  Whether you teach composition, history, agriculture, art, public health, or any other discipline, there is a place for you and your students.

Faculty from all disciplines are invited to a 1.5 hour workshop focused on engaging courses with Foodshed UGA as a tool for experiential and service learning.  The workshop will introduce food system curricular materials and resources, campus partners and community needs, and provide an opportunity for cross disciplinary conversation and brainstorming.

Workshops will be offered twice. Please sign up here to attend either date:

Thursday April 25, 2:00-3:30pm
Monday April 29:   8:30am-10am

Foodshed UGA is an initiative of the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, Office of Service-Learning, and the Office of Sustainability in collaboration with valued campus and community partners.

Foodshed UGA

What we eat and how we eat have major implications for our future sustainability and health. Foodshed UGA is an initiative of the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, Office of Service-Learning, and the Office of Sustainability in collaboration with valued campus and community partners, to engage the campus and community in sustainability and innovation through the food we eat.

Foodshed UGA Faculty Workshops:

We want you to join us by engaging your class with this topic and making a tangible difference to improve our food system through interdisciplinary collaboration, partnerships with the local community, and innovative solutions. Whether you teach composition, history, agriculture, art, public health, or any other discipline, there is a place for you and your students.

Faculty from all disciplines are invited to a 1.5-hour workshop focused on engaging courses with Foodshed UGA as a tool for experiential and service learning. The workshop will introduce food system curricular materials and resources, campus partners and community needs, and provide an opportunity for cross-disciplinary conversation and brainstorming.

Interested in learning more about Foodshed UGA and other ways to get involved? E-mail to find out more about this campus and community initiative!

What is a Sustainable Food System?

One of the grand challenges facing humanity over the next 50 years is increasing the security and resiliency of food systems for a growing world population without depleting natural resources or degrading the ecosystems on which long-term sustainability depends. Building sustainable food production, processing and distribution systems will require integrating a wide range of environmental, economic, and social issues. This approach requires a mechanism and structure to develop partnerships and collaboration for research, teaching and outreach. Our goal is to provide a collaborative setting, cutting across the Colleges and Schools at the University of Georgia (UGA), for scientists, students, and practitioners to develop sustainable food systems that address production, energy, water, the environment, economics, health, nutrition, and social justice.