This student-originated studies program (SOS) will provide opportunities for students to complete advanced research and independent projects in sustainable campus food systems. Students can register for learning opportunities between 2 and 16 credits.
Students will study the history of food service at Evergreen and at institutions of higher education more generally. We will further scrutinize the political economy of corporate food service companies, including a power analysis of their structures, supply chains, and labor conditions as well as their benefits, costs, impacts, and any unintended consequences of corporate food service on college campuses. Moreover, we will study colleges with self-operating food systems or ones that are considering them, like Western Washington University.
Learning modalities include weekly meetings such as seminar, workshops, research work space, and peer review sessions. The program will offer workshops on qualitative research methods and survey design, so that for the independent projects, students will have the tools and opportunity to conduct surveys with students, staff, and faculty on the topic of food service on campus (including soliciting feedback about the current food system and suggestions for the future). We will also examine the current food service contract, study the current campus food policies, and draft proposals for the future of food service on campus. Students will compile their research into a final report that they will present and share to the larger campus community--including other students, administration, staff, and faculty.
Registration for this SOS is by faculty signature. Students should contact the faculty member to propose a plan of study and number of credits you would like to register for.
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Food and agriculture: sustainable agriculture, food policy, local food systems, food service operations, planning and community development