Just Food: Building Equity Competencies with Food Systems Pedagogy

TitleJust Food: Building Equity Competencies with Food Systems Pedagogy
Faculty/College/UnitLand & Food Systems
StatusActive
Duration2 Year
Initiation04/01/2019
Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2019/2020
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorWill Valley
Year 1: Funded Amount37,316
Year 1: Team Members

Will Valley, Instructor / Academic Director, Land, Food, and Community Series, Applied Biology, Faculty of Land and Food Systems / Chair, Sustainable Agriculture Education Association
Meryn Corkery, 4th Year Global Resource Systems Student, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Joyce (Tsai-Yue) Liao, 4th Year Global Resource Systems Student, Faculty of Land and Food Systems / Academic Program Assistant, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems / VP, Roots on the Roof, AMS Club
Stephanie Lim, Graduate Student, Educational Studies
Veronik Campbell, Academic Programs Manager, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
Sarah Fessenden, Instructor, Anthropology, Faculty of Arts
Amy Hanser, Associate Professor, Sociology, Faculty of Arts
Hanae Tsukada, Educational Consultant, Student Diversity Initiative, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Caitlin Gordon-Walker, Instructor, Anthropology, Faculty of Arts
Cyprien Lomas, Assistant Dean, Learning Technologies, LFS Learning Centre, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Year 1: Summary

The “Just Food” Project aims to provide teaching and learning resources for enhancing equity competencies of instructors and students using food systems as a platform for engagement. By bringing diverse standpoints relevant to contemporary food discourses to the table, students and educators will further integrate developments in critiques and awarenesses in teaching and learning, preparing students for their roles as global citizens and future professionals. The project team will conduct a thematic analysis of learning objectives, activities, and assessment metrics on post-secondary courses both within and external to UBC, that employ dimensions of food systems as a platform for learning about social justice issues. This asset-based inquiry will inform the project team’s creation of equity competency tools (ECTs): a set of open-access multimedia resources to facilitate classroom exploration of concepts relating to power and privilege, designed to develop skill sets such as active learning and reflexivity. Provision of ECTs will optimize program curricula by embedding teacher and student growth in areas of equity competencies.