“Beyond the physical hub for food systems work on campus, we convene educators to align our curricular pathways to offer solid interdisciplinary opportunities for our students,” said Farmer. “Departments, faculty and lecturers offer a multitude of topics that are relevant for food systems work, and we strive to host a hub to interweave curricular offerings and leverage the expertise of our faculty and off-campus partners.”
Undergraduate and graduate students have access to world-class instructors, research and pedigreed labs in applied food studies and food systems topics. For example, the Food Studies Certificate is a way for students in any undergraduate major on campus to study the foundational concepts of food systems, and then build out their coursework and internship choices in topics and disciplines they find most interesting.
“Many food studies students are passionate and are interested in the multi-disciplinarity of food systems work and research and we are able to provide a broad spectrum of opportunities, where students can learn and engage in ways that prepare them for careers in research and food systems work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors,” said Smith.
Indiana University is home to a rich array of disciplines where food systems and studies research and teaching are conducted. “Within the College and across campus, faculty from multiple disciplines are Food Institute Faculty affiliates, where they have access to colleagues and external partners working across disciplines and across food system issues,” explained Farmer. “Much of what faculty teach and research has real-world, real-time significance for students.”
“Working at the Food Institute has given me the opportunity to meet and collaborate with so many folks from a variety of disciplines across campus,” said Elissa Booras, an M.A. candidate in Anthropology and a Food Institute graduate student intern. “What has been so valuable is the chance to disseminate ideas about cooking, food, and sustainable food systems, as well as getting to learn about these topics from others.