Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley
The Foodscape Mapping Project Report
From 2015 to 2021, BFI hosted a project called Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley. The project brought together active collaborators from across campus to help bridge the gaps between food and justice within our campus community.
Through a series of workshops aimed at developing emotional intelligence and a more comprehensive understanding of issues of privilege, race, class, gender, sexuality, and other forms of marginalization in food research, teaching, operations, and activism on campus, project leaders learned that the biggest barrier to changing our campus food system was understanding the system itself: all the players, individual and departmental decision-makers, and how different parts of the campus food landscape (“foodscape”) interact.
Given those findings, project collaborators came together to begin the creation of the dynamic “Foodscape Map” that aims to both reveal barriers to the full participation of historically marginalized community members in food-related learning and practice on campus — encompassing (but not limited to) teaching, research, student organizations and activism, administrative decisions and initiatives, support services, campus gardens, and dining services, eateries, catering, and other procurement — and highlight opportunities and successes in overcoming such obstacles.
Fanshel, R. Z., & Iles, A. (2022). “Mapping Inequity: The Campus Foodscape as Pedagogy and Practice.” Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 6. https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fsufs.2022.759076
Fanshel, Rosalie Z., and Alastair Iles. 2020. “Transforming the Campus Foodscape Through Participatory Mapping.” Case Studies in the Environment 4 (1120325). https://doi.org/10.1525/cse.2020.1120325
The interactive Campus Food Players diagram below shows Berkeley’s “foodscape” of academic units, student leadership groups, service units, and physical facilities, organized by formal reporting structure, allowing you to see at a glance how decisions and funding travel through the system.
The interactive Geographic Asset Map shows the locations of the most important food-related services and facilities at UC Berkeley, from crucial Basic Needs Services like the UC Berkeley Food Pantry, to campus gardens, eateries, and self-service facilities (lactation rooms, microwaves, water refill stations, and zero-waste stations) in and around campus buildings.
This section of the Foodscape Map analyzes the past and present of agriculture coursework and research at UC Berkeley and how diversity, equity, and inclusion have factored into UC Berkeley’s pedagogical approach to food and agriculture studies. Included here are a timeline of food and agriculture coursework at UC Berkeley and an infographic and thesis on addressing inaccessibility of research spaces on campus.
UC Berkeley contains more than ten campus gardens where students and staff are growing food and curating experiential learning opportunities. Campus also houses areas where students can access clean water and a safe place to reheat food. This section of the Foodscape Map explores these campus avenues for food production and consumption.
In this part of the Foodscape Map, we analyze aspects of UC Berkeley’s food and beverage service units, including the Basic Needs Security, University Health Services, and staff wellness programs. This data collection led to the creation of the Coalition for Healthy Campus Food and Beverages and the Staff Basic Needs Working Group.
Our team collected data on how students interact with UC Berkeley’s food landscape through Greek Life, student cooperatives, and food-related student groups. Interviews also focused on student reflections on diversity, equity, and inclusion within campus food work.
Principal Investigator: Alastair Iles, Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Founding Faculty Co-director, Berkeley Food Institute
Lead Researcher and Project Manager: Rosalie Z. Fanshel, Program Manager, Berkeley Food Institute; PhD Student, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
Campus Food Equity and Inclusion Policy Fellow: Joyce Lee, Master’s Student, Public Health Nutrition
Research Assistant: Kevin Tuok, Undergraduate Student, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Berkeley Food Institute, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence, Multicultural Education Program, Food Pantry, Cal Dining, Student Environmental Resource Center, Student Organic Garden Association, Berkeley Student Food Collective, GradFood, CityFood, University Health Services, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, Department of Geography, and Department of Sociology
This project was supported by the Berkeley Food Institute, the UC Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship Program, the College of Natural Resources Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) program, the College of Letters and Sciences Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP), the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC), Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Faculty Cluster Intervention Grant, and donors to an October 2016 fundraising campaign through the UC Berkeley Crowdfunding platform.
The Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley project was founded in 2015 with a grant from the UC Berkeley Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Innovation Grant Program. Project partners include the Berkeley Food Institute, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence, Multicultural Education Program, and Student Environmental Resource Center.
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