The narratives of students and staff involved in food-related groups on campus are captured here. These stories, recorded by staff and student researchers affiliated with BFI, are a small fraction of those involved in food-related student groups on campus. Our aim was to understand more about the people involved including their perspectives on the work they do with their groups. More narratives to come soon from the of UC Berkeley student groups.
Chrissy Badaracco, Co-chair, GradFood
Interview excerpt: “Our group of graduate students includes a very diverse set of people from throughout the university with different interests, different cultural backgrounds, different focuses of study. I’d say it’s not necessarily intentional, but our events and the content of our events, the venues for our events, are always very diverse, I think, and welcoming for students from all backgrounds and with all needs.”
Chrissy will graduate with her Master of Public Health in 2017 and then begin her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital to become a registered dietitian. In her future career, she hopes to improve the American food system and help people improve their health through food and healthy lifestyles. Before coming to Berkeley, she graduated from Princeton with a degree in biology and then worked in the Office of Water at the EPA. Her food-related work at Berkeley has included writing an evaluation plan for the campus nutrition policy for her master capstone; serving as co-chair of GradFood; teaching several different nutrition courses as a GSI; leading a healthy breakfast workshop series for public health students; serving as a peer leader for The Body Project to combat disordered eating and body image among students; and being a part of BFI’s student council.
Interview by Natalia Semeraro and Nathalie Munoz.