New Opportunity: Graduate Fellowship in Equity and Inclusion

2017-18 UC Global Food Initiative Fellowship at UC Berkeley
Focus: Equity and Inclusion     

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 9pm Pacific Time


The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a student fellowship opportunity with the University of California Global Food Initiative (GFI). This fellowship will allow an outstanding graduate student to serve as the Fellow for Equity and Inclusion.

The funding will be administered as an award. Applicants should be aware that receipt of a fellowship may affect financial aid packages. If you have a question about impact on financial aid, please discuss with your financial aid officer.

Applicant must be a matriculated graduate student at UC Berkeley. To apply, submit the following items by email to with the subject line “Equity and Inclusion Fellowship.”

  1. Cover letter stating your reasons for application to this fellowship and a summary of most relevant experiences, skills, and/or education.
  2. Resume (limit 2 pages).
  3. Contact information for 2 references. One should be a professor or major advisor.

Background on the UC Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship Program:
The overarching goal of the University of California Global Food Initiative is “to harness the resources of the University of California—its research, people, expertise, and tradition of public service—to put the world on a pathway to feed itself in ways that are nutritious and sustainable.” To engage students in this effort, the UC Office of the President created the President’s GFI Student Fellowship Program. The program provides each campus with funding in 2017-18 for four student awards of $4,000 each.

Equity and Inclusion Fellowship: This fellowship recipient will serve as a student leader for the ongoing project, “Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley.” Entering its third year, the project aims to improve campus climate through addressing the barriers and possibilities for greater equity, diversity, and inclusion in the UC Berkeley food system, including in academics and educational programming, student-led initiatives, and campus operations. The fellow reports to Rosalie Z. Fanshel, Program Manager at the Berkeley Food Institute.


Mapping Project: Work closely with project leadership staff to further develop and execute the digital, interactive UC Berkeley Food Landscape Map, including:

  • Develop 2017-18 map strategy and identify priority data points.
  • Collect data, and co-mentor undergraduate data collectors.
  • Participate in data visualization.

Campus Policy Activities: Work closely with project leadership staff to:

  • Develop recommendations resulting from the mapping project.
  • Present recommendations to campus leadership, ranging from student government to upper campus administration.
  • Develop strategies towards implementations of recommendations to the extent possible.
  • Participate in efforts to form a UC Berkeley Food Policy Council.

Other GFI Activities: Participation in GFI systemwide activities, including monthly GFI conference calls, attendance at meetings of GFI leadership, and GFI Fellows’ field trip.


  • Matriculated graduate student at UC Berkeley.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, particularly in regards to interpersonal communications across diverse groups.
  • At least two years of experience in researching and/or organizing complex information and working on interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving; advanced skills in data collection and analysis.
  • Experience with facilitation, relationship-building, and project coordination among diverse people and programs.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a group setting; ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Demonstrated creativity, innovation, and commitment.
  • At least two years of work experience and/or public service related to food and/or agriculture, with specific familiarity with structural analysis of food systems and structural barriers to inclusion.
  • Experience with equity, inclusion, diversity, anti-oppression and anti-racism trainings and frameworks.
  • Experience with data visualization preferred.
  • Experience with food policy preferred.

Application must be submitted by Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 9pm Pacific Time.

Direct any questions to BFI Program Manager Rosalie Z. Fanshel at

Equal Employment Opportunity:

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