Undergraduate Research Opportunities with BFI

Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley: Foodscape Mapping Project Policy Advocacy

SPUR application deadline: January 22, 2019
URAP application deadline: January 28, 2019

Participate in UC Berkeley Greek Life? Gain an understanding of the campus food system while learning research and mapping skills! BFI seeks 2 creative and motivated undergraduates to join the “Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley: Foodscape Mapping Project” through the SPUR and URAP research programs. We are specifically seeking students who participate in Greek Life, especially from the IFC, MCGC, and NPHC councils.

Since 2015, the “Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley” project has brought together active collaborators from across campus to help bridge the gaps between food and justice. Toward this end, we created a dynamic “Foodscape Map” that aims to both reveal barriers to the full participation of historically marginalized community members in food-related learning and practice, and highlight opportunities and successes in overcoming such obstacles. We have also developed a set of policy recommendations as a companion piece to the Foodscape Map. These recommendations focus on four campus governance structures: (1) Academic Units, (2) Campus Facilities, (3) Service Units, and (4) Student Leadership, and are aimed at leadership bodies throughout UC Berkeley. See the map and policy recommendations here.

In Spring 2019, students will apply their knowledge of food systems and equity and inclusion issues, and familiarity with campus organizations, to support implementation of Foodscape Map policy recommendations, particularly in regards to Greek Life.

Apply via the URAP program here.
Apply via the SPUR program here.