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Kellogg-Moser Food Security and Sustainability LC


The W. K. Kellogg Foundation and Bobby Moser Food Security and Sustainability Learning Community will focus on the topics of food security, community engagement, leadership, and sustainability by challenging students to address the issues related to creating secure, resilient and sustainable food systems in environmentally and socially responsible ways. Students will be asked to think holistically on these topics and engage in initiatives that address challenges related to food security in a way that contributes to the health and well-being of society without causing harm to the environment and ecological systems. Students will learn about food production and security, local foods, hunger, food systems, community development, civic engagement, global sustainability, social responsibility, justice and equity, public policy, and leadership. Participating students will engage with faculty, student organizations, and the campus community during meetings, conferences, seminars, activities, and projects throughout the year.

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation and Bobby Moser Food Security and Sustainability Learning Community is for any student with an interest in generating discussion and change around food production, food security, hunger, food safety, food policy, human nutrition and wellness, human and community development, sustainable agriculture practices, leadership, and civic engagement.

Learning Community Goals

  • Increase leadership skills through greater self-awareness;
  • Gain experience in needs assessment and stakeholder engagement;
  • Develop an understanding of environmental, economic, cultural, and social elements of food production, food security, and sustainability;
  • Articulate how issues related to food security, community engagement, and sustainability impacts them and the world around them;
  • Develop a prospective of food security that considers issues related to health nutrition and human development; food, food production and the environment; entrepreneurship and business; and food policy;
  • Explore best practices, possible solutions, and available resources for ensuring food security and sustainability;
  • Gain skills in bringing together multiple constituencies to focus on major food system challenges, issues, and opportunities;
  • Learn strategies and challenges associated with effectively advocating for change;
  • Effectively engage with community partners to bring about meaningful change;
  • Integrate material learned in the classroom with experiential learning as a part of the Learning Community to impact the campus community and communities statewide;
  • Develop models for change that can be implemented in communities worldwide;
  • Engage with campus faculty to participate in research projects related to food security, community engagement, and sustainability;
  • Interact with Discovery Theme faculty and gain greater awareness of campus and community efforts associated with food security, community engagement, and sustainability initiatives;
  • Make site visits and participate in field trips both in Ohio and outside of Ohio;
  • Engage in high-impact practices including undergraduate research, internships, study abroad, leadership and community-engaged learning; and
  • Create positive change to impact the well-being of communities.

Learning Community Highlights

  • Early move-in with community building opportunities and a required seminar course to allow for maximum time for interaction on food system issues.
  • Interaction with world-renowned faculty who study issues facing food production, security, access, policy, and safety.
  • Expenses paid trips to network with alumni and industry professionals who work with governmental agencies, non-profits, and companies.
  • Engagement in community activities at food banks, food pantries, and other community organizations to enhance your leadership skills.
  • Peer mentors assigned to help in the transition to campus and class projects.
  • Students must register for a required 2 credit hour course during autumn seminar. 

How to Apply (New Students)

  • Students interested in being a member of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and Bobby Moser Food Security and Sustainability Learning Community should complete the Learning Community Application by April 16, 2018. No late applications will be accepted. You do not have to wait until you are accepted to Ohio State and/or receive your housing contract to apply. 
  • Housing Contracts are sent to your OSU email account based upon your paid acceptance to the University beginning in March.
  • Please make sure your contract and space reservation fee are received no later than May 31, 2018 in order to ensure your eligibility to participate in a Learning Community. 
  • On your contract, please make sure you select North Campus as your requested area of residence.
  • Please note that all students in Learning Communities are required to reside in a space within the Learning Community and live with other Learning Community participants. Learning Community students may only request roommates accepted into the same LC.

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