Major: Nutrition and Food Science
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Program Position: Sustainable Dining Coordinator | AS Sustainability
How did you first get connected with AS Sustainability?
I was fortunate enough to live in the Konkow Sustainability House during my freshman year at Chico and at that time, AS Sustainability was closely connected with that House. I entered into the program as an intern during my freshman fall semester and have been a part of the program ever since.
How would you describe your role as the Sustainable Dining Coordinator at AS Sustainability?
Since the beginning, I have driven most of my energies towards expanding and strengthening the sustainable food options on campus. Whether it’s by collaborating with the OVP, the Nutrition department, AS Dining, local farmers and distributors or conducting audits of our entire school’s food purchases — I essentially act as a liaison between sustainable food initiatives on this campus and different groups associated with food.
What does working at AS Sustainability do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
I feel extremely lucky to have this job, and I think the fact that I so thoroughly enjoy the work that I do, and that I can see the impact of my work as measurable, is highly rewarding both personally and professionally. Working with AS Sustainability has not only provided me with the space to explore and implement change, and network with outstanding individuals both locally and nationwide, but it has also has helped shape my own personal values towards matters of sustainability beyond just food.
What do YOU hope to bring to the table in your role as the Sustainable Dining Coordinator?
Improving the food system on campus and globally is a challenge that I obviously cannot tackle on my own. What I have always seen my position as – and what I hope it will be in the future – is one that works in collaboration with other groups to solve the bigger problems with food, specifically with lack of education and transparency. Food can be related to so many things, and I think that my position links those different realms together and allows for the importance of fair, sustainable, and just food to be illuminated.
What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
During my time at Chico, my hometown of Sacramento has self-proclaimed itself to be the “Farm-to-Fork” capitol of the United States. I am looking forward to returning and fully immersing myself in some of the incredible sustainable food initiatives that my city is taking on. Upon graduating, I also plan to continue my education in holistic nutrition and use my knowledge of sustainability as the platform for teaching people about the benefits of wholesome and nourishing foods.