About the Food Project
THE FOOD PROJECT: The Campus Integrative Theme Initiative
- As a result of a suggestion from the Learning Communities Program Advisory Committee,
an informal Integrative Theme Task Force was formed in 2013.
- The Integrative Theme Task Force, with faculty representing all divisions and student
representatives, brainstormed possible campus themes to be voted on by the whole campus
in the spring of 2014
- The Campus Integrative Theme Initiative was launched with a talk by Gregory S. Hinckley,
Sociology Professor from Seattle Central Community College, Washington State, where
their Water Project has united and transformed the college and the surrounding community
- Over 3000 Cerritos College students, faculty and staff voted for the campus theme
and Food was chosen as our campus theme.
- Five Task Force Subcommittees were formed (see below) to spearhead different ways
to engage the campus community in integrative teaching and learning.
THE CAMPUS FOOD PROJECT - YEAR ONE: 2014 - 2015
- The Campus Food Project was launched in September 2014 with a talk - How Mexican Food
Conquered America, presented by the author of Taco USA, Gustavo Arellano.
- Campus Garden: Started a pilot campus garden and is in discussions for space on campus for a large,
permanent campus garden
- Food Bank: Learned about the need for a well-stocked food bank on our own campus and held a very
successful Food Drive on campus to both educate the campus about the needs of our
students and to replenish the supplies of the Health Center Food Bank.
- Spring Film Festival: Had a showing of A Place at the Table, lead by the faculty team from the One World:
Food and The Ethics of Globalization learning community; it widened the impact of
both the film and the discussion following to the whole campus, and not just their
- Website: www.cerritos.edu/foodproject
- Food Project Fair: Showcased many departments and integrative activities from several learning communities
all linked to the theme of food
WHY AN INTEGRATIVE THEME INITIATIVE?
- Build a community of students, faculty, staff and administrators who become aware of and collaborate on projects in all areas of the campus and surrounding community, around a single broad theme; a community that can grow into one implementing integrative learning across campus
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