Using the Interconnections and Complexities of Food Systems to Teach About Human Diversity and White Privilege

  • Jason S. Parker University of Vermont
Keywords: Diversity Training, Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture, Community Engagement, Land-Grant Universities, White Privilege

Abstract

How can diversity courses at land-grant universities be shaped to better prepare the next generation of food systems practitioners, educators, and researchers? This is the question I approach in a discussion of the first undergraduate diversity requirement course in a college of agriculture focusing on domestic issues of race, gender, ethnicity, class, and equity in the development of U.S. food systems. I discuss the benefits I found of using food systems studies as a framework for learning about diversity by highlighting the interconnections among people through discussions of issues every student can appreciate: food and eating.

Author Biography

Jason S. Parker, University of Vermont
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont; 202 Jeffords Hall; Burlington, Vermont 05401 USA; +1-802-656-2824.
Published
2015-09-17
How to Cite
Parker, J. (2015). Using the Interconnections and Complexities of Food Systems to Teach About Human Diversity and White Privilege. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 5(4), 159-163. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2015.054.022