Kellogg-Moser Food Security and Sustainability Learning Community

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Overview of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Bobby Moser Food Security and Sustainability Learning Community (Kellogg-Moser LC):

If you have passions for food production, security, and safety, but also nutrition, wellness, hunger, food waste, and sustainable agriculture, then the Kellogg-Moser Learning Community is the place for you! These students live in Houston House, take the FAES 2000 seminar course during their first semester of college, conduct community service, and attend off-campus trips while getting to interact with world-renowned faculty who address food security issues!

Student Testimony

"Starting off my time at Ohio State with the Kellogg-Moser Food Security and Sustainability Learning Community was one of the best decisions I made. Having the opportunity to come and explore campus early, meeting the people I would be living with in Houston House for the year, and making connections with OSU faculty and Columbus food and sustainability-related organizations was extremely beneficial even following my time in the LC. I think that joining a learning community, especially KMLC with it being so close-knit and just starting out, really helped me become comfortable at such a large school. Through my involvement in the LC, I was made aware of countless other opportunities including Time for Change, where I am now the President. The connections and growth that I had during my short time in the LC was truly transformational, and I would recommend it to any incoming student looking for a community of supportive, like-minded individuals."   -Anna Martin, Environmental Policy and Decision Making major

 

Who is eligible:

Freshmen and Sophomores who are interested 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.

Highlights:

  • Early move-in with community building opportunities and a required seminar course to allow for maximum time for interaction on food system issues.
  • Peer mentors assigned to help in the transition to campus and class projects.
  • 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.

How to Apply:

New Students

  • Students interested in being a member of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Bobby Moser Learning Community should complete the Learning Community Application by April 15, 2021. 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. The application is typically posted in mid-December and will be located on the following website: Housing
  • 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, 2021 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. 
  • Fill out an application here: https://go.osu.edu/applylc2021

Current Students:

  • Current OSU students who will be in their second year during the 2019-2020 school year and are interested in joining or returning to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Bobby Moser Learning Community should complete the Learning Community Application no later than February 1, 2021. Completing this application does not guarantee housing in an Ohio State Residence Hall or a specific room type. You must submit your reselection form by the University Housing deadline in order to participate. Your housing reselection information will arrive at your OSU e-mail account at a later date.
  • 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. 
  • Change of campus students should apply through this (the current student) application and must also contact Housing Assignments no later than January 25, 2020 at 614-292-8266 or housing@osu.edu to ensure they are included in the reselection process and eligible for Learning Community participation.

Interesting Facts:

  • Students will:
    • 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.
    • Gain skills in bringing together multiple constituencies to focus on major food system challenges, issues, and opportunities;
    • Interact with Discovery Theme faculty and gain greater awareness of campus and community efforts associated with food security, community engagement, and sustainability initiatives.
    • 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.

Past Activities

  • Team building activities at pre-semester retreat
  • Food culture with Dr. Rick Livingston
  • Tour of Buckeye Food Alliance 
  • Tour of Waterman Farms: Student Farm; Garden of Hope with Dr. Colleen Spees; Unity Fridge with Maggie Griffin
  • Nutrition Security with Dr. ingrid Adams
  • Tour and Service project with Dr. Kip Curtis, Mansfield Microfarm
  • Local matters discussion with Sarah Wharmby
  • Dining services on campus with Chef Kristen Holtvoigt
  • Initiative for Food and Agricultural Transformation (InFACT) with Brian Snyder
  • Organic versus conventionally grown food with Dr. Monica Lewandewski
  • Tour of Worthington Farmer's Market
  • World Food Day with InFACT
  • Diet management in rural areas with Dan Remley and Dr. Irene Hatsu
  • Origins of Food Production with Dr. Kris Gremillion
  • Food policy and food mapping with Dr. Jill Clark
  • Distribution of food with Dr. Azay Hyden

Questions or Concerns, contact:

Sarah Williams | Program Coordinator | (614) 292-5320 | williams.4263@osu.edu

Andrea Dreyer-Isaacson | Hall Director | (614) 292-2350 | dreyer-isaacson.1@osu.edu

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