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  •  Join FAI on the Cuba Immersion Trip in September 2014!

    The Food and Agribusiness is excited to announce that we will be offering an immersion trip to Cuba in September 2014, tentatively scheduled for September 4-14, 2014.

    The application is now available and is due to the Food and Agribusiness offices in Lucas Hall, Suite 111 by February 3rd, 2014 at noon. They can also be emailed to Assistant Director Erika French-Arnold at

    A recording of one of the Cuba information sessions can be viewed at:

    The Food, Hunger, Poverty, Environment Immersion is designed to help students meet their social justice-oriented experiential learning requirements while learning about issues related to food production and consumption, hunger, poverty, and the environment.  The course blends short lectures, guided discussions and reflections and a 14-day immersion in Cuba interacting with local people of diverse backgrounds for experiential active learning. The goal is to increase students’ understanding of  the developing world and to explore the role of business in alleviating poverty through economic development and the pursuit of social justice.  




  •  FAI Summer Internship

    The Food & Agribusiness Institute’s “Real Cost of a Healthy Meal” project is a long-term study started in 2011. Interns will research the ability of low-income individuals to purchase “healthy” foods by USDA guidelines with their food stamp allotments through interviews, diet analysis and food cost surveys. The internship will not only allow interns to improve their understanding of the links between public policy, economics, health and social justice, but it will also influence their ability to communicate, increase their working knowledge of Excel, and expose them to database software.

    This is one of our research assistants, Nick, interviewing a client for the
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