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Food and Agribusiness Institute
Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011
Santa Clara's Food and Agribuisness Institute (FAI) was established in 1973 in the Leavey School of Business. The graduate institute initially provided an agribusiness MBA, which was later adapted into a food and agribusiness concentration in the early 2000s. In recent years, food-related courses have been offered to the undergraduate business population and FAI is quickly becoming a resource for all business students with the introduction of a Food, Hunger, Poverty and Environment Pathway. The Office of Sustainability recently sat down with FAI to discuss the transition, coming events and Father Engh's call for action.
Office of Sustainability (OS): Describe FAI's recent transition from an MBA institution, to a resource for all business students including undergrads.
In the last year and a half, we have focused on organizing more campus events and field experiences related to food and agribusiness. We have been pleased to work with on and off campus cosponsors who support our events and help us advertise. We often work with the Office of Sustainability, the Environmental Studies Institute, and the Bronco Urban Gardens Program when we present an event as part of the Food for Thought Speaker Series. We are collaborating with SCU Dining Services by Bon Appétit to make the Follow Your Food Series possible, and we have worked with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on some of our Business of Speaker Series. We have also been happy to work with great student groups like the International Business Network at the MBA level and B-LEJIT at the undergraduate level.
OS: Besides putting on great events for the campus community, describe some of FAI's outside initiatives.
Through its mission, Santa Clara University is driven by a “commitment to fashioning a more humane, just, and sustainable world.” However, the pursuit of a hunger-free nation is more than just a noble cause that is good for the heart and soul. Ending hunger benefits every member of the community because food secure individuals are healthier, better educated, and more productive within society.
OS: How has Father Engh's call to action for SCU to become a center for the discussion of environmental justice impacted FAI?
OS: How can students interested in FAI, but not in the pathway become involved with some of the institute's initiatives?
Visit FAI's website to learn more about the Food, Hunger, Poverty and Enviornment Pathway and the institute's awesome upcoming events.
- Emily Orbanek, '11, Sustainability Intern