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Call for applications: Agricultural Sustainability Institute student representatives

Two undergraduate student positions available

Application deadline: Tuesday, October 25


Are you interested in becoming a leader in sustainable agriculture on campus and throughout California? The UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) is seeking undergraduate student representatives to help inform and contribute to our work.

Two positions are currently available: a student representative for ASI’s Internal Steering Committee (ISC) and a student representative on the ASI External Advisory Board (EAB).

Both positions are opportunities for students to engage in interactive learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems, gain leadership skills, build professional networks, and offer feedback on the direction of ASI. Student representatives connect ASI to the student body and represent student views and interests. ASI staff members look to student representatives for insight when developing policies and programs, including the Student Farm, Ecological Garden, Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture facility, and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP). ASI student representative terms are one - two years in length, depending on the student’s preference.

ISC Student Representative Position Description:

The Internal Steering Committee (ISC) allows key ASI leaders and affiliates to guide the operation and management of ASI and its affiliated units, and facilitate communication, collaboration, and coordination among ASI units and affiliates. The two-hour ISC meetings are generally held bi-quarterly. The ISC Student representative is involved in ASI’s current planning discussions and may have the opportunity to work alongside ASI staff on hands-on projects.

EAB Student Representative Position Description:

The External Advisory Board (EAB) Student Representative helps to shape the big-picture vision for ASI and has the opportunity to work alongside local and national agricultural leaders. The EAB usually meets annually in November and is comprised of sustainable agriculture leaders from diverse sectors. The EAB shapes the vision and direction for the institute. Board members include policy leaders, farmers, university faculty, activists, and industry representatives. The next all-day external advisory board meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.  Any student interested in taking on this position must be able to attend this meeting, but may be excused to attend class. 

Student Representative Expectations:

All student representatives are expected to attend meetings, provide guidance and feedback, represent student views and interests, and communicate ASI news and events back to their peers. Student representative positions are designed so students can make their own unique contribution to ASI. Student representatives are invited to most ASI events, and are welcomed to participate in ASI’s Social Equity Committee (SEC). The SEC currently meets monthly to identify concrete ways to work toward social and racial equity within and beyond ASI, and frequently shares articles and reports addressing inequities and diversity issues. Student representatives are also responsible for participating in the call for applications and selection the following cycle. 

ELIGIBILITY AND CRITERIA. All UC Davis students are eligible; we are committed to enabling a broad representation of perspectives, life experiences, and backgrounds; therefore we welcome diversity in student applicants including, but not limited to, students of color, students with disabilities, and LGBTQIA-identified individuals. When selecting student representatives, reviewers will consider 1) applicant’s experience and interest in agriculture and food system sustainability, 2) their demonstrated involvement and leadership in organizations related and unrelated to agriculture, and 3) their demonstrated service to their on and off-campus communities.

HOW TO APPLY. Students interested in the positions can complete the on-line application at The application includes applicant’s contact and academic information, four narrative questions, and resume or curriculum vita. Application submission deadline is Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Current student representatives and an ASI staff representative will review applications. 

For questions about the application process contact Dianne Stassi ( or Shana McDavis-Conway ( For questions about what it is like to be an ASI student representative, contact the outgoing student representatives:

Internal Steering Committee representatives

Stacy Nuryadi (undergraduate)

Lina Yamashita (graduate)


External Advisory Board representatives

Andrew Baskin (undergraduate)

Kelly Gravuer (graduate)


Event Details


One Shields Drive
UC Davis
Davis, CA

(530) 752-3915