Projects and Programs
Starting in 2020, INFAS began organizing our action mainly via working groups, summarized below. We also have been part of leading two graduate fellowship program pilots to help invest in the diversity of people and paradigms in US food systems research.
Each working group has a small annual budget to help seed and catalyze action. Working group chairs also serve on the INFAS Executive Committee.
Education Working Group
Foci of this group include forging deeper connections and collaborations with SAEA, including supporting the on-line event Casey Hoy and the Ohio team is planning for July 17th, and the in-person National SAEA meeting, postponed until 2021.
Chair: Damian Parr, University of California, Santa Cruz. (Committee term 2018-2023)
Extension Working Group
This group is working on adapting an extension survey project, possibly to include the issue of transdisciplinary sustainable food system centers and institutes surviving and thriving. The group also plans to explore more formal collaboration with the Racial Equity in the Food System Workgroup at MSU’s Center for Regional Food Systems (which includes INFAS members Rich Pirog and Kimberly Carr).
Chair: Lauren Gwin, Oregon State University. (Committee term 2019 - 2024)
Justice Working Group
Working closely with Michelle Miller, this working group's foci include increasing INFAS’ network with tribal colleges. Other key needs include similar efforts with HBCUs and the INFAS effort to map and promote land acknowledgement statements.
Chair: Julie Grossman, University of Minnesota. (Committee term 2018-2021)
- Michelle Miller, University of Wisconsin, Director Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
- Elizabeth Hoover, University of California Berkeley
- Jenn Blesh, University of Michigan
- Lesli Hoey, University of Michigan
- Wendy Greenberg, Red Lake Nation College
- Carly Hotvedt, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, Director of Tribal Enterprise
- With intern assistance from Shay Shaffer, University of California Davis
Research Working Group
This working group is leading a project co-editing a special issue of Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems on achieving food system resilience & equity, with Casey Hoy and Kathleen Merrigan. Other current interests, including from EC members Michelle Wander and Michelle Miller, are transdisciplinary sustainable food system centers and institutes surviving and thriving.
Chair: Albie Miles, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu. (Committee term 2019 - 2024)
Organizational Development Working Group
The 'Org Dev' working group has been hosting a series of webinars on "Resilient Centers and Institutes" that give insight and foster discussion on many of the challenges of doing trans-disciplinary work inside academic institutions. Their next webinar will be held on September 15th, 2021, to register click here.
Chair: Michelle Miller, University of Wisconsin - Madison (Committee term 2018 -2024) & Lauren Gwinn, Oregon State University (Committee term 2019 - 2024)