Food for Thought engages faculty, staff, and students in exploration of equity, inclusions, and connections
Throughout the 2020-21 academic year, the UCI School of Education Climate Council developed ways to keep faculty, students, and staff connected and engaged with one another while working and studying remotely.
One inspiration, organized by doctoral student Qing Zhang; Geneva Lopez, director, Ph.D Program, and Assistant Professor Brandy Gatlin-Nash, is Food for Thought, which used cooking as the medium to create a friendly, casual, and safe space for the School of Education community to learn about each other’s diverse experiences and perspectives while engaging in healthy discussions around equity and inclusion.
During the first week’s word cloud activity, participants shared their understanding of various terms associated with equity and inclusions, such as open-mindedness, empathy, redistribution, and justice. The second week activity included a discussion of how brains are hard-wired to recognize patterns and ways in which patterns can be disrupted. For the final session, small groups identified ways to create an open and inclusive community and then shared their perspectives in the larger group.
A second Advancing Ideas initiative is planned for fall quarter 2022.
Guest chef: Assistant Professor Brandy Gatlin-Nash shared her recipe for Southern Style Collard Greens and Cornbread (access recipe here)
Discussion topic: Exploring the meaning of equity and inclusion
Discussion facilitator: Doctoral candidate Qing Zhang
Guest chefs: Undergraduate Victorya Vargas, shared her Pozole de Pollo Verde recipe (access recipe here), and undergraduate Young Ku shared her recipe for Gochujang Sausage Stir Fry (access recipe here)
Discussion topic: Understanding power, privilege, implicit bias, and marginalization
Discussion facilitator: Assistant Professor Gatlin-Nash
Guest chef: Patricia Anderson, Assistant Director in the Center for Educational Partnerships, shared her recipe for of Chicken Adobo and Sinangag (garlic fried rice) (access recipe here)
Discussion topic: Creating an open, authentic, equitable, and inclusive community
Discussion facilitator: Geneva Lopez-Sandoval, Ph.D. Program Coordinator