1. Name of Institution: The University of Rhode Island
2. Administrative Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
3. Title of Proposed Organizational Unit: URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America
4. Intended Date of Organizational Change: As soon as approved.
5. Intended Location of Organizational Unit: University of Rhode Island, Kingston and Providence Campuses
6. Institutional Review and Approval Process:
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee
College of Arts and Sciences
Curricular Affairs Committee
President of the University
7. Summary Description of the Proposed Program:
The mission of the URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America is as follows: "The Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America is an educational center committed to developing solutions to the problem of hunger in Rhode Island and nationwide. The Center seeks to promote education, research, and outreach on the causes and consequences of hunger and the study of policies and programs aimed at alleviating hunger."
The Center is led by Director, Kathleen Gorman, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology.
The Director meets with an advisory board made up of faculty and staff from throughout the University to advise on implementing the Center's mission as well as individual faculty from a wide range of departments.
Members of the current advisory board are:
Jayne Richmond Dean Libutti
Maureen Moakley Diane Horm-Wingerd
Jerome Schaffran Matt Bodah
Nancy Fey-Yensan Marshall Feldman
Jan Sawyer Wenzel Ed Ferszt
Lynn McKinney Linda Sebelia
8. Statement that no new or additional resources will be required.
The Center is funded by an endowment of $1,500,000 established in the University of Rhode Island Foundation. While it is hoped that the endowment will grow through additional gifts and donations, no new or additional resources will be required.
9. Signature of the President:
10. Persons to be contacted during the review:
Kathleen S. Gorman
Hunger in the United States is an increasingly widespread problem affecting approximately 1 out of 10 Americans. The purpose of the Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America is to provide students with an opportunity to engage in applied learning about issues of hunger and poverty facing society. The opportunity for students to engage in academic inquiry and apply their learning to real life situations is a critical element of the educational experience. The Center provides support to government agencies in the form of training, technical assistance, program evaluation and research. The Center provides an opportunity for faculty, students, staff and community members to join together to develop solutions to the social and economic issues leading to hunger in RI. With these goals in mind, the Center is committed to improving the well-being of citizens of Rhode Island and the United States through its programs.
The mission of the Center fits well with the University's mission to respond to societal needs through interdisciplinary research and teaching, collaboration with governmental and other agencies, and extensive outreach and service learning opportunities. In general, the Center's programs further the goal of improving the educational experience of all students and the quality of life of all RI residents.
The Center does not duplicate program offered by other Rhode Island institutions of higher learning but does offer the prospect of involving their faculty as participants and collaborators in the work that it conducts for the state.
All of the resources of the Center derive from its endowment at the University of Rhode Island Foundation. It is presently expected that the principal of $1,500,000 will provide annual funds to operate the Center of approximately $70,000. The endowment, together with projected research support, and other support (from teaching), will fund the Center Director and determine staff and program support.
The Center will be monitored and periodically evaluated by its Director and Advisory Board, by the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and by the Council of Research as per Section 8.90.30 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL.