We will work toward developing comprehensive
and meaningful solutions to food insecurity and related issues for
low-income populations. Our new collaborations will:
- Shape undergraduate, graduate, and honors research projects.
- Generate undergraduate, graduate, and honors outreach projects.
- Provide interdisciplinary training in issues of poverty and
- Provide academic and socially relevant opportunities for
students and faculty.
- Strengthen the functional outreach roles of the University
within medically and socially underserved communities.
- Foster a sense of civic responsibility within the University
Community around the issue of poverty.
- Create opportunities for students to pursue careers dedicated
to developing solutions for hunger and poverty.
- Furthermore, the Partnership will provide regionally and nationally
recognized training, linking the resources and intellect of our
academic programs to the greater community. The Partnership will
serve vital community needs and train professionals to address
these pressing social issues.
- A comprehensive consideration of the issues of poverty and hunger
which cut across a range of disciplines, and in so doing, provide
new and expanded opportunities for faculty, their students and
community institutions to collaborate and build synergy for the
development of new, integrated approaches and solutions to the
problem of hunger.
- A living, learning community classroom and laboratory for undergraduate
and graduate students across diverse disciplines. Formal courses,
symposia and seminars will be developed to provide training and “think
tank” opportunities to address current and emerging research
problems that bring together faculty, students and community stakeholders.
- Integrated research that will help shape solutions relating
to an adequate and safe food supply and improved access to nutrition
information, which will have direct policy and systems implications
related to the needs of the public.
- Dissemination of research findings that will improve student
and public literacy related to nutrition, hunger, food accessibility
and food security through traditional academic/scholarly mechanisms
as well as through grass root presentations to the community and
- A national information clearinghouse for applied research, grassroots
agency/stakeholder training, nutrition and food programming for
targeted audiences and the agencies that serve them.
- Expanded outreach and education that will improve the health
and wellbeing of Rhode Islanders, especially older adults, children
and those of limited resources.
- A model for partnering the intellectual and outreach resources
of the University in order to impact a major community, state and
national concern and bring positive change to the lives of individuals.