Binational Learning Community
Food, Culture and Social Justice in Oregon and Ecuador
What does a food system that is fair and healthy for everyone look like and what steps can be taken to help create it?
In this learning community, a group of professors, students and select community members will focus their attention on this question by exploring two regions that contain a wide variety of ecosystems, cultures and agricultural products and where food activism is strong. Oregon is known for its environmental laws and Ecuador is the first country to call for food sovereignty in its constitution. How do these policies play out in the lives of people who produce food and eat food? What are the impacts of the global food system on rural communities and on people's health? How are food activists attempting to change the food system?
Schedule Fall 2013
|Phase I||September 3-27||Orientation Ecuadorians arrive in Oregon 140 hours of site visits in Oregon|
|Phase II||September 30- November 29||Fall Quarter Students must enroll in 2 of 4 OSU courses linked with Ecuador|
|Phase III||November 30- December 20||Oregonians arrive in Ecuador 140 hours of site visits in Ecuador|
In Ecuador and Oregon, we will visit sites of sustainable food production that are integrated into local, regional, national and international markets, as well as programs that highlight culturally important foodways outside of the market system.
Particular attention will be given to indigenous foodways and ecosystems: Coastal and Plateau tribes in Oregon and Andean and Amazonian tribes in Ecuador. Food justice lies at the center of our explorations.
Students must enroll in at least 2 of the 4 courses offered during Fall 2013 (listed below)
Courses can fulfill all or part of the core requirements for the Food in Culture and Social Justice (FCSJ) undergraduate certificate or graduate minor
|Course Number||Course Title||Credits|
Anthropology of Food
||Language and Culture
||Nutrition and the Social Determinants of Health||3 credits|
||Rural and Urban Links Through the Food System||3 credits|
- Community Members will participate in video conferences calls with Ecuadorians in the fall.
- Community Members can attend OSU student classes, if desired, but they will not be obliged to complete class assignments.
Costs $2593 (excluding airfare and tuition)
* Fees include 8 credits of OEC 488/588 for the September and December field trips.
Application Deadline Friday, May 3, 2013
We are looking for a diverse group of 15 people who want to engage with others to learn about food, culture and social justice in Ecuador and Oregon. We are looking for people who can share their own knkowledge about some aspects of the food system and who want to increase their communicative competence in Spanish.
The group travel components of this program in Oregon and Ecuador are being coordinated through Oregon Abroad, the study abroad programs of the Oregon University System. All participants must complete an application through Oregon Abroad. This application enables program faculty and administrators to have access to the information needed to evaluate candidates and run the program.
After clicking on the Oregon Abroad online application, please select “Binational Learning Community (Oregon and Ecuador)” from the list of program names. Once you have initiated an application, you will receive an email that gives further explanation and instruction. This system will be where are all critical documents are stored, including your transcripts, references and copy of your passport and insurance coverage. You will refer to this application at all stages of your program, so please make a note of your login and password.
All participants must also complete the Oregon State University International Degree and Education Abroad (IDEA) application. From the dropdown menu on the right-hand side of the page, select “Ecuador” and follow the instructions.
Community members who are NOT current OSU students must ALSO complete the process to become a non-degree seeking student. This step is necessary so that you may be enrolled in the required overseas accident and sickness coverage. There is a $25 fee for this process.
Scholarships: Check out OSU IDEA at http://oregonstate.edu/international/studyabroad/finances/scholarships
Please note – the program application deadline is extended to Friday, May 3 so that group logistics may be organized.
Contact Rebecka Daye at dayer[@]onid.orst.edu