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October 2019 UC Food and Climate Fellows Leadership Training


This training was offered to select 2019-20 student fellows of the UC President’s Carbon Neutrality (CNI) and Global Food (GFI) Initiatives by UC Irvine Community Resilience Projects and the UCOP Office of Sustainability. All 2019-20 CNI and GFI fellows were eligble to attend, with priority given to CNI engagement fellows and GFI ambassadors.

The purpose of the two-day training was to increase fellows’ skill in transformative leadership, communication about critical food and climate issues, and select organizing tools; to provide a community-building forum for fellows to reflect more deeply and critically about the global and equity contexts in which their fellowship projects take place; and to provide a space for fellows to engage in dialogue and peer learning to enhance their current practices, projects, and collaboration for food and climate action.



October 4-6 – Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, CA

Application Deadline: September 11

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It was expected that participants in this program:

  • Develop sustainability, food, and climate leadership skills;
  • Deepen understanding and improve capacity to articulate CNI and GFI objectives, including the global and equity contexts in which their fellowship projects take place;
  • Gain clarity about student engagement in CNI and GFI, and deepen statewide peer relationships for greater student impact on CNI and GFI’s directions;
  • Gain understanding of and generate new ways to become involved with other student leaders to increase campus and UC-wide innovation on climate and food action through UC mechanisms;
  • Develop a network and strong sense of community with peers across issues; and
  • Deepen understanding of and generate new thinking about further involvement and commitment to these issues at their home campus, with UC, and beyond after the close of their fellowship year.

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The residential training was offered from Friday, October 4 (program begins at 3 pm) through Sunday, October 6 (program ends at 3 pm) in Ben Lomond, California. Participation during the entire training was required. The training had a mix of climate and food fellows.

Facilitators: Aryeh Shell, Lead Training Partner, and Abby Reyes, Director, UCI Community Resilience Projects. Ryan Bell, Associate Director, UCOP Office of Sustainability, coordinated on-site logistics and provided additional facilitation during the training.


Food: An integral part of this program was our culinary experience. There was a diverse, flavorful, healthy, and vegetarian cuisine for the duration of your stay as well as dialogue and inquiry in our food systems and cultures that provided a framework for exploring food action and sustainability in our daily lives.

Venue: The training was held at the Quaker Center in Ben Lomond, California. Participants shared dorm-style rooms with fellow participants.

Cost: Participant travel and lodging costs was covered by the UC Office of the President via the Global Food and Carbon Neutrality Initiatives’ Fellows Programs.


This training was offered to the 2019-20 student fellows of the UC Carbon Neutrality and Global Food Initiatives. Priority was given to the GFI ambassadors and CNI engagement fellows. Applications were reviewed and registration was confirmed with selected applicants by September 20, 2019. Registered fellows will received email correspondence from the program staff regarding logistics and program detail at least one week prior to the training. For more information and questions, please contact Alina Tejera at the Office of the President at alina.tejera at ucop dot edu.



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