Campus Global Theme

students in global learning activities on campus and in other countries

Food for Thought: Feeding Ourselves, Feeding the Planet

The Campus Global Theme program identifies a topic linked to one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and engages the entire UC Davis community in related learning and action. This program is part of Global Education for All, a UC Davis initiative to engage every UC Davis student—undergraduate, graduate and professional—in global learning. 

The inaugural Campus Global Theme for 2019-20 is Food for Thought: Feeding Ourselves, Feeding the Planet, emphasizing the global dimensions of discussing, celebrating, analyzing and acting upon feeding humanity.

How You Can Get Involved

We invite the entire UC Davis community to engage with this topic from many disciplinary perspectives by creating workshops, seminars, events, gatherings, performances, and/or other programs. 

Example of event emphases could include:

  • food (in)security around the world;
  • food cultures in California and beyond;
  • global research on the science of taste;
  • climate change implications for agriculture;
  • migration and water;
  • the effects of foods prevalent in different parts of the world on human bodies and the human genome;
  • gender and food in comparative contexts;
  • the relationship between agriculture and transnational immigration;
  • ethical dimensions of food and agriculture;
  • the art of hosting;
  • the use of performance to promote healthy nutrition;
  • how technologies are shaping what and how we eat around the planet;
  • and many more.

Campus Global Theme programming will be held at both the Davis and Sacramento campuses. A full schedule of events will be released in fall 2019. Proposal selection committees will be comprised of the Global Education for All Campus Steering Committee members, Global Education for All Student Advisory Council members, and UC Davis Millennium Fellows.

Call for Student Indication of Interest

We invite the entire UC Davis student community to offer workshops, seminars, events, performances and other programming—which could include hosting discussions about how food insecurity affects people’s lives at UC Davis and around the world; organizing a panel of speakers on gender; hosting discussions on how transnational migration, technologies, and business practices shape what we eat; or sponsoring a hackathon that supports improved nutrition.

Please complete a pre-proposal form if you are:

  1. interested in participating in our 2019-20 initiative,
  2. have an idea of how you would engage the UC Davis community in global learning (consider adapting programs you already do or try something totally new!),
  3. would like assistance in developing your idea, and/or
  4. would like to receive more information on the Campus Global Theme program and apply for mini-grant funding. 

 Pre-proposal submission deadline extended: November 16, 2018. Please note: you do not need to submit the pre-proposal form to participate in the call for proposals coming soon.

Call for Student Mini-Grant Proposals

Details coming soon!

Call for Faculty and Staff Mini-Grant Proposals

Details coming soon!

Call for Student, Faculty and Staff Programming 

You are welcome to apply to have your program listed as an official event without applying for grant funding. The application coming soon.

Poster Design Competition

Details coming soon!

Campus Global Theme Team

Campus Global Theme Partners

Thank you to our 2019-20 Campus Global Theme partner: the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Email to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the Campus Global Theme. 

More Information

Please contact Global Affairs at with any questions or ideas about the Campus Global Theme.