Campus Global Theme

Campus Global Theme logo with an earth with plants sprouting out of the top and roots in the shape of a light bulb

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 discussion, learning, discovery, and action. The inaugural Campus Global Theme Food for Thought: Feeding Ourselves, Feeding the Planet, aims to explore the complexities surrounding the notion of “Food for Thought," bringing together the UC Davis community in this exploration.

Statement of Purpose

UC Davis’ first Campus Global Theme: Food for Thought: Feeding Ourselves, Feeding the Planet, roots itself in the strengths of the institution to call for programs that can help our community reflect on the work of nourishing our world. As a comprehensive research university, we have much to teach and more to learn about feeding—feeding for healthy bodies, minds, souls—and beyond that, ecosystems and economies.

Read more in the Campus Global Theme Statement of Purpose, written by Ermias Kebreab, associate dean of Global Engagement in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and director of the World Food Center, and Erica Kohl-Arenas, faculty director of Imagining America and associate professor of American Studies, who are serving as the faculty co-chairs for this theme.

How You Can Get Involved

We invite the entire UC Davis community to engage in this interdisciplinary conversation and discovery by creating workshops, seminars, events, gatherings, performances, and/or other programs. Campus Global Theme programming will be held at both the Davis and Sacramento campuses.

Example of event emphases could include:

  • Food for Thought logo with image of a globe, plant and lightbulbfood (in)security around the world;
  • food cultures in California and beyond;
  • global research on the science of taste;
  • global climate change implications for agriculture;
  • international 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 cultural contexts;
  • the relationship between agriculture and transnational immigration;
  • ethical dimensions of food and agriculture across cultures;
  • the art of hosting from international perspectives;
  • the use of performance to promote healthy nutrition in different cultural contexts;
  • literary approaches to food studies from international perspectives;
  • food and multicultural identities;
  • globalization and the literature of food;
  • merging food and sound locally and globally;
  • how technologies are shaping what and how we eat around the planet;
  • and many more.

Call for Proposals

Global Affairs announced the 2020-21 call for mini-grant proposals for the inaugural Campus Global Theme program. These mini-grants, ranging from $250 - $1,000, provide an excellent opportunity for faculty, staff and students across UC Davis to get involved in discussing and addressing an important global issue, while providing student groups and departments with funding, logistical support, and visibility. Learn more about the 2019 call for proposals which closed on July 8, 2019. A subsequent call for proposals will be open from April – June, 2020.

More Information

This program complements the work of Global Education for All, an initiative to engage 100% of UC Davis students—undergraduate, graduate and professional—in global learning before graduation.

A Campus Global Theme planning committee is being formed, bringing together some members of the UC Davis Millennium Fellows and the Global Education for All Steering Committee, and additional representation from faculty, students, and staff across campus.

UC Davis community members interested in getting involved are invited to email