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2017 UC Carbon Neutrality and Global Food Initiative Fellows Training


14519863_628482520661522_2512672318464469253_nThis training and retreat is offered to the 2016-17 student fellows of the UC President’s Carbon Neutrality (CNI) and Global Food Initiatives (GFI) by staff leaders and community partners of UCI’s Sustainability Initiative and Global Sustainability Resource Center.
The purpose of the two-day training is to increase the skill of the current batch of Fellows in transformational 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 and projects in carbon neutrality and food action.

January 20-22  – southern CA campuses – Borrego Springs, CA
January 27-29 – northern CA campuses – Ben Lomond, CA
Application Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. 

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It is expected that participants in this program will:

• 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 system-wide innovation on climate and food action through UC mechanisms
• Develop a network and strong sense of community with peers across issue
• 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
The residential retreat will be offered twice in January 2017. Please plan to attend one retreat at the location nearest you. Participation during the entire retreat is required. Both retreats will have a mix of climate and food fellows.
Southern CA: Friday, January 20 (program begins at 5 pm) through Sunday, January 22 (program ends at 3 pm) in Borrego Springs, CA
Northern CA: Friday, January 27 (program begins at 5 pm) through Sunday, January 29 (program ends at 3 pm) in Ben Lomond, CA
Food: An integral part of this program is our culinary experience. The menu focuses on sustainability, culture, and traditional seed-to-plate systems thinking. You should expect a diverse, flavorful, healthy, and primarily vegetarian cuisine for the duration of your stay as well as dialogue and inquiry into our food systems and culture that will provide a framework for exploring food action and sustainability in our daily lives.
Venue: The southern CA retreat will be held at the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center in Borrego Springs, CA. The northern CA retreat will be held at the Quaker Center in Ben Lomond, CA. Participants should expect to share dorm-style rooms with fellow participants.
Cost: Participant travel and lodging costs will be covered by the UC Office of the President via the Global Food and Carbon Neutrality Initiatives’ Fellows Programs.
This training and retreat is offered to the 2016-17 student fellows of the UC President’s Carbon Neutrality and Global Food Initiatives.  If you qualify, please register for the program via the online form. Please note that space is limited; register now to secure your spot. Registration confirmation will be made on a rolling basis. Registered fellows will receive email correspondence from the retreat trainers regarding logistics and program detail at least one week prior to the training. It is expected that both trainings will be booked at capacity. To secure your spot, register as soon as possible. For more information and questions, please contact Sarah Donnelly at the Office of the President at sarah.donnelly at ucop dot edu.
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View Photos from the 2017 northern CA training


View Photos from the 2016 southern CA training

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