This fall, students in the new School of Global and International Studies at IU Bloomington embarked on a study of global food security, with an emphasis on engaging directly with local food agencies. This service-learning course, taught by Olga Kalentzidou, director of undergraduate studies at SGIS, evaluated issues of food availability, security and sovereignty. Throughout the course, students volunteered with Bloomington organizations such as Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, a local food pantry that provides nutrition education and community gardens.
“Experiential learning is at the forefront of the School of Global and International Studies,” Kalentzidou said. “I have great hopes that this is going to be a school that trains its students to be more involved in the community.”