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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.

Excerpted from Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, edited by Thomas Ehrlich, published by Oryx Press, 2000, Preface, page vi.

 

Community Engagement is an integral part of our academic programs (fall, spring, summer and internship programs). We believe that interacting with the local community adds value to the study abroad experience, allowing students to put theory into practice and to expand their communication skills. It teaches them how to work in a ‘cross-cultural’ environment with people from diverse cultures, varying educations, different skills and backgrounds.

Gustolab International Food Systems and Sustainability provides a combination of study with several levels of community engagement and volunteering opportunities related to the student’s future career goals. 

 

EXAMPLES OF HOW OUR STUDENTS ARE INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY IN ROME THROUGH GLi

 

Cerealia Festival

 

GLi Summer Program students in the “Nutrition and Culture” course had the opportunity to partake in the Cerealia festival, conducting research and surveys on lifestyle and the consumption of grains in Italy and abroad. Students in the GLi “Food Media, Communication and Trends” course worked as video reporters, filming and interviewing participants. They produced two final products: a commercial that the festival still uses worldwide today to showcase their event and a nine minute short documentary that shows the role of Cerealia and the “sagra” festival at large as a means to promote and preserve traditions.

Food Waste Hackathon

 

Last spring students had the opportunity to participate in the Hack Waste Roma event, a speed hackathon for innovative ideas. The goal was to find creative solutions to limit waste and use food surplus.

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