Maybe it is my background in international food security, sustainable diets and agricultural education, but I need to see results and be able to measure the impact of my work. When dealing with issues like nutrition and food security – we have to get it right. Results better be improved dietary diversity, improved agricultural production with a reduction in exposure to toxins, or improved ecosystem services such as pollination so that families have harvest and nutrition security from pollination-dependent fruit and vegetable plants.
Global sustainability challenges require more of higher education institutions. We measure our success not just by what the institution does, but also by the sustainable challenges that we empower our students to address.
As an online program, we have students living and working in the communities that they care to support. The success of any program that I want to be involved in should be based upon the sustainability-enhancing changes that students are able to bring about in their communities as a result of their interaction with the institution, our faculty and the peer network that you will develop through the program. Your peers in the program are dietitians, chefs, growers, educators, journalists, entrepreneurs, employees of food processors and distributors, advocates, active duty military, in the Reserves and/or National Guard, Veterans, and those looking to engage in food systems from other disciplines and backgrounds.
Put another way, under my directorship of the MSFS program, student success is not just about the degree but about supporting our students to bring about the changes that they want to see in their communities and the organizations where they work. Green Mountain College understands this as a mission-driven institution and is the perfect platform as you take the next step in your career.
What MSFS students do with their Green Mountain College education is impactful and inspirational.
Dr. Robin Currey
MSFS Program Director