Focus on Food Systems Leadership

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Focus on Food Systems Leadership can be taken as a stand alone program or part of the Food Systems Leadership Certificate Program. 

About Focus on…

Everyone eats and everyone wants access to sufficient quantities of affordable, healthy and nutritious food to support their lifestyle. 

Food safety, food defense, food security, nutritional security, obesity and sustainability all are grand challenges associated with food systems. The production, processing, manufacture, storage, distribution and sale of food also involves social and economic issues like gender justice, equitable communities, land reform, international development and poverty alleviation.

Competencies 

This 5-day skills-based course will introduce participants to select integrative leadership strategies useful in addressing the global grand challenges using examples of food systems grand challenges. Specifically, we will focus on leadership practices that foster collective action across diverse groups of people, including:

  • Hosting dialogue, debate and deliberation;
  • Mapping polarities and balancing paradox;
  • Designing inclusive decision-making processes.

Who Should Attend

  • Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and upper level undergraduates
  • Faculty and Educators
  • Minnesota legislative staff and government agency officials
  • Producer and Industry professionals

Registration

  • Program will be available for both Professional Development, at a cost of $1365.00 and
  • Graduate academic credit: Leadership to Address Global Grand Challenges, 1.5 credit course is cross listed as PVS 5998 and HSPA 5152 

Food Systems Leadership Certificate

Food systems encompass all processes and policies around food from farm to fork. Commodity organizations, food companies, and government agencies want employees whose disciplinary expertise is matched by a broad understanding of food systems and critical skills for working in interdisciplinary teams dealing with complex challenges. 

The Food Systems Leadership Certificate was designed to give participants the broad food systems understanding that employers want. Three week-long intensive sessions focusing on the production, policy and protection of food make up the certificate. Courses will be taught an interdisciplinary teams of faculty from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the School of Public Health. 

Completing the certificate program with a cohort of working professionals and graduate students from other disciplines will increase your career  opportunities, and expand your network among potential employers, campus faculty and grad students. 

Food Systems Leadership Certificate FAQ

  • Focus on Food Production, August 28-September 1, 2017
  • Focus on Food Systems Leadership, January 8-12, 2018
  • Focus on Food Policy & Protection, May 21-25, 2018 

Focus on Food Systems Leadership

Dates:
January 8-12, 2018

Register:
Professional Development - Opening November 2017
Academic Credit - Opening November 2017

Contact us:
Sarah Summerbell
peter415@umn.edu
612-626-1948

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