Food sovereignty project honored for engagement beyond campus borders

April 15, 2015

A project supported by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the School of Human Ecology is among six UW-Madison initiatives spanning four continents to be honored for engagement with local and global communities beyond university boundaries by the campus alliance Wisconsin Without Borders.

Urban and Regional Planning graduate students Riley Balikian and Jessica Buechler, along with Landscape Architecture undergraduate Tony Castagnoli, will receive the Excellence in Community Based Research award for their work with the Oneida Nation Planning Department to further develop the Oneida Nation Integrated Food System (OCIFS).

The three students aided the OCIFS in their goal to develop food sovereignty for the Oneida Nation by supporting culturally relevant healthy food options on the reservation. This includes traditional agriculture, beef and bison farms, a cannery, food outlets, a farmer's market, and more.

The six awardees (view the full list of recipients) will by honored in a campus ceremony Friday, April 24 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Wisconsin Idea Room at the Education Building on Bascom Hill. The ceremony is open to the entire campus and community. 

Wisconsin Without Borders (WWB) is a UW-Madison alliance and award program that recognizes globally engaged interdisciplinary scholarship and fosters excellence by networking through joint learning activities. WWB draws on the history and values of the Wisconsin Idea and the many remarkable partnerships that UW-Madison faculty members and students have initiated, both in Wisconsin and around the world.

Wisconsin Without Borders is a partnership between the Morgridge Center for Public Service, the Global Health Institute and the Division of International Studies.