The UM Sustainable Food Program fosters collaborative leadership that empowers students to create a sustainable food system at the University of Michigan while becoming change agents for a vibrant planet.
The UMSFP Leadership Team members are paid employees of Student Life Sustainability. They work to organize and amplify the voices of students and UMSFP member groups in U-M sustainable food programs, policies, and events.
Program in the Environment (B.A. 2022)
Morgan enjoys being outdoors, reading, traveling, and photography. She's also always down to watch a good documentary or try new food! She is interested in environmental law and policy, with a possible food minor or public policy minor. She is also in Women and Science and Engineering Residence Program (WISE-RP), where she mentors freshmen and plans events for the community.
Environmental Engineering and Program in the Environment (BSE 2021)
Courtney is a junior studying Environmental Engineering and minoring in the Program in the Environment. She is involved in many sustainable organizations on campus such as Students for Clean Energy, the Sustainability Committee through the Engineering Student Government and Friends of the Campus Farm. Her favorite part about working at UMSFP has been helping to plan the annual harvest fest which is a showcase of all of our member groups located at the campus farm. In her free time, she enjoys playing Wallyball through the IM leagues, volunteering, and Zumba.
LSA: Microbiology and Food and the Environment Minor (B.S. 2021)
Arynne is a junior studying Microbiology and minoring in Food and the Environment, with a special interest in food waste and compost awareness. Along with being Co-President for UMSFP, she is also a student manager at South Quad dining hall and a part-time dog mom. In her free time, she enjoys running, doing yoga, cooking vegan food, tending her succulents and playing with her dog.
Elementary Education (B.A. 2021)
Emily is the current Co-President of UMSFP, and has been involved with the group for about two years. Emily is passionate about making our food systems more equitable and accessible for everyone. Outside of UMSFP she enjoys being outside, making kombucha, and working with kids!
Program in the Environment (B.A. 2022)
Braeden is a sophomore in the Program in the Environment who is hoping to double major in Economics or Communications and minor in Business. He is interested in Urban Planning and sustainable business. He is currently the director of member relations, and is involved in planning events like Rooting for Change and the upcoming Campus Farm stand. He is also involved in the Student Hunger Initiative, one of our member groups. In his free time he likes playing guitar, listening to music, cooking, and riding his motorcycle.
Program in the Environment and a minor in Food and the Environment (B.A. 2021)
Helen is a junior studying PitE with an interest in food and environmental justice. Along with UMSFP, she is involved with the Campus Farm and is working as the Garden Manager at the UM Biological Station this summer. Aside from growing food, Helen enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time in her hammock.
Interdisciplinary Chemical Science (B.S. 2021)
Klea Gjonaj is currently a rising senior the college of LSA studying Interdisciplinary Chemical Science. She has been apart of the UMSFP for two years now, and it has been an amazing experience! Outside of being a sustainable foodie, she loves to spend her free time running, watching reality TV with her roommates, and drinking coffee.
UMSFP Advisor, Student Life Sustainability
Sustainability Specialist Clara Gamalski works as an advisor to UMSFP and the Planet Blue Student Leaders. Clara is a U-M graduate and received a M.A. in Food Studies from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has more than five years of experience working in education and engagement work around sustainable and equitable food systems at higher education institutions. Most recently, Clara managed a food justice program at the University of Detroit Mercy focused on leadership development and community-engaged learning. Prior to that, she worked at Conflict Kitchen, a food and arts initiative at Carnegie Mellon University. Clara represents the institutional food sector on the Detroit Food Policy Council and participated in a year-long fellowship with the Detroit Equity Action Lab, a project of Wayne State University’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. She is active in a number of food and environmental justice initiatives in Southeastern Michigan, including the Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit and Make Food Not Waste.
The UMSFP Advisory Board is a group made up of students, professionals, and educators. Their role is to offer advice and support to the leadership team and member groups. Our current Advisory Board is:
- Susan Aaronson, School of Public Health
- Shannon Brines, School for Environment and Sustainability and farmer-owner of Brines Farm
- Emily Canosa, Sustainable Living Experience and former UMSFP Manager
- Ray De Young, School for Environment and Sustainability
- Bob Grese, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and the School for Environment and Sustainability
- Sara Soderstrom, Organizational Studies & Program in the Environment
- Keith Soster, Michigan Dining Director of Sustainability and Student Engagement
- Joe Trumpey, School of Art and Design
Food systems have many parts that range from production to distribution and waste management, and at UM there are students working to improve and educate people about this extensive system. In the past, these student organizations have hosted educational dinners, organized film screenings, planted community gardens, and much more. We support these students, the University of Michigan and greater Michigan communities by helping them reach a broader audience and organize their unique visions into collective action around sustainable food through shared communication, backbone support, and access to mini-grant funds. Interested in becoming a member group? Email email@example.com to find out how.
Student Hunger Initiative