Course Work and Projects
Having participated in ‘Friendsgiving’ at Florida International University during which we raised 1,000 meals for food insecure students, I decided to focus on these students for my Honors Innovation Project, which I completed with 4 other honors students.
We found that almost half of FIU’s population doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from. These students shouldn’t feel ashamed when they go to the food pantry. To decrease social fear, we are proposing a plan to integrate food insecure students with The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on campus. By using CAPS as a resource, students can express their insecurities and have someone that would accompany them to the food pantry.
Additionally, by coordinating with clubs on campus to hold food drives for the food pantry, students would become comfortable and aware of its purpose. Clubs could implement donations as a way to earn credit or points for the clubs. The same could be used in classrooms as a way of earning extra credit. By coordinating with the Honors College we could allow volunteer hours to be tracked when students oversee the food pantry or a donation drive.
To address the inflated price concerns for food at FIU, a proposal to provide food-insecure students with scholarship opportunities will be addressed. Students that qualify as food insecure would have a chance to earn money towards their dining expenses on campus. The pantry should also accept toiletries, such as toothpaste or shampoo, as donations to help cover additional expenses for food-insecure students.
These solutions provide ways to close the gap between the food pantry and food-insecure students. Doing so has been known to decrease malnutrition, increase academic performance, and improve the mental health of students.
type 1 Diabetes and Pregnancy
In my Life Cycles of Nutrition course, we were asked to create a handout for pregnant women based on a certain condition. I chose to create a flyer for pregnant moms with diabetes.
I created a concise, easy to read flyer that prevents an overview of nutrition tips for pregnant women with type 1 diabetes.