What does your week usually involve in regards to work?
My work week consists of conducting research on all things related to food insecurity at the academic level. I then apply my research to create projects and programs that attempt to alleviate the stressors of food insecurity at the University of Regina. My week also consists of creating and maintaining relationships with community stakeholders, who are a huge part of the success of our programs.
Are you a student? If so, what year of study and what field?
I am not a student, but I am a recent graduate in the field of Environmental and Soil Sciences.
How will this job help you in that field, in the future, and right now?
This job is helping me gain experience in a field I feel passionate about. Working with the academic community exposes me to innovative and progressive ideas. My position encourages me to utilize my skills in a creative and meaningful way, while also providing me with new, beneficial experiences. I am confident I will be able to take these skills with me throughout future endeavours.
What do you like the most about your job?
I love that I get to focus my energy on projects that can enhance our academic community. My job encourages me to use a progressive and sustainable approach when answering questions related to food insecurity and allows me to build meaningful connections with other people.
What do you like most about working at URSU?
The staff at URSU inspires me every day to learn, create and have an open mind. Working with a group of people who strive to make a difference is so refreshing and rewarding.
What are the biggest challenges or obstacles?
Since my position is new, not a lot of research has gone into this topic. My biggest obstacle has been determining the extent to which food insecurity is a problem on campus. There are many barriers to evaluating food insecurity, and a lot of work has to be done before we can fully understand how to revitalize our food systems on campus.
How does your work benefit the students of the University of Regina and its Federated Colleges? How does it benefit the community?
My work provides education and support to students who experience negative feelings associated with food insecurity. It is my goal to provide our community with the nutrition and tools they need to succeed in their academic endeavours. By providing food in an accessible, nutritious, safe, and culturally appropriate way, we are hoping to cultivate a stronger and more resilient community, in academia and beyond.
What have you learned during your time working with URSU?
During my time at URSU, I have learned how crucial it is for my health to work for an organization that supports my morals and belief systems. URSU has shown me that my passions are important and relevant, and I will always work for an organization that supports me in this way.
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