The Office of the President is the systemwide headquarters of the University of California, managing its fiscal and business operations, and supporting the academic and research missions across its campuses, labs and medical centers.
The University of California Global Food Initiative addresses one of the critical issues of our time: how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025.
UCLA students, faculty, and staff continue to serve in leadership roles as part of the University of California Office of the President’s (UCOP) Global Food Initiative (GFI), which was inspired by HCI and launched by President Napolitano in July 2014. GFI connects research, outreach, and operations to find sustainable solutions for food security and health. UCLA faculty members lead GFI subcommittees and UCLA students participate in the GFI Fellowship program (see the GFI section of our Progress Report for more details).
The Healthy Campus Network (HCN) is part of the second phase of GFI, in development since June 2015 by a UC-wide leadership team. HCN draws on lessons learned from GFI, UCLA’s HCI, UCSF’s removal of sugar-sweetened beverages from their campus, and the UC Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Policy implementation. HCN aims to:
- address the need for a strong and sustainable campus-coordinating structure “to make UC the healthiest place to work, learn and live;”
- maximize GFI’s value and further the UC’s mission of teaching, research, and service;
- institutionalize and maximize the initial investments made by GFI and expand to address further dimensions of wellbeing;
- transform the health and wellbeing of the entire UC system by infusing health into everyday
- operations, business practices, and academic mandates, thereby creating a health promoting university system;
- align with the State of California’s Let’s Get Healthy California initiative; and
- ultimately influence social norms so that a culture and environment of living well become integral to academic success at the University of California.
President Napolitano approved seed funding for 18 months (January 2017 – June 2018), to support the HCN vision. Each campus will develop or identify existing HCN initiatives based on location health/wellbeing priorities and will use identified strengths to build and strengthen cross-campus initiatives.
In June 2017, UCLA hosted the first HCN conference at the Renée and Meyer Luskin Conference Center. Representatives from all ten UC campuses attended and made progress towards developing their campuswide implementation and budget plans and towards determining a systemwide goal for the 2017 – 2018 academic year.
UCLA has served as a mentor to the other campuses during this process and many HCI representatives attended the conference to share their work and lessons learned (see Appendix XXIV for the conference agenda). The UCLA HCI team also created a series of toolkits to share some of our most impactful projects with the rest of the UC system, available at: http://bit.ly/2uGkp0z.
This website, a project of the University of California Office of the President’s Global Food Initiative, offers a toolkit of curated practical online resources to guide higher education institutions and other educational and community organizations, who work with pre-K-12 schools, to support student access to healthy and sustainable food.