The Food Systems Leadership Institute is beginning to recruit Fellows for a 2007 cohort. The FSLI is a national leadership development program of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), the nation’s oldest higher education association.Its mission is to create a cadre of leaders who are dedicated to developing broader, more integrated and collaborative food systems focused on healthy humans, environments, communities, and economies.
The FSLI is designed for experienced leaders from public higher education, government and industry (the current list of FSLI fellows includes one of our colleagues: Robin Shepard, Associate Professor of Life Sciences Communication and Assistant Dean and State Program Leader for UW-Extension. Substantial changes are underway in higher education, food and agriculture and the need for innovative leadership with creative solutions is more critical than ever. Bioenergy, federal funding, community-based food systems, and international trade are only a few of the complex issues we face. We must ensure that we are developing leaders who are equipped to address the challenges and opportunities of the future.
FSLI Fellows from cohorts 1 and 2 are already having an impact. Fellows and their supervisors’ are reporting significant growth in the Fellows leadership abilities, learning new skills for organizational change, and gaining a broader sense of the context, complexity, and urgency of food systems issues. Fellows are advancing to positions of greater responsibility and are creating change by developing new research, education, and extension programs that will impact our global community.
By engaging new and traditional stakeholders alike in proactive dialogue on drivers of change in food systems, FSLI Fellows will be prepared to address how higher education can respond to the needs of our society.
Please consider participating or nominating an appropriate candidate to join in this important program. For more information or to apply, please visit www.fsli.org.