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The Pacific Food Studies Op-Ed Fellowship

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A Place at the Table: The Pacific Food Studies OpEd Fellowship is a national initiative to increase the diversity of voices among thought leaders in Op-Ed Food Media.

Created in partnership with University of the Pacific Food Studies program (Pacific Food Studies), The Culinary Trust (TCT), and The Op-Ed Project, the Pacific Food Studies Op-Ed Fellowship will provide food writers, scholars, and journalists (print, digital, and multimedia) from underrepresented communities with the training and support to craft and publish Op-Ed pieces about critical food issues. Inspired by The Op-Ed Project, our approach is playful, dynamic and results-oriented-games, high stakes scenarios, and group thought experiments that will challenge you to think more expansively about what you know, why it matters, and how it can create positive change in the food industry.

The intensive program is designed to push thinking and challenge assumptions. The Fellowship will prepare selected participants to create influential journalism pieces addressing critical issues in food. Fellows accepted into the program participate in a dynamic one and one-half day workshop held at University of the Pacific's new state-of-the-art campus in the SoMa (South of Market) district of San Francisco and benefit from a three-month mentorship to help them produce at least one high-quality food journalism piece in their chosen media platform.

The Culinary Trust offers education, resources, food action grants, food writing programs -with a particular emphasis on food writing that makes a difference. That's why we've partnered with The Op-Ed Project, whose mission is to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world. A starting goal is to increase the number of women thought leaders in key commentary forums to a tipping point. It is a social venture founded to drive bigger and better ideas into the world. Learn more at theopedproject.org.  The program is offered at Pacific's new state-of-the-art campus in the SoMa (South of Market) district of San Francisco.  University of the Pacific offers the first Food Studies master's degree program on the West Coast.  The Master of Arts in Food Studies program is designed for working professionals with a career or personal interest in food and the ways that people grow, prepare and profit from it, historically and across cultures. The multidisciplinary program prepares students for success in food-related professions, ranging from food writing, food history, advocacy, and policymaking to consumer research and other business-related pursuits. Course offerings represent many disciplines including Anthropology, History, Sociology, Literature, and Law, with emphasis on mastering research and writing skills. Learn more at University of the Pacific.