Navigating Open Learning Modules: It’s not just “Just Food”

Navigating Open Learning Modules: It’s not just “Just Food”

The pandemic and international racial injustices have heightened the need and urgency for educators and organizers to embed topics related to equity, justice and anti-oppression into their courses and teachings, to increase individuals’ capacities to engage with these topics, but many are unsure how to do this. The Just Food project explores social justice issues by employing food as a pedagogical tool to connect theoretical understandings and terminology to elements of the day-to-day. While these modules were developed in the post-secondary setting, they have wide applicability across sectors.

Date: Thursday, November 19th.
Time: 12:30 pm PDT.
Link to Register: Register for the Zoom meeting here

This session will highlight the following:

  • How to navigate the Just Food website and access resources housed on it
  • Identify ways educators in and outside of post-secondary institutions can engage with the online resources
  • Suggest methods to use and adapt the modules

The Just Food project website includes seven learning modules on various food systems themes (such as a food justice primer, migrant labour, Indigenous foodways, international development) and a facilitator’s guide. Each learning module contains a backgrounder on the theme, suggested learning outcomes, sample readings and discussion questions, in-depth activity instructions, and examples of assessments. The learning modules are suitable for adaptation across many disciplines, including agriculture, food studies, nutrition, geography, sociology, anthropology, education, planning, political sciences, and more.


Rachel Cheang 張伶璘, Just Food Project Assistant

Rachel Cheang 張伶璘 Born and raised in Singapore, Rachel is an immigrant settler, uninvited guest and student-organizer living and learning on stolen Musqueam homelands. She organizes for climate justice and believes in using design and art as activism and creative troublemaking. Rachel believes in the power of collective action in mitigating climate change and seeks to explore and build networks of care and support within justice movements.

Meryn Corkery, Just Food Project Assistant

Meryn Corkery (she/her) is a white settler living on the stolen lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) people. As an undergraduate student studying nutrition and sustainable food systems, she realized that many food issues are tied to larger systems reinforcing inequity. When not spending her time glued to her laptop exploring these themes, Meryn also loves baking, exploring nearby trails, and seeing how far away she can get by bike.