Meet some of our current undergraduate students!


Rebecca Bressman

Majors: Human Development & Family Sciences; Sustainability

Rebecca is a post-baccalaureate student majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences with a minor in Health Management and Policy. In addition, she is completing a certificate in Food in Culture and Social Justice. Rebecca completed her MPH in the Primary Health and Healthcare Disparities track and understands how food insecurity impacts our health and wellness.  She also knows firsthand how social determinants of health impact our ability to access not only healthy foods but food in general. Upon graduating, Rebecca will be looking to pursue a career path that relates to public health and/or social services in hopes of decreasing inequalities within her community.


David Cox

Major: History

“I would like to apply what I had learned in the food justice certificate program to help lessen the impact that a food desert has on an area.”


Anna Liu

Major: Political Science

"I want to learn more about the different types of Chinese cuisine served in the United States. My dad owned a very Americanized Chinese restaurant in Beaverton when I was growing up and he would tell me, 'the food we serve is Chinese, but not the same as the food cooked in China.' This statement really confused me until I took my first FCSJ course, ES 464: Food & Ethnic Identity. Authentic or not, it's original and I hope I can understand how Americanized Chinese food came to be."

Isabel Mace-McLatchie

Major: Natural Resources, Forest Ecosystems & Society

A student in Natural Resources, Isabel is particularly fascinated by ecotones, the areas of transition between two biological communities. Isabel sees food as an ecotone of sorts, the place where the lines between the human and more-than-human become blurred, providing an opportunity for humans to build healing, reciprocal relationships with both each other and the natural world.


Mary Nelson

Major: Sustainability

Mary is pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree in Sustainability and the undergraduate certificate Food in Culture & Social Justice. She hopes to work in the field of anti-hunger/anti-poverty, focusing predominantly on food insecurity. She is also very interested in food sovereignty and will continue to fight for her Black, Brown, and Indigenous siblings. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing D&D with friends.


Sarah Zimmerman

Major: Public Health

“I am interested in working within the realm of food security to create programs that bring greater access to healthy, affordable food within my community.”


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