Food Studies Leaders


We are a team of UT students and faculty with a food focus towards education. We are working together to establish a “Food Studies” community and programs at The University of Texas at Austin that will encourage a broad discussion of food-related issues with the intention of creating change and innovation for tomorrow’s foodways.


Sara K. Young

I am a senior finishing a B.S. in Nutrition & Public Health and B.A. in Anthropology with a focus on food culture. I’m completing my senior thesis in the Jones Lab, a behavioral neuroscience lab, where I examine how degree of food reward affects motivation after stroke in rats. My clinical experience and volunteer work in rural communities ignited my passion and interest in food security and access. I strive to positively impact student health at UT by assessing the burden of food insecurity on campus and by building a coalition of existing food system resources. In my down time, I ride my motorcycle around the Austin hillcountry, read from my ever-growing stack of books, blog about food and politics, and travel.

“What we call the present is given shape by an accumulation of the past.” – Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

Vice President

James P. Collins

I’m a junior B.S. Environmental Science and B.A. Government dual-degree student. A past Project Leader of the UT Microfarm, I’m passionate about maintaining the value of local food and region foodways in urban areas. I currently serve as a Co-Ambassador of the Campus Environmental Center, UT’s oldest environmental student club. I believe climate change is the foremost challenge facing society, and I want to see all aspects of sustainability, especially environmental integrity and social equity, integrated with student life at UT. When I’m not studying, I can be found collecting books, turning compost, practicing Spanish, listening to KUTX, and hiking across the Texas Hill Country.

“[One] is rich in proportion to the number of things which [they] can afford to let alone.” – Thoreau, Walden

Secretary and Treasurer

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Social Media Coordinator

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Event Committee Coordinator

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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

Student Organization Advisor

Dr. Robyn Metcalfe – The advisor supports the activities of the FSP project in the following ways:

  • Act as a sounding board for student-initiated goals, programs, initiatives.
  • Provide link between university administration and faculty and the organization.
  • Initiate and build relationships between the organization and the university on multiple levels.
  • Advise the organization regarding university requirements, policies, and procedures.
  • Bring together university and community interests to learn about the FSP activities.
  • Support external community building activities, including media and press contacts.We are always eager to include new student leaders and work with passionate, like-minded individuals.