Rebecca Glazer ’18, who is working toward a self-designed major in Philosophies of Sustainable Development, has received a Udall Scholarship Honorable Mention.
The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian tribal policy, Native American health care, and the environment.
Glazer is actively involved with Colorado College’s organic student farm, and spent last summer as one of four student interns working at the CC Farm. She will return this year as the lead intern, and will work in Colorado College’s Office of Sustainability next year as the local food and community engagement intern. Glazer, from the San Francisco Bay Area, hopes to eventually own and run an ecological farm and education center which maintains the integrity and biodiversity of a natural ecosystem while also producing enough food to feed a community.
As part of the CC Farm’s mission to increase community engagement and food access in Colorado Springs, Glazer secured the student farm a spot at a local farmer's market in order to sell directly to the community, increasing food access to the downtown area.
“I want to involve my community in the entire life cycle of the food that sustains them, from planting to eating to saving seed for the next season,” Glazer says. “The goal is not only to increase access to fresh produce while sustainably stewarding the land and combatting climate change, but also to empower people to feed themselves and understand our deep interdependence on each other and the earth.”
She worked as a student ambassador for the USA Pavilion at the 2015 World Expo in Milan last summer, and has begun the process of building a seed library in Colorado Springs. “The library will be a bike-powered mobile unit offering free vegetable seeds, gardening classes, and seed-saving workshops at elementary schools and community centers,” she says. “It will be the first of its kind in the region, and will hopefully empower kids and their families to feed themselves and connect to the life cycle of their food and the earth that sustains them.”
She also founded a discussion group on campus where students meet each week to talk about a different facet of the food system and is co-chair of the CC Food Coalition, which seeks to improve the transparency and accountability in the campus’s food purchasing and encourage purchasing more from local farmers.