FScN message on the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd

Monday, June 1, 2020

Dear Members of the Food Science and Nutrition Community,

We acknowledge and share the feelings of sadness and anger in our community after the brutal killing of George Floyd. The anger and outrage that we are witnessing in the Twin Cities arises from the deep feelings of frustration and despair that many of our communities, in particular communities of color, experience that originate in the injustice and discrimination present in our society. We know that these feelings are widely shared and articulated in our university community, among our students, staff and faculty.

The current happenings provide additional motivation for our Department to engage with our communities in mutual communication and collaboration. Many of our students and faculty are engaging in collaborative work with the Midtown Global Market, the Cultural Wellness Center, and other cultural, community and health centers in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota. We are looking for ways to deepen our current work and explore new ways that are actionable and meaningful, from coursework to community engagement, and we invite your input.

Intrinsic to Food Science and Nutrition is our collaborative work around an essential daily resource: food. Food is not only part of our diet, but also reflects the culture and identity of all of our communities. It represents the diversity that enriches our lives and allows us to connect.

We want to remind you that we have resources for self care, mental health, challenging racism and promoting inclusivity:


We are concerned with the issue of food access for our students and the greater Twin Cities community who have been affected by the unrest over the past three days. The Nutritious U Food Pantry is open to students on Wednesdays at Coffman Union from 3-6pm. 

If you’d like to help, you can donate here. If you don’t live on campus, you can find more food resources here.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me as Department Head, or to Graduate Program Coordinator Andrew Howe, Undergraduate Program Coordinator Sara Cannon and Senior Academic Advisor Robin Perez if you need to talk, would like to be directed to resources, or want to bring up an idea or suggestion. We value our community and all individuals that are part of it. Its diversity and interrelationships with our wider society are sources of strength.

On behalf of the Food Science and Nutrition department,

Job Ubbink, Department Head

Sara Cannon, Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Andrew Howe, Graduate Program Coordinator 

Robin Perez, Senior Academic Advisor