College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards: Accepted to MPH program, CUNY School of Public Health, 2012
Food for Thought
Diane Kolack, a 2012 grad, came to CUNY Baccalaureate with nine years of working and volunteering in the areas of sustainable food, law and politics. She holds a certificate in holistic health and nutrition, has taught cooking from a natural foods perspective, has studied the psychology of food and the diets of different cultures and regions and has an interfaith seminary education that influences the way she thinks of social justice issues.
In CUNY Baccalaureate, she studied the social, economic, cultural and psychological factors that have influenced food consumption practices and patterns, as well as the environmental, ethical and economic factors in food production and distribution.
Concurrent with her seminary studies, she founded the Sunnyside Community Agriculture group, eatwellguide.org/i.php?id=spotlight_sunnysidecsa, which supports organic farmers on Long Island. She is also a member of a group of community leaders and other CUNY students developing the Queens Harvest Food Co-op, queensharvestcoop.com, near the largest public housing development in the city, which lacks supermarkets and high-quality food at affordable prices.
Kolack hopes to leverage her degree in a position in the public or private sector, working to improve the food system for everyone.