Celebrating Five Years of the Nazun Cohort!

Collage: 2022-2023 Cohort, college students in the program

Each year, Nazun Advocacy engages with students across the country in leadership roles with one common goal: to organize and advocate for solutions to ending hunger on their college campuses. This program is called the Nazun Cohort (formerly known as the Campus Hunger Project Cohort). As we enter the final weeks of the 2021-2022 school year, it is a great time to reflect on the past five years of cohort campaigns and impact – and to look forward to welcoming a new group of passionate hunger champions for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Since 2017, the Nazun Cohort has engaged with students across the country – both on campuses with active Nazun chapters and on those without. As Nazun continues to grow and serve more campuses across the country, we also know that hunger is not limited to any one school or geographic area. The cohort is a great opportunity for students at schools without a Nazun chapter or other student hunger resources to get their foot in the door to catalyzing positive change in their communities. 

The five groups of students who have made up our past cohorts have made measurable change in their communities and impacted the pressing issue of student hunger for the long-term. Cohort campaigns and projects have included (but are not limited to!): establishing meal-swipe donation programs, working cross-functionally with student orgs and administration to expand dining hall hours during breaks for students who cannot return home, re-imagining what resources incoming students are provided at annual orientation programs – and much more. 

From the staff and board at Nazun, please join us in sending a big congratulations to the current cohort of students as they finalize their campaigns and move forward having made a difference in the lives of their fellow students. Congratulations to Ellie Berkenblit & Mia Rothberg (Macalester College), Nikki Kasotis & Riya Shah (Temple University), Tadiwanashe Gwatiringa (Cornell University), Sarah Vacca (Clark University), and Cassie Kearney & Amelia Seepersaud (Middlebury College)!

Current cohort members Eleanor (​​Macalester College) and Riya Shah (Temple University) had this to say about her experience: 

Eleanor: “The Cohort experience has allowed me to advocate for myself and what I believe in! It has been great to connect to the community on my campus and work on food insecurity on campuses across the country.” 

Riya: “I really enjoyed meeting with other individuals in different schools that were also working on food-insecurity projects and learning from both them and my mentor. This Cohort provided me with the resources and guidance to speak to administrators and organizations to get the campaign running and beneficial to all. Working with other motivated and determined people, I learned extensively about food insecurity experienced on my campus and the ways that the administration and student organizations are combating it.”

Looking ahead, Nazun is excited to announce that the application process for the 2022-2023 Nazun Advocacy Cohort is open! 

The cohort is a team of students from across the country who are leaders in ending hunger on their campuses. If you are or know a student who is passionate about working with their peers to address college food insecurity, want to develop their advocacy skills, and want to become leaders in a national movement – please apply or share this opportunity! Students do not need to be part of a Nazun chapter, or even be at a school with a chapter! As we continue to grow our national voice, we encourage students from all campuses to apply to address hunger in their communities.

We’ve had students use their experience and skills gained from the cohort to immediately impact hunger on their campus, and take those skills to the job market or to graduate school as a useful addition to their professional resume.

Use this link  to share and to apply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 15th, 2022. If you have any questions feel free to email me, or encourage your student contacts to email me at jeffrey@nazun.org.

Want more details? Check out our Cohort Application FAQ here, or read through our Nazun Advocacy Quick Sheet!