Gathering At The Table is now accepting applications to the roles of Emersion Chef Fellow and Food Justice Fellow to serve from January – December 2017. We seek service-oriented students (undergraduate or graduate level) at the University of Kentucky who are motivated, focused, take initiative, and demonstrate an interest in food system-related issues, and exemplifies:

  • Commitment to sustainable agriculture, food systems, and social justice;
  • Leadership as a student at the University of Kentucky;
  • Excellence in organization, written and oral communication, and time-management skills; and
  • Readiness to work autonomously and in team settings.

Fellows receive:

  • $1000 stipend for Spring 2017;
  • $1000 stipend for Summer 2017;
  • $1000 stipend for Fall 2017;
  • Training and advising; and
  • Connection to a dynamic community and network.

For those interested in applying to serve as a student fellow, please:

  1. Review the position descriptions below
  2. Prepare a cover letter that indicates which of the fellowship positions you which to be considered for, and indicates your interest and qualifications for that position. Applicants may elect to be considered for both positions.
  3. Submit the cover letter and a current resume as either a PDF or Microsoft Word file, attached to an email sent to with the subject line: "Application for Gathering At The Table Student Fellowship"
  4. Applications must be submitted by 5 pm, January 25th.

Interested students are welcome to contact either Tanya Whitehouse ( or Amanda Hege ( with any questions or clarifications.

Food Justice Fellow Position Summary:

The Food Justice Fellow leads the Food Justice dinners in which attendees ‘pay what they can’ for a local, sustainably sourced and healthful meal accompanied by dialogue related to food justice and security. Revenue from dinners will serve as seed money to fund for future purchases of produce from farms that would otherwise go to waste; thereby enriching the farm economy. The Fellow implements the dinners with the support from the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition and the Food Connection at UK.  The time commitment is approximately 10 hours per week. 

The Food Justice Fellow will:

  • Be part of the Gathering at the Table leadership team and attend bi-weekly meetings; 
  • Plan, prepare, manage and lead the Food Justice dinners;
  • Promote the Food Justice dinners on-campus to faculty, staff and students through a variety of methods; 
  • Facilitate conversation at the first Food Justice dinner to determine topics of interest;
  • Collaborate with community partners to invite “Guests of Honor” to facilitate conversation about sustainable food systems; 
  • Assist with data collection and evaluation;
  • Meet weekly with mentor, Amanda Hege, to discuss the program and ask any questions; and
  • All other duties as assigned.

Emersion Chef Fellow Position Summary:

The Emersion Chef Fellow is a student with demonstrated culinary, community development, administration, and event organization experience and the position will be open to an undergraduate or graduate student. The fellow will support the Co-Leads in logistics preparations for both the Emersion Chef trainings and the Food Justice dinners from the kitchen standpoint, administratively aid with follow-up and tracking demos performed by trained Emersion Chefs, record check-out and check-in of demo kits and canopies, document any damaged items needing replacement, assist with sourcing and errands for sourcing as needed, and summarize all pre- and post-demo surveys into a report. The time commitment is approximately 10 hours per week. 

The Emersion Chef Fellow will possess culinary knowledge and experience, event coordination strategies, leadership abilities among peers and community members, and an aptitude for communicating with a wide variety of stakeholders. In addition, they will have reliable transportation to farms and off-site demonstrations in which Emersion Chef kits, food, and tent may be transported, and be willing and able to obtain a food handler’s permit from the Fayette County Health Department (if not already certified).

The Emersion Chef Fellow will:

  • Assist with Emersion Chef recruitment and enrollment;
  • Co-coordinate Emersion Chef trainings including communications, sourcing, set-up, cleaning, and break-down;
  • Create demonstration kit inventory and lending system as well as maintain clean, functioning kits;
  • Coordinate and facilitate successful completion of chef demonstrations, including serving as key liaison with chefs and demonstration sites
  • Collaborate with chefs to create supplemental documents and educational aids for demonstrations;
  • Coordinate with Food Justice fellow to assist with preparations for Food Justice Dinners as needed;
  • Meet regularly with Chef Tanya to provide updates on programming, ask questions, and troubleshoot;
  • Assist with grant administration and evaluation activities.