Students' voice for campus dining
We, the Student Culinary Council (SCC), are a team of students who advocate for students’ dining voices on and off campus. We work hard to gather student opinions and advocate for them with University Dining Services to make them come to fruition.
The Student Culinary Council makes real change on campus through the help of University Dining Services and University administration to create the ideal dining experience for students. This not only includes the food items offered on campus but also the promotion of food safety and sustainable food practices. Food opinions are dynamic to the student body and we work hard to keep up with healthy food options all while looking at our environmental impact as a campus.
How to get involved
Take our dining experience survey. We want to hear from you!
Attend a meeting
We love to hear new ideas and invite any student to stop by our montly open meetings, located in the Culinary MakerSpace on the ground floor of the Hinman Dining Center.
Meetings are Mondays from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
*If you would like to attend one of our weekly meetings, email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are planning to attend.
Apply to be a on-campus liason
The on-campus liaison position is for students who live on campus and are interested in helping to improve the dining experience for their fellow students. The responsibilities of this position include attending weekly meetings and reporting on the dining hall they represent. We want to hear about what is working, what is not working and what students want to see changed or added to residential and retail dining. On-campus liaisons should be passionate about food and comfortable speaking to fellow students. We are aiming to have a maximum of three representatives from each dining hall.
We focus on efforts towards:
- Residential Dining: We implement suggestions that bring improvement to our dining halls by working with the chefs and kitchen staff directly.
- Retail Dining: We work directly with administration and students to find improvements or additions to all retail dining facilities including the Marketplace, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Jazzman's, Chenango Room, Starbucks, Subway and so much more.
- Nutrition: We support our nutritionist and dieticians on campus to gain student feedback about healthier and more sustainable food offerings to better accommodate dietary needs of students.
- Environmental/Social Responsibility: We ensure the environmental impacts of food purchasing decisions are thoughtfully considered and verify we are doing the best we can to create a sustainable campus.
SCC notable projects
We brought OZZITM, a sustainable container recovery program, to campus
- We helped formulate the food safety policy on campus in collaboration with the Student Association (SA), BUDS, Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), Graduate Student Organization (GSO), and others to endorse and ensure safer food practices on campus
- We, in collaboration with BUFS and BUDS, brought Beyond MeatTM and numerous vegan/vegetarian options onto campus
- We team up with OCCT to fund free busing to Binghamton’s local farmer’s market
- We advocated for greater Nite Owl options for more late-night food choices
- We brought Starbucks and Subway to campus