Adult Learning Center
In addition to being a program of the Institute for Literacy Studies, the ALC also works closely with the Office of Academic Affairs at CUNY, which provides support to the various college-based adult learning centers throughout the CUNY system. A network of CUNY based adult education programs meet regularly to discuss and coordinate approaches to instruction, professional development, and administration.
At Lehman, the ALC has been an active participant in the Lehman College Edible Garden, cooperating closely with the Department of Health Sciences who share an interest in the garden. Several summers ago, we worked with Cornell Cooperative Extension, who ran a nutrition course for ALC students who also worked in the garden as part of their summer experience. More recently, we have collaborated with TV 411 to help pilot web-based educational modules for adult learners.
We also participate in other broad-based organization that support and advocate for adult literacy as a field, such as the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL). We are always eager to work with other organizations that complement our mission.
THE LEHMAN COLLEGE HEALTHY FOOD
FARM STAND AND FARM SHARE PROJECTS
For the past six years, Lehman College has been the site of a vibrant local food and food justice project. Fresh vegetables and fruits from local farms are available at Lehman most weeks of the year. People can buy weekly shares through the unique community supported agriculture project pioneered by the Corbin Hill Food Project. Or they can buy individual items at our weekly farm stand. This work is coordinated by ALC students and staff. These food projects are grounded in a set of core values: social justice; local food; health equity; environmental sustainability; community empowerment.
Social and Food Justice: Providing affordable healthy, fresh food to low-income people and communities. Fighting for fair wages and good working conditions for food workers.
Local Food: Supporting local farms and farmers. Helping build a democratic food system as an alternative to the corporate dominated food system that controls so much of what we eat.
Health Equity: Linking education about nutrition and healthy eating to the provision of fresh local produce.
Environmental Sustainability: Supporting farming practices that build and sustain healthy soil and local ecosystems while minimizing chemical inputs into our food and environment. Reducing the carbon footprint in food transportation by nurturing local food systems.
Community Empowerment: Honoring and incorporating our diverse communities’ knowledge, skills and cultural values. Helping students and community members build skills and credentials for meaningful work in food and nutrition fields. Building food-focused collaborations within Lehman and between Lehman and local communities.