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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
Aug 12, 2022
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Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
Limited options and more than one instance of mislabeling non gf food as gf
As I said, blaze and chipotle are reliable favorites. There are also pricier restaurants that I have once or twice a year
Details About this Student's Food Restrictions
How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease?
If you indicated celiac or gluten intolerance, how sensitive are you to gluten?
Very: React to small amounts
Add details to help us better understand your food restrictions (e.g. sensitivity level, potential reaction, need for EPI pen)
I do not carry an epi pen, I only avoid gluten
Details About this Student's College Dining Experience
Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected when you decided to attend?
Mostly not what I expected
Have you had a reation from eating in your dining hall?
If Yes, describe each incident and how your school responded
They promised improvement going into sophomore year
Did you register your food restriction with the disabilities office? If yes, describe
Yes I did. I asked for more lenience on missing class due to Celiac flare ups or reactions
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
There are no resources provided to me that I trust
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
More options and thorough allergy training. Emerson claims they are making these changes
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
It’s so incredibly socially isolating. Everyone goes out to eat and the way I deal with it is just by sitting there and drinking water
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
No it did not
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
Never eat food made in the Max. Unless you’re eating something pre packaged, make sure to ask about the allergy situation
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
Emerson is a small school with few dining halls. My meal plan involves 24 meals a week from this dining hall
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
There’s a blaze pizza, chipotle and 7/11 on the same block as the dorms
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Talk to housing, talk to the dining hall chef, talk to student services. Emerson will provide these
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
Do not eat anything you didn’t bring with you
Any other advice or comments?
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