ERIC Number: EJ1046946
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Dietary Identities in Higher Education: Attracting and Accommodating Vegetarian and Vegan Students
Parks, Rodney L.; Evans, Brett A.
College and University, v89 n3 p12-23 2014
As adherents of vegetarianism and veganism form a dedicated minority within the United States and constitute comparatively greater proportions of the populations at U.S. colleges and universities, this qualitative study investigates the unique challenges these communities face in higher education. The exploratory study draws upon two sets of interviews of six vegetarian and vegan students who attend a southern private university. Participants perceived significant barriers as a result of dining and housing policies and believed university administration should offer programming and resources to better support students with plant-based diets. These results imply that administrators who wish to better attract and retain vegetarian and vegan students may need to reevaluate inflexible and unaccommodating policies involving many aspects of campus, not simply those related to dining.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Nutrition, Qualitative Research, Barriers, College Housing, Dining Facilities, Food Service, Phenomenology, Resource Allocation, Trend Analysis, Student Recruitment, School Holding Power, Health Needs, Eating Habits, Dietetics, Undergraduate Students, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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