Univ. Communications – The University of Rochester was recently recognized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as one of the country’s most vegan-friendly small schools. Though UR came in sixth behind schools like Northwestern, Georgetown, and Brown, this was also the first year the University was included on the list.
The rise in vegan food options on campus are due to increased administrative awareness on the part of Dining Services and active campaigning and outreach by the Student Association of Vegan and Vegetarian Youth (SAVVY). On-campus vegan options such as kung pao tofu, vegan cheese quesadillas, and tofu ravioli with wild-mushroom pesto were highlighted.
The ranking factored in online voting, quality and variety of vegan food, schools’ enthusiasm in promoting their options, and student feedback.
SAVVY’s mission is to “help reduce animal suffering by increasing awareness of animal rights issues and providing support for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone who is interested in learning about how our dietary and lifestyle choices affect animals, humans, and the environment.” The group hosts potlucks, film screenings, and discussion meetings and is open to anyone, vegetarian or not. They meet weekly on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Ruth Merril Center.
Article written by Maya Dukmasova, a Take 5 Scholar at the University of Rochester and an intern at University Communications. She majored in philosophy and religion and focused her Take 5 year on researching the way American media covers current events in the Muslim world. An aspiring journalist, Dukmasova has freelanced for Rochester Magazine, the Phoenix New Times, and the Daily News Egypt in Cairo. She also maintains two blogs, one devoted to culture and society in Russia (www.out-of-russia.com) and the other to photography (www.myorientalism.com).
Photo courtesy of SAVVY.