Gastronomy Students Association

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Under the direction of the all-student board, the Gastronomy Student Association (GSA) hosts events and fosters community spirit for students. While founded within the Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy and Food Studies Certificate programs, the GSA welcomes all students who are interested in the field of Food Studies. We host a variety of social and academic events, such as movie nights, potlucks, and themed discussions. This organization’s objective is to foster a supportive space in which students can more thoughtfully reflect and examine topics related to Food Studies outside of the classroom. 


Our mission is to offer resources for students that are interested in Food Studies to achieve their academic goals, connect with one another, and provide resources related to the field.


We acknowledge that we have created this organization on stolen land belonging to the Massachusetts tribe.


This organization aims to be a safe space for all of its members. We do not condone any form of harassment, especially along the lines of gender, sexuality, race, class, religion, ability, etc. With that being said, if any student feels unsafe or uncomfortable with any actions that occur within the organization, they should reach out to a member of the gastronomy leadership to address the situation.


We work to actively support food systems that prioritize, uplift, and empower marginalized communities along lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability. We commit to challenging racist, white supremacist rhetoric in all food systems and studies. We work to constantly reflect and challenge the ways in which we contribute to racist food systems.


Kate Cherven, GSA Co-Vice President

Kate has two passions: learning about cultures and understanding the relationship between people, food and the environment. She’s currently interested in the marketing and branding of food – ex. marketing cricket flour to the US. She loves a good nasi lemak, most matcha desserts, and all types of fried chicken.




Dana Ferrante, Events Coordinator

Dana is a part-time student in her third semester of the Gastronomy program and is excited to join the GSA as events coordinator. Though her background is in Italian food history and sustainability, Dana finds a new, interdisciplinary interest in food each semester. Dana enjoys writing and using food as a vehicle to understand and develop empathy for people, the environment, and larger systems.


Danielle Jacques, Outreach Coordinator

Danielle is beginning her second year in the program, where she studies race, representation, commodification, and power through food. She’s excited to join the GSA as Outreach Coordinator and looks forward to collaborating across disciplines and departments to extend the reach of the Gastronomy community. Outside of the program, she works as a cheesemonger and is never not planning her next cheese board. Follow her on Instagram @dandeliongreens_



Elizabeth Weiler, Food Justice Liaison

Elizabeth (she/hers)  is a Filipino-American Gastronomy student who hopes to acknowledge the more painful aspects of food in Food Studies.  While she’d be happy to discuss her creature comforts such as bubble tea and ube ice cream, her main goal is to challenge current white supremacist food systems that work to actively oppress marginalized groups. She envisions a future in which a community-oriented approach to Food Studies serves and uplifts BIPOC. As Food Justice Liaison, she aims to work collaboratively towards these goals.


Samantha Maxwell, Publications Coordinator

A first-semester student in the Gastronomy program, Samantha is excited about joining the GSA as Publications Coordinator. More than anything, she loves connecting with new people and their cultures over food. She’s passionate about writing that encourages others to expand their cultural and culinary horizons and fosters greater understanding between the different ways we eat and live our lives.




Marie-Louise Friedland, Communications Coordinator

Marie-Louise is in her second semester in the Gastronomy Program. She is a sommelier with an extensive background in the restaurant industry in cities such as Austin, San Francisco, Paris, and Houston. Her passion for wine service pushed her to study the customer/professional relationship in the beverage industry with an emphasis on breaking barriers to entry for women. She is a firm believer in open and honest communication and hopes to help bridge the distance gap between students that developed during Covid-19. She enjoys cuddling with her cat Billy, reading fiction, and of course, drinking wine on her days off.

Mariá José Córdova, Treasurer

A Dallas-grown Boston transplant, María José is joining the GSA as the Treasurer. Before the pandemic, María José was transitioning from working in agriculture to working in restaurants. Now, she finds herself as a part of the Gastronomy program and working with food in yet another way. As the Treasurer, María José hopes to coordinate the production of merchandise for the Gastronomy program’s community. Anyone interested in lending their artistic talent or ideas please drop a line at or @lentil_lady on Instagram.



Questions? Contact GSA President Kate Cherven,