Colleen Burke teaches in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University. Her interests include sustainable food systems, global nutrition, public health and wellness, and foodways. Colleen’s passion for this discipline stems from curiosity about the physiological and psychological interplay associated with health behaviors, and the relationship among food, culture, and society. It is a dynamic field where everyone has a voice, opinion, and story to share. The influence among social, environmental, historical, political, and economic variables on food, nutrition, and health is complex. The Semester at Sea voyage will provide a unique platform to explore these interacting factors through global and local food systems.
Travel with family at an early age motivated Colleen to study abroad in Brazil during high school. She continued the pursuit of experiential learning through a semester leadership program with Outward Bound, and study in Canada and New Zealand. Colleen and her family had the opportunity to live in Scotland, and have travelled extensively in Europe, South America, Australia/Oceania, and Asia – and hosted students from Turkey, Sweden, and Taiwan. Colleen, her partner, and their amazing and inspiring two adult children, continue to prioritize travel, experiential learning, and global education.
Colleen is dedicated to inspiring personal growth and the development of intellectual potential through active engagement, inquiry, creativity, and service learning. Food systems, nutrition, and health are significant elements of every culture and provide meaningful experiential learning opportunities. One of Colleen’s favorite aspects of travel is to experience and examine unique food traditions and systems by connecting with local community members. She looks forward to novel educational and service-learning opportunities related to food systems and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on the Fall 2022 voyage.
In addition to travel and gastronomic adventures, Colleen enjoys playing outdoors – biking, hiking, skiing, and rafting. She appreciates yoga, however finds it challenging to remain focused during poses – and awake during savasana. In addition, Colleen enjoys indulging in activities with minimal energy expenditure – such as listening to live music, reading, experimenting in the kitchen, and watching Champions League and World Cup soccer/football.
This will be Colleen’s third voyage on the MV World Odyssey. She looks forward to sharing the inspirational and educational journey with her partner, Jeff, and the Semester at Sea community!