Each year, hundreds of students, representing UFWH activities at campuses around the world, gather to share best practices and inspiration. The UFWH Summit has been hosted by various campuses around the world – including George Washington University in Washington DC, Guelph University in Ontario, Canada and National University of Agriculture (UNA) in Honduras. This year, the UFWH Summit will be hosted in person at Cornell University.

Mark your calendars to attend April 14 and 15, 2023. Registration closes for the Summit on April 1.

The UFWH Summit has four recommended hotels in Ithaca, NY. These are suggestions for lodging only, no blocks reserved.

The Cayuga Blu Hotel
Fairfield Inn and Suites
Courtyard Marriott
Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons

View the 2023 UFWH Summit agenda for additional information. Details subject to change. Click here to view travel details.

Ben Collier, the Co-founder and CEO of The Farmlink Project, will be one of the keynote speakers for this year’s UFWH Summit!

The Farmlink Project is a student-founded organization addressing the intersection of food insecurity, food waste, and the environment. Each year, 20-30 billion pounds of fresh produce go to waste in the United States alone; Farmlink is building creative solutions to address food waste. Since April 2020, the team has delivered more than 100 million pounds of farm-fresh surplus fruits and vegetables to more than 400 communities around the country, preventing millions of pounds of carbon emissions as a result.

Ben represents Farmlink as a member of the New Profit Health Equity Cohort. The Farmlink team has received the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Service Award for their work, and Ben recently accepted the Samuel S. Beard Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Individual 35 & Under.

Learn more about Ben and The Farmlink Project here.

Avani Rai will be our second keynote speaker for the 2023 UFWH Summit!

Avani’s passion for public speaking and leadership began at the age of 8 when she volunteered in her community’s annual Diwali food drive for local charities. As she went door-to-door to collect donations, and then delivered them to various community-based organizations, she realized the impact her voice and actions could have on the lives of those around her. Since then, she hasn’t looked back.

Most significantly through her activities with 4-H, first as a McLean County Teen Teacher for at-risk students in her local community and later as an Illinois Healthy Living Delegate and Illinois Food Advocacy Team State Officer, Avani’s interest and impact in food justice and raising awareness about healthy living blossomed.

Recently, Avani was recognized for her service in addressing food insecurity at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health as a featured speaker in conversation with Second Gentleman Douglass Emhoff and Ambassador Susan Rice during the Conference’s Closing Plenary Session.

Avani has been recognized for her service, leadership, and academic success. Learn more here. 


UFWH welcomes students to submit presentation proposals to present their research study or program at the 2023 UFWH Summit. Proposals must be submitted by February 3, 2023, for consideration. Proposal topics may include hunger, nutrition, health, homelessness, poverty, economic development, social justice, health equity, natural resources, agriculture, food production/processing/distribution, food waste, climate solutions, sustainability, etc. Student leaders will review submissions, and authors of accepted proposals will be notified. Click here to submit proposals.

Email with any questions as presentations are developed.