Student Culinary Council (SCC)

New ComponentThe Student Culinary Council (SCC) is a student-driven program developed by Sodexo that creates an engaged, responsive relationship between students and dining staff to help build a more fulfilling student dining experience.

At the Student Culinary Council, Sodexo gets to hear input from any Westmont student who has feedback about our work in the Dining Commons. The Sodexo leadership team presents and discusses upcoming events, Dining Commons updates, and more.

How the Committee Functions:

Focused meeting topics and exclusive student activities give members an active role in defining and refining the dining program at Westmont College. They do this through four key aspects at the core of this initiative:

> Talk - Students learn about what is great about their dining program.

> Taste - Members try new and exciting dishes that showcase the focus on trending flavors.

> Learn - Members learn about food, trends, nutrition, and more.

> Share - Students can then share what they learned with others.

Why A Dining Committee?

Current dining committee and other campus programs are developed with good intention, but to often devolve into simply reacting to issues rather than serving as an incubator for responsive engagement. The SCC provides students with a positive environment where they can learn and share while helping define the student experience. 

When Do We Meet?

Meetings are held once each month during the semester, typically lasting an hour. It's a great way to get connected and be involved in your dining program.

How Do I Join the Council?

To get involved or learn more, contact Kenny Chism, Marketing & Sustainability Coordinator, at, submit a comment through the feedback section or attend a meeting - no RSVP necessary.


Meeting Schedule - Fall 2017:

September 6 @ 12:45 in The Alumni Gallery

October 4 @ 12:45 in The Alumni Gallery

November 1 @ 12:45 in The Alumni Gallery

December 6 @ 12:45 in The Alumni Gallery

Meeting Minutes & Notes:

(Coming Fall 2018)



Because of the SCC, we have done some amazing things.  We heard, and here is what we have done as a result:
  • The Westmont Dining Commons has created greater variety of cereals, incorporating both Kelloggs and General Mills brand cereals. 
  • Ritchie's Place staff has begun collecting used coffee grounds from brewing to be composted and used in fertilizer in your own Westmont Garden!
  • The Westmont Dining Commons hosted a vegan night that showcases cooking styles and dishes that are free from animal products.
  • We have begun planning and incorporating dining concepts this summer that create a more inclusive dining commons, with offers geared toward students who have food allergies, dietary restrictions, or are looking for alternative health centered meals.