Titan Equity Nourish Network (TENN)


Titan Equity Nourish Network (TENN) at University of Detroit Mercy fosters student and community collaboration for a more food sovereign Detroit. TENN provides students with real opportunities to apply things they learn in the classroom as they design and lead programs that promote equity and sustainability in the food system. As part of the Institute for Leadership and Service, TENN student leaders coordinate multiple service opportunities each week that reduce the immediate effects and systemic causes of hunger and food waste.

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Join us in celebrating Food Fest 2021

April 5, 2021 - April 16, 2021

Students at Food Fest 2018

Food Fest is a celebration of food culture among the University of Detroit Mercy community. In lieu of an in-person potluck, TENN is hosting a digital Food Fest 2021. We are sharing recipes and stories of food heritage on our Food Fest blog, hosting cooking classes and artisan workshops with community partners on zoom, and launching a raffle to win prizes from local businesses. 

WesternMarketLogoFood Fest is sponsored by Western Market in Ferndale. During the month of April, you can visit Western Market and support TENN by rounding up your purchase. Western Market is an independent grocer committed to serving and educating our community by providing an enthusiastically curated set of foods and goods.

Enter our Raffle

For a donation of at least $5 to TENN during Food Fest, you will be entered to win a raffle basket with local goods including:

  • Coffee from Drifter Coffee in Ferndale 
  • Jamaican jerk marinade & Cajun seasoning from Chefs Choice Catering LLC 
  • Bath and beauty products from Akoma

Attend our Zoom Classes & Workshops

Classes are open to all for a suggested donation of $10-$20 or your volunteer time to TENN. 

4/12 - 4 - 5 pm : #MakeFoodNotWaste Cooking Class with Alexis Chingman-Tijerina

Join chef and instructor with the Detroit Food Academy and Make Food Not Waste as she shares tips and tricks for leftovers and an easy go to dinner recipe. 

4/12 - 6:30-7:30 pm: Shrimp Ceviche Sandwich Cooking Class with Carlos Parisi 

Join co-owner of Aunt Nee’s Chips, Salsa & Guacamole, partner in Khana Pakistani Food Pop-Up, and Host of the Sandwich Talk podcast in a ceviche sandwich cooking class.

4/13 - 6-7 pm: Sugar Scrub Workshop with Mandisa Smith

Join  founder and former co-owner of Detroit Fiber Works and artist with Akoma in making a skin-nourishing homemade sugar scrub.

4/15 - 6-8:30 pm: Vegan Cheat Day Cooking Class with Grace Gamble

Join TENN Program Manager & former culinary educator as we make vegan risotto, focaccia and a hot fudge sundae.

4/16 - 6-8 pm: Pasty Cooking Class with Kim Ball 

Join culinary instructor, chef and baker Kim Ball of Monkey.Wolf.Rooster in making seasonal pasties.

Sign up for Zoom events


On Jan. 28, 2021, Campus Kitchen celebrated its 10th anniversary and chose a new name that fits our work and mission: Titan Equity Nourish Network (TENN).  

Titan: We are proud to be Titans. Community collaboration ignites our students and nourishes growth through meaningful service opportunities and educational engagement. 

Equity: We strive for a food system that is grounded in equity because equality does not equate to justice. Through mutually beneficial relationships with our community, we seek to examine and remediate the root causes of food and environmental inequity.

Nourish: We nourish bodies, relationships, minds and the earth. While nourishment can be acquired through food, we also nourish through community engagement, education, and sustainable practices. 

Network:  We are privileged to be a part of a greater network. In collaboration with Detroit Mercy staff, faculty, and students, community partners and campus neighbors, we work together for a more food sovereign Detroit.

2020 Numbers & Reflections

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Mission of TENN

The mission of TENN is to develop student leaders through thoughtful engagement with community-led initiatives that promote a more equitable and sustainable food system.

Three core beliefs drive our work: 

  • We need a more just and sustainable food system. Forty percent of the food that's produced in the United States each year ends up in the waste stream. In the city of Detroit, 48% of households lack consistent access to healthy, culturally appropriate, and affordable food. 
  • We believe that hunger and food waste are immediate and systemic problems that college students can help to solve. We work to alleviate the effects of these problems while educating ourselves about their root causes. 
  • We believe that it's a privilege to support positive change in Detroit's food system. Our city is internationally known for the inspiring leaders working to end injustices in the food system, many of whom are our neighbors. We're excited to learn from and support them.

Interested in getting involved with TENN?

Want to be a leader who helps plan our great programming on and off campus? We are looking for students to join our Leadership Team and participate in any of our four committees: Urban Agriculture, Food Recovery Network, Healthy Neighborhoods, and Sustainability. Want to participate in volunteer opportunities? We are also always looking for volunteers for our many service opportunities, including Friday food deliveries and urban agriculture work days. Interested in participating and hearing more about our events and opportunities? Fill out our interest survey here or reach out to us by email at tenn@udmercy.eduCheck out our TENN calendar here to view and sign up for upcoming programs, events, and fundraisers


Thanks to the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Sisters of St. Joseph Congregation, and our individual and organizational donors for their support. Our programs would not be possible without food donations from Metz Dining Services, Gleaners Community Food BankAvalon Bakery and Western Market. We are grateful to our the many organizations who collaborate with us on service and educational programs including the Princeton Street Block Club, Lakeridge Village, Xavier University's Immersive Learning, and a number of urban farms and gardens.

Service opportunities

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Join us for a volunteer shift for service-learning, ELP credit, or fun. Check out our linktr.ee below for access to current sign-ups and our public calendar or email us at tenn@udmercy.edu to be added to our listserv and receive updates about events and opportunities. 

Check out our linktr.ee to sign up for service, view our calendar and more

Become a TENN Leader

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If you're a Detroit Mercy student who feels passionate about food access, fundraising, event planning, health, or community development, consider becoming a part of one of our leadership committees.

Fill out our interest survey to join our team

Connect with TENN

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Check out our TENN Facebook page and TENN Instagram for updates.

And make sure to read our 2019 Annual Report