Virtual Salon
How Food Can Nourish Equity

Thurs, July 30th
11:00am PT

The "vote with your fork" movement asks us to fix the food system through individual choice, but the current system is designed to limit those choices. We need a new approach if we hope to solve hunger, malnutrition, and economic and environmental damage. Join us to explore why the current food structure is broken, and how we can use business, technology, policy, and activism to change how food is produced and distributed.



Dr. Kara Young
Author, Researcher & Educator on Food Systems & Racial Inequality

Dr. Eric Holt-Gimenez
Executive Director, Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy

Dr. Christyna Serrano
Director of Expert Engagement, Singularity University

Dr. Kara Young has spent the last decade writing, organizing, teaching, and speaking on food disparities, racial justice, and qualitative research methods. From 2017-2020 she worked as an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University in a joint faculty position between the Department of Sociology and the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformations Discovery Theme, where she taught courses on food systems and social stratification, and served as the urban food disparities expert on a number of cross-disciplinary projects. She sits on the steering committee of the Ohio Food Policy Network, the board of directors of Local Matters, and the advisory circle of Kindred: A Creative Accelerator for Artists of Color. She has organized extensively with the Berkeley Food Institute on their racial equity initiatives and is the founder and chair of the Coalition for Food and Agricultural Sociology. Kara holds master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brown University.

Dr. Eric Holt-Giménez is an agroecologist and political economist. From 1975 to 2002 he worked in Mexico, Central America and South Africa in sustainable agricultural development, where he helped to start the Campesino a Campesino (Farmer to Farmer) Movement. He has an M.Sc. in international agricultural development and a Ph.D. in environmental studies. He gives yearly courses on food systems transformation and social movements in Italy in the Masters program of the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo and in the doctoral program at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia. From 2004-2006, he was the Latin America program co-ordinator for the Bank Information Center in Washington, D.C. In June 2006, he was hired as the executive director of Food First. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Herald Tribune, Le Monde Diplomatique, La Jornada and the Huffington Post.

Dr. Christyna Serrano received her Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. She has also worked at Berkeley to both design and teach on-ground and online courses for six years, on which she has published and presented her research. Before coming to SingularityU, Christyna worked in higher education assisting faculty and Subject Matter Experts with the design and development of courses for Digital Learning Initiatives, the implementation of faculty professional development workshops, institutional accreditation, policy development and analysis, assessment, institutional research and data analysis, and learning design.Dr. Kara Young is an expert in food systems and racial inequality. She has a decade of experience writing, organizing, teaching, and public speaking on food disparities, racial justice, and qualitative research methods.



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