Building a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Food Systems Network
Topic: Webinar: Building a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Food Systems Network
Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Cory Whiteley -- Graduate student intern at U of Saskatchewan's Master of Sustainable Environmental Management (MSEM) program. His project is to help NAFSN realize our commitment to building a professional network that reflects our desires for a fair, socially just and racially inclusive and equitable food system, through stories of similar initiatives.
Kyjana Barnett -- Undergraduate student intern and Animal Science major at Cornell University, Her project is an investigation of diversity and inclusion statements and resources to help NAFSN craft its own statement.
Shorlette Ammons -- Community-Based Food Systems Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS). CEFS is a partnership of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and North Carolina State University. She coordinates activities of the Committee on Racial Equity in the Food System (CORE) at CEFS. Shorlette and CEFS are founding members of NAFSN.
This webinar is devoted to helping build a diverse, inclusive, equitable food system network and a discussion of the process of crafting a diversity/equity/inclusion statement of our values. This is an opportunity for an inward looking discussion to improve NAFSN's practices. The webinar will begin by Cory Whiteley's study highlighting the efforts of other food systems networks, such as the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), Food Systems New England (FSNE), and the Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability (INFAS). The purpose of his project was to explore various organizational visions, structures, processes, culture and leadership strategies employed by networks seeking to advance informed social equity agendas within food system organizations, identify strategies that have worked, and what strategies may be transferrable to the NAFSN. He will be followed by Shorlette Ammons' presentation of examples of the approach used by the Committee of Racial Equity (CORE) of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in North Carolina. Finally, Kyjana Barnett will open the discussion of now NAFSN can craft its statement on diversity, equity and inclusion in the food system.
Cory Whiteley is a Master of Sustainable Environmental Management candidate in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. Cory has been collaborating with the NAFSN Policy and Governance Team as part of his project-based master’s degree since November 2016. Cory’s research investigates how food systems networks engage with social equity in dialogue and practice. Cory comes to study food systems with over a decade working in Alaskan commercial fisheries as a deckhand, skipper, and State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game fisheries technician.
Kyjana Barnett is a class of 2018 Senior at Cornell University. She is an Animal Science major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She is very interested in environmental, human, and animal rights as they all have huge overlap. Ky is the president of Cornell Students for Animal Rights, the Immigrant Farmworker Initiative and an officer of Project Greenhouse. She is super excited to be working with the Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and hopes to add her knowledge and talents to the team!
Shorlette Ammons is the Community-Based Food Systems Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS). CEFS is a partnership of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and North Carolina State University. Shorlette, a former librarian, has a Master’s Degree in Library Science from North Carolina Central University. She has developed her growing experience by working closely with the Goldsboro community over more than 5 years through the Wayne Food Initiative and various community-based food systems projects, including community gardens and a recently-established urban farm. Shorlette produced a report on gender, race, and the food system entitled Shining a Light in Dark Places: Raising Up the Work of Southern Women of Color in the Food System. The work was completed as part of a year-long Food Equity Fellowship at the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI). The report details policy solutions and strategic opportunities to address failures in the food system by weaving her personal story, U.S. history, and the wisdom and insight from women of color food workers and activists.
|Event Date||7/26/2017 3:00 pm ET|