Last week we kicked off our 2023 Zero Hunger Summer Seminars with an “Introduction to Domestic Hunger Policy.” Our expert panelists led a robust discussion about current challenges, solutions and how to advocate for stronger supports for individuals across the U.S.
On June 14 at 11 a.m. EDT we will host our second seminar, “The Racial Wealth Gap Simulation.” The simulation is an interactive tool that demonstrates the connections between hunger, poverty, and wealth. It is an introduction for people unaware of structural inequality, a support tool for those who want a deeper understanding of structural inequality, and a source of information for experts who want to know the quantifiable economic impact of each policy that has widened today’s racial, hunger, income, and wealth divides.
- Learn how federal policies created and perpetuate structural inequalities
- Learn how these policies increase hunger and poverty in communities of color
- Increase their understand why racial equity is important to ending hunger and poverty in the United States
Our speaker for the webinar is Aliyah Fard, Emerson Hunger Fellow, who is currently working with Alliance to End Hunger. Aliyah is working with the Hunger Free Community coalition partners throughout the country to implement racial equity in their work and conducting general informational sessions on how to apply a racial equity lens in different contexts.
Aliyah completed her field placement with the Chicago Food Policy Action Council, where she worked on Metro Chicago’s Good Food Purchasing Initiative helping to update a visual networking map of food serving institutions and their food related contracts. The map shares companies that currently supply or operate public food environments in an interactive, user friendly and transparent way.
Aliyah holds a B.A. in environmental politics from Whitman College. As an undergraduate, Aliyah explored the structural forms behind environmental issues and the ways in which People of Color interact with land and food. Her interest in food justice and equity was ignited by working with organizations that collaborate with farms in the Denver area, where she grew up, to distributed food in low-income neighborhoods. As the climate crisis becomes more of a threat, Aliyah is interested in the overlap between environmental issues and racial injustices. She joined the Emerson Fellowship Program to explore the politics of food.