Spotlight on CFS: the Food System Equity and Empowerment Lens

Join the UW-Extension Community Food Systems Community of Practice Spotlight Series on Tuesday July 28 to learn about an exciting new Food Justice Tool: the Food System Equity and Empowerment Lens and how you put it to use in your county.

Title: Spotlight on Food Justice Tool: the Food System Equity and Empowerment Lens

Presenters: Lexa Dundore, Dane County UW-Extension Americorps VISTA Community Food Systems Educator

When: Tuesday July 28 – 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Where: Blackboard Collaborate:

Description: Lexa will share an updated Food Systems Equity and Empowerment Lens she adapted for the 2014 Dane County Food Summit, a tool that can help decision-makers consider questions such as “How are people uniquely situated in terms of the barriers they experience?”  and “What policies, processes, or relationships contribute to the exclusion of individuals and communities most affected by inequities?” Lexa will introduce a discussion around the applications, benefits, and limitations of incorporating this kind of tool into our work at Extension.

The Food Systems Equity and Empowerment Lens is a tool that you can use in your own planning processes, as well as a resource to engage both colleagues and community members in planning and decision-making processes. It includes a facilitation guide, developed by Lexa, that will help you lead discussions around food systems. The tool’s facilitation guide will highlight food justice and food equity issues that are often overlooked and helps identify unseen benefits and burdens of food systems.

This Spotlight Series Discussion will help you learn how to use this tool so that you will be able to facilitate discussions in your own community and in decision-making processes when developing programming or policies. This is a tool for “doing with” instead of “doing for” and can help you in your professional environment make planning and decision-making processes more engaging and respectful.

To read more about how the Food System Equity and Empowerment Lens was applied at the 2014 Dane County Food Summit, and to view the original version of the adapted lens, please see the 2014 Food Summit Summary.

No pre-registration required – but please join 5-10 minutes prior to give yourself time to get connected. Before trying to connect, please confirm that your system’s browser is compatible with Blackboard Collaborate: Test your system’s browser compatibility.

View past and future 2015 Spotlight Series presentations: 2015 Spotlight Series