Equity in Food Systems

equality doesn't mean equity apple trees

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MARCH 30-APRIL 19, 2020


The 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge is for people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds seeking to deepen their understanding of institutional racism, systems of power and privilege, and contemporary thought on working towards racial equity.

The Challenge is made up of small daily email prompts delivered each morning from March 30 through April 20 and is an opportunity to commit to daily learning and action on understanding and dismantling racism in our lives, work, and personal relationships. The Challenge includes food system learning materials but covers a broad range of topics beyond food as well. To supplement the learning materials offered by Food Solutions New England, we have gathered additional learning resources, including Wisconsin specific resources, which are available on the Learning About Equity: A Resource List page. The flexible program approach allows each participant to tailor their learning from their own starting point. As such, each participant will get out of the Challenge what they are able to put into it. You may want to consider taking the Challenge experience from the individual level to a group or community level. A group or community approach allows for collective sense-making and will help you discover new ways of thinking, deepen understanding and increase shared learning. We all have different experiences and gifts as well as biases and blind spots or learning gaps; a team approach can invite us to expand beyond our usual comfort zone.

During the Challenge you will receive a daily email prompt with a short reading, video or audio file. You are encouraged to take about ten to fifteen minutes each day to engage with the material.



Food system-focused racial equity tool available!

The Food System Racial Equity Assessment tool and facilitation guide is now available on the UW-Extension Learning Store. Lexa Dundore developed this guide through several years of adaptation, feedback, and pilot research in her roles as Community Food Systems Assistant at Dane County UW-Extension, co-lead of the Community Food Systems team’s Equity workgroup, and as a master’s student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. This critical question set and analysis process is designed to support organizations and other groups in prioritizing racial equity when developing plans, programs, or policies related to the food system. While food is certainly the frame for this tool, the questions and process can still be useful in a variety of programming areas.

Centering questions of racial inequities, systems of oppression and privilege, and organizational process and power in Extension work contributes to stronger programming and more just outcomes for all. When conducting pilot research with this tool, it helped partner organizations design an engagement process for offering a community center-based CSA program, and another organization consider how to best do recruitment of diverse audiences for their programming within the limitations of federal guidelines.

The Food System Racial Equity Assessment Tool: A Facilitation Guide is available on the UW-Extension Learning Store for free PDF download or to print on demand for $3.50 per copy. Please share this resource widely with colleagues and community partners.