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Spelman College features WANDA at its 2023 Food Justice Summit

Updated: Mar 25, 2023

ATLANTA, GA - Spelman College features Tambra Raye Stevenson, MPH, MA, WANDA Founder/CEO, at this year's Food Justice Summit as part of its annual signature program highlighting Black women food scholars and innovators. The online event is scheduled for Thursday, March 30, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm EST. Opening the Summit, Spelman College's President, Dr. Helene Gayle, will provide remarks.

"It's timely and relevant to amplify the voices of Black women in the food as medicine movement as federal and state food policymaking is underway that must have not only an equitable lens but an intersectional one," says Stevenson.

Moderated by Atlanta's NPR Host, Rose Scott, this year’s theme will center on Food as Medicine with leading Black women in nutrition and health. Additional speakers include Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, co-founder/Executive Director of Diversify Dietetics, and Rosalind Gregory-Bass, Assistant Professor/Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at Spelman.

"Food as medicine is not a new topic, but conversations around this theme rarely centers Black women who are leading the work within this space," says Whitney Barr, Spelman College's Program and Garden Manager. "This is a critical moment to honor our ancestral connections to food as medicine and to unapologetically discuss diasporic Black food futures, public health, and career pathways."

Through Diversify Dietetics, Melton provides programming to support underrepresented dietetics students and young professionals of color as they navigate the dietetics educational pathway. She spent several years at Georgia State University, working as an advisor and admission counselor, professor, and program director. She was the inaugural program director of Lewis College’s Health Informatics undergraduate and graduate programs.

Dr. Gregory-Bass' research focuses on women's health disparities to better understand the molecular mechanisms regulating ovarian cancer growth and development. She also focuses on building pipeline programs that foster biomedical graduate and professional educational opportunities for women of color.

The event is free and open to the public. Register here.

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