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Wednesday, November 10 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Working toward food justice in Flint, Michigan: Pandemic, Partnerships, and Points of Intervention

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The Flint Leverage Points Project is a collaboration between researchers at Michigan State University and community partners at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF) to find ways to change the food system in Flint so that it is more equitable, healthy, and sustainable. We examine food system components involved in producing, distributing, preparing, eating and recycling food in Flint to find patterns that are keeping it in an undesirable state. Three years into this project, this panel presents an overview of three key project lessons: reflections on our collaborative process and partnership creation, strengths and weaknesses of the food system revealed during COVID-19, and evaluations of leverage points based on system structure. The first presentation outlines the collaborative process utilized in this project using the “four Ps” framework: purpose, processes, partnerships, and products. The second presentation draws on a photo research project among Flint residents to understand the impact of COVID-19 on food access and decision-making. The third presentation analyses a series of fuzzy cognitive maps completed with experts to understand key system dynamics and elicit potential leverage points. The panel as a whole exemplifies an iterative research process created with community partners to leverage food system change.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Laura Schmitt Olabisi

Dr. Laura Schmitt Olabisi

Associate Professor, Michigan State University
Dr. Laura Schmitt Olabisi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability and the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Michigan State University. She is an ecologist and a participatory systems modeler, working directly with stakeholders to build models... Read More →
avatar for Chelsea Wentworth

Chelsea Wentworth

Research Assistant Professor,, Michigan State University
avatar for Mahdi Zareei

Mahdi Zareei

PhD Student, Michigan State University
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Steven Gray

Associate Professor, Michigan State University
Steven Gray is an associate professor in the Department of Community Sustainability. His research focuses on socio-environmental modeling and understanding how individuals and groups make decisions about complex social-ecological systems. He is currently the lead editor on the book, Environmental... Read More →
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Carissa Knox

PhD Candidate, University of Michigan
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Livy Drexler

PhD Candidate, Michigan State University
Livy is a PhD student in Michigan State’s anthropology program with a focus in medical anthropology. Her research focuses on cultural competency in special education programs that serve Native American students, cultural constructions of disability, and community based participatory... Read More →
avatar for Renee V. Wallace

Renee V. Wallace

Doers Edge


Wednesday November 10, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST