Webinar: Building Relationships Across Higher Education Institutions to Address Racism in the Food System

February 11, 2021 3:00PM - 4:30PM EST


Contact: Rich Pirog


The land grant system includes the 1862 (white-led), 1890 (historically Black) and 1994 (Tribal/Indigenous) colleges and universities. These land grants, as well as Hispanic Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities and other public/private higher education institutions all contribute to the advancement of a more sustainable and equitable food system.

This webinar will use a racial equity lens to provide an overview of the history and policy that developed these institutions and using that same lens, reimagine an asset-based pluralistic model of collaborative research and outreach across these institutions to advance food system sustainability and resiliency. 

Panelists from the land grant system and a Hispanic Serving Ag Institution will provide brief remarks followed by a facilitated discussion across panelists and with the webinar audience about how to create a more sustainable and equitable food system future.


  • Alex Racelis – University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley
  • Mekko Tyner – College of Muscogee Nation
  • Lindsey Lunsford – Tuskegee University
  • Rich Pirog – MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
  • Renee Wallace – Doers Consulting

Registration is required to attend this webinar. There is no registration fee.

This webinar is sponsored by the Racial Equity in the Food System Workgroup and the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems.


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