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

February 15, 2021 - Alex Racelis, Mekko Tyner, Lindsey Lunsford, <$authorEmail>, and <Renee@DoersEdge.com>

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 uses a racial equity lens to provide an overview of the history and policy that developed these institutions and using that same lens, reimagines 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 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

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This webinar was sponsored by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems in association with the Racial Equity in the Food System Workgroup. It aired on February 11, 2021. 

Funding for the Racial Equity in the System Workgroup is provided in part by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


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