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Final Innovative Spring Engaged Teaching Luncheon Discussion

The Institute for Public Engagement invites you to REGISTER for our final innovative Spring Fellows & Friends Luncheon 
Join engaged faculty from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in Reynolda Hall 301.
Inspired colleagues share their experience and insights followed by open discussion. 
Lunch is provided.

Engaging about Hunger – a Topic for Every Discipline


Monday April 1


“Food – food access, food quality, food production – is one of the defining issues of this generation.” Forsyth County ranks as one of the highest for childhood hunger in the nation and the causes and consequences are complex – hunger needs to be addressed through the lens of every discipline. Speakers will share about opportunities for engaging students to think critically about hunger and initiate action to bring about change.

Dr. Mark Jensen, Associate Professor, School of Divinity, and his colleagues, noting the rise of food-related challenges such as hunger, obesity, food access, and ecological damage from agriculture, established the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative to equip leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead their congregations and communities around food issues. Together with Dr. Sara Quandt he teaches “Faith, Food Justice and Local Communities.”

Dr. Sara Quandt, Professor of Public Health Sciences, was named “Outstanding Researcher” by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). She conducted a study of community gardens and farmers markets to assess their role in Forsyth County and made recommendations to enhance their success in improving the local food environment.  She involves many Wake Forest undergraduate and graduate students in her work.
Shelley Sizemore, Assistant Director of Campus Life/Service, oversees campus-wide community initiatives including Campus Kitchen, a food recycling program that uses cooked but never served food from the campus dining hall to make healthy and nutritious meals for the needy of our community.  She is a recognized food justice advocate and has presented on ” Building Community Relationships to Reduce Waste and Combat Hunger.”
Lunch will be provided!

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