HBCU Fellowship Pilot Program

In the 2018-2019 academic year, with leadership from INFAS coordinator Dr. Joanna Friesner, INFAS piloted a food system fellowship program for graduate students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Fellows received stipends and were matched with faculty mentors from the INFAS network.  The fellows were:

Kimberly Carr (MPH):   PhD Candidate in Integrative Biosciences at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama. Research project: Health Disparities, Food Insecurity and Environmental Injustice among United States Black Adults.

Monyai Chavers: Master of Arts candidate in Political Science at Howard University, Washington, D.C.  Research project: The Demand for Food and Land: Views from Liberia

Lindsey Lunsford (MEM): PhD candidate in Integrative Public Policy and Development at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. Research project: Telling the Story of the Alabama Black Belt’s Food Systems.

All three presented their work in a July 2019 webinar, Structural Racism in the Food System: Perspectives from Black Women Scholars.

INFAS hopes to raise funding to re-establish a related fellowship program, ideally with an HBCU partner organization. To share ideas and get involved with that, please contact Christine Porter.