2018-2019 Weekly Convocations

The weekly convocation series is a shared campus experience that brings students, faculty, and staff together for one hour for a lecture or presentation from specialists in a variety of fields.  The goal of the convocation series is to stimulate thought and conversation on a wide range of subjects. Convocations are open to the public and free of charge.

May 17

Convocation: LaDonna Redmond

Food activist LaDonna Redmond offers community-based solutions to confront underlying themes of social justice within the food movement.

Friday, May 17th, 2019
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel
LaDonna Redmond Convocation

LaDonna Redmond is a food justice activist who was inspired to fight for a fairer food system after facing limited access to healthy, organic food in her Chicago community. She wanted healthy food, food free from GMOs, and food free from pesticides to help combat a number of food allergies her young son had developed. But that food wasn’t available, so she turned to food advocacy to help create community access to fresh, healthy food – converting vacant city lots into urban farms, creating retail food enterprises to sell fresh fruit and vegetables in the community, and getting junk food out of Chicago Public Schools and replacing it with salad bars. She co-founded the Chicago Food Systems Collaborative, a university and community partnership that explored the issues of food access and public health in low-income communities. Redmond also raises awareness of how food injustice affects the health of a community by contributing to a wide variety of threats, from gang violence to non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Redmond founded and directs Campaign for Food Justice Now, which draws attention to the relationship between the food movement and broader social issues including race, gender, and class – addressing these concerns through developing community-based solutions, promoting social change, and teaching advocacy. The title of her presentation is “I don’t live in a food desert and neither do you.”

Sponsored by Carleton Convocations. Contact: Kerry Raadt, x4308