Resource Fair, Keynote & Panel Discussion
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Resource Fair | MUB, Strafford Room
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion | MUB, Granite State Room
The Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise and the Sustainability Institute are proud to partner with Post Landfill Action Network to bring to the UNH campus a full-day food justice themed fair, keynote and panel, Points of Intervention: Challenging the Food System.
The Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN, founded by UNH alum, Alex Freid, in 2013) is a national non-profit with a mission to cultivate, educate, and inspire a generation of change-makers. They inform students about the waste crisis and equip them with the necessary skills and resources to implement solutions to waste in their campus communities. UNH is proud to be a tour stop on PLAN’s 2018 Points of Intervention Tour. Points of Intervention is an approach that is being used to help tackle some of humanity’s toughest challenges. By zooming out to the macro level, beyond any one organization to look at the entire system, it is more possible to see how the system both creates the problems, but also makes it possible to identify the points in the system where intervention can create positive change.
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Resource Fair | MUB, Strafford Room
This exciting event will include companies and community organizations in the food industry, spanning agriculture and production, processing and distribution, food waste and disposal. It will also include organizations whose mission is to work on worker rights, as well as those who tackle food insecurity and create access to healthy, affordable food for all. All of these organizations will highlight the positive steps they are taking to impact change and create a more sustainable food system. University offices and departments will also be invited to share their resources through active and engaging activities, bringing an awareness of food system issues and a call for food justice here and everywhere.
The day-long fair will include highly engaging, diverse activities that will help students make meaningful connections between their lives and how they can, on a smaller scale as individuals, intervene in the larger food system to help create positive and sustainable changes.
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Keynote & Panel Discussion | MUB, Granite State Room
The day will conclude in the evening with a panel discussion featuring local/regional thought leaders in the area of Food Systems, Sustainability, and Food Justice to bring greater awareness to today’s issues in this system and to talk about specific points of intervention on the local level to help open the doors to change.
Keynote Speaker and Panelist
Assistant US Activism Manager, Ben & Jerry’s
Jabari Paul serves on the Social Mission team in the role of Assistant US Activism Manager at Ben & Jerry’s. He has over 10 years of professional and volunteer experience working in advocacy, campaigns, and the nonprofit sector. He is also a graduate of Florida A&M University and Northwestern University.
Paul recently worked as a program director at 50+1 Strategies, a political consulting firm, where he led a coalition-building effort to identify and support solutions that help Black, Hispanic, low-income and other underrepresented students succeed in school and beyond. Prior to this role, Paul was the political director for Faith in Florida, an affiliate of PICO National Network. As political director, Paul led campaigns to urge Florida lawmakers to expand Medicaid; include healthy food financial in the state budget; and pass legislation to end predatory, payday lending practices.
Paul has a long track record of providing volunteer leadership to support social justice work. He has held several leadership positions in the NAACP, including serving as a member of its national board of directors for four years. Paul also serves on boards and committees of other organizations, including Common Cause Florida and the African-American Ministers Leadership Council, a program of People for the American Way Foundation.
While not at work, Paul loves international travel and has visited four of the seven continents. Paul also loves food and until last year, before he became vegan, his favorite ice cream was Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Now, it's Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy P.B. & Cookies.
Meet Our Panelists:
Executive Director, Baraka Community Wellness
Raheem Baraka is the founder and Executive Director of Baraka Community Wellness (BCW), a nonprofit community-based organization with a mission to close the gap on health disparities and reduce healthcare costs as they relate to preventable chronic diseases within vulnerable and at-risk populations. A seasoned wellness professional with an extensive background within healthcare, exercise science, behavioral coaching and health advocacy.
Prior to founding BCW, Raheem served as the Director of Fitness for the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Community Health Centers and was primarily responsible for developing and implementing health promotion and intervention programs for the hospital as well as direct to community engagements. These programs ranged from employee wellness initiatives to community wide holistic behavioral programming and throughout his tenure he trained clinicians and providers on exercise adherence, behavioral modification, health coaching and the technics on how to effectively deliver and implement these non-clinical prevention approaches to patients specific to their individual need through tailored wellness models.
Raheem is actively involved in population health efforts and serves as the chairperson of The American Heart Association’s New England Healthy Equity Consortium, is a delegate for Food Solutions New England, a Healthy Boston Ambassador for a joint project with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) and the Boston Alliance for Community Health(BACH) and has an appointment on board of directors of the global NGO Health Care Without Harm. Additionally, Raheem has also been recognized for his work and dedication to community health and prevention initiatives by being an awardee of a 2010 and 2015 Partners in Excellence Award (Partners Healthcare), A Citation of Recognition from the Massachusetts House of Representatives Liz Malia and a 2016 Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH) Community Leadership Award.
Executive Director, Wolfe’s Neck Farm
David Herring has been in management and leadership roles for non-profit organizations for nearly 20 years. He became Executive Director of Wolfe’s Neck Farm in 2012 and, since then, the Freeport-based nonprofit has gone through a major transformation that includes an ambitious new long-range vision, the launch of a major new initiative to support the future of Organic Dairy in Maine and New England and a transition to the Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment.
Prior to joining WNC, Herring served as the first Executive Director for Maine Huts & Trails. From 2006-2012, he helped the organization complete the launch of its first phase which included building three huts, more than 50 miles of trails and raising more than $10,000,000.
Dave grew up in Michigan and attended Michigan State University. He moved to New England in 1999 and hasn’t left since. He and his family live in the woods in Falmouth, Maine.
Principal, KAS Consulting
Karen Spiller is Principal of KAS Consulting and provides mission-based consulting with a focus on resource matching, board development and strategic planning for health and equity-focused initiatives. She has extensive experience in working with youth, young adults and community members in a variety of educational and training programs. Karen serves on national and regional committees and leads teams committed to creating equitable public health and sustainable food systems with a number of organizations and initiatives including Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). As national SOPHE Chair of Chapter Development, she managed the coordination and collaboration of SOPHE’s 21 chapters across the United States for more than three years.
Currently, Karen is the Boston Chapter Program Director of Albert Schweitzer Fellowship where she directs the competitive selection of 15 master and doctoral candidates in the health-related professions. She supervises and mentors them in the development and implementation of a one-year direct-service community project addressing health disparities. Involved in state-wide and regional food system work, Karen is an engaged core team member of the Food Solutions New England network. She serves as Massachusetts Ambassador for its New England Food Vision linking the racial equity work of students; residents; organizations and; communities of color to the evolving food system work happening across the New England states. Karen serves local, state and regional organizations in various roles that include the Boston Food Forest Coalition, Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group as an Advisory Board member.
The Keynote & Panel discussion is an i2 Passport event.
This event is co-sponsored by: Carsey School of Public Policy, Cooperative Extension, Dual Major in EcoGastronomy, Health & Wellness, NHAES/COLSA, Office of Community, Equity & Diversity, Office of Multicultural Affairs.