LocationBost North Auditorium
Dr. Samina Raja is an Associate Professor and the founder and Principal Investigator of the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Dr. Raja’s research focuses on the use of planning and policy to promote health and food equity. With her research team, she has published over 60 journal articles, policy briefs, and plans focused on planning and policy to create equitable food systems. She is the lead author of A Planners Guide to Community and Regional Food Planning (2008), published by the American Planning Association, one of the earliest guidance documents on linking planning and food systems. Currently, she directs Growing Food Connections, a national-scale project on the use of local government planning to connect small-scale farmers with low-income consumers in the United States. In the Global South, Dr. Raja focuses on the region of South Asia, especially Jammu and Kashmir. Dr. Raja is the recipient of the 2014 Dale Scholar Prize for excellence in planning scholarship and the 2016 Excellence in University-Community Engagement Award. Dr. Raja is fueled by the love of her family, friends, and colleagues, by delicious food cooked by her partner Chris, martial arts practice with her daughter Hijab, and quiet time in the mountains of Kashmir. This event is sponsored by the MSU Local Food Systems Research Group, Myrlie Evers Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities, and the Department of Sociology at Mississippi State University.