Semel HCI Health Equity Seminar: Food for All – Towards Food Justice in a Time of Food Apartheid

The Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA is excited to share our second Health Equity Seminar: Food for All – Towards Food Justice in a Time of Food Apartheid, filmed live on Friday, Dec. 4 2020.

Universal access to fresh, healthy food is at the foundation of a healthy and equitable society. However, access to nutritious food is currently also shaped by a person’s zip code, socioeconomic position, and race.

Karen Washington and other activists have framed these inequities as a “food apartheid,” where access to nutritious food has been intentionally denied to Black, poor, and other marginalized communities through systemic discrimination. Such food inequities fuel health inequities: Black and poor people experience higher rates of diet-related health complications.

Join us to discuss: how can we move towards food and health justice?


Dr. Wendy Slusser 

AVP of the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center


Dr. Amy Rowat

EatWell Pod Co-Leader



Moderated by Dr. Wendy Slusser and Dr. Amy Rowat, our panelists will discuss food apartheid, its impact on the health of marginalized groups, and how we can work towards a transformative and healthy future for all.



Karen Washington

Community activist, co-founder of Black Urban Growers (BUGS), and co-owner of Rise & Root Farm

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Roy Choi

Co-founder, Kogi BBQ; Host of Broken Bread and The Chef Show


Goetz Wolff

Lecturer of Urban Planning at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, advisor at LA Food Policy Council


May Wang

Professor of Community Health Sciences at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Semel HCI’s Health Equity Seminars: This event is part of the 2020-21 Health Equity Seminar Series launched by the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative. Inspired by the 2020 Semel HCI Health Equity summit, the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA is hosting a series of Health Equity Seminars from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021. Through this seminar series, we hope to provoke meaningful conversation and engagement around how our community can foster health and well-being while building empathy and reducing health inequities at UCLA and beyond. See more events here.

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