November 2017: Food & Environmental Justice

Whitney Smith helps a child in White House vegetable garden. During two terms in the Food Corps, Whitney educated students on gardening, food justice, nutrition and urban agriculture. SHFWire photo by Kritika Gadhvi, 2014.

Please join us at Trudy’s home  on Monday, November 13 at 7:00pm. The meeting will start with time to meet and greet each other and enjoy refreshments, including wine and non-alcoholic beverages. At 7:30, we will have a brief business meeting. The December Holiday Gala and Tour, fundraisers for the ABC Scholarship, will be on the agenda.  

Program starts at 8:00pmOur speaker this month is Whitney Smith, ABC Scholarship recipient and daughter of Sandi Smith, former Indian Village Woman’s Garden Club president. Whitney will discuss “Food and Environmental Justice”. Environmental justice addresses the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people in the development and enforcement of environmental laws and policies. Food and proper nutrition for residents of Detroit will be a focus of Whitney’s presentation.

Whitney has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Wellesley University and a Masters of Science from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability. She is presently employed by the Detroit Health Department in Environmental Health. 

Prospective members and guests are always welcome. If you have questions, please reach out to Kathy Krasity

Whitney Smith

Why did you choose to study Environmental Justice at U. Of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability?

Whitney, “I am passionate about environmental justice. I chose to study Environmental Justice at SEAS because it gives me the opportunity to work at the intersection of my interests in critical race theory, food justice, ethobotany of the African diaspora, and the environment….I’ve used this opportunity to take classes in the Department of AfroAmerican and African Studies, Urban Planning, and the School of Social Work.”