We Are What We Eat: A Food & Race Workshop

Starts: November 8, 2019 9:00 am | Ends: November 8, 2019 1:00 pm

A joining of food and equity practitioners to understand and reconstruct a more just food system.

Entrenched in food systems are racial, social, economic and environmental injustices. Many of these injustices are a reflection of broader injustice (racial inequities, gender inequities, food apartheid, etc.), yet others are in some ways borne from and perpetuated by food systems (fast food culture, tipped worker inequities, subsidies, etc.). Regardless of the source, food system inequalities remain largely unaddressed and often ignored. Since food is the basis of both individual and community systems, food is a necessary starting point for solving issues of systemic oppression and racism at its roots. This workshop aims to begin an intentional discussion around racial equity in the food system, with subsequent working group study/brainstorming sessions. We will begin to dissect the roots of racism in our food with the goal of catalyzing community action and creation of networks connecting food and equity work.

Specific Workshop Goals:

  • To identify systems of racial inequity, both generally and specific to the food system.
  • To discuss and unpack local food system inequities and both long and short term actions to rectify and improve representation and access in local food systems.
  • To build a community of practitioners that are informed, connected, and motivated to make change around local and national racial inequities in the food system.

Registration Details:

  • Prerequisite: Prior training on equity
  • Trainers: Manar Alattar, Stephen Fowler
  • Date and time: Friday, November 8 from 9:00am – 1:00pm, lunch included. Optional follow-up implementation groups on November 18 and 25.
  • Location: Zenger Farm 11741 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97266

Black, Brown, and Indigenous participants:

Acknowledging that you carry the burden of added emotional and intellectual labor in conversations about racism and settler colonialism in the educational system, RNW offers this workshop FREE OF CHARGE to Black, Brown, and Indigenous participants. If your organization is able to cover the cost of your attendance, we certainly welcome part or all of the fee to support the work of RNW, in particular that of our Black staff & contractors.

This policy is neither an act of reparations or “micro-reparations”; it is a systemic offering to offset the harms caused by white people and the white gaze when trying to understand applied frames for equity from a human rights lens.

White participants:

The fee for this workshop is $160. We ask each person to pay what you are able.


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Event Organizers

Manar AlattarI am a college biology instructor, a food systems instructor and researcher, and a mother of two beautiful boys. My journey into food systems started early in life with gardening and family heritage and became prominent in my research as a graduate student at Portland State University. I have studied bacterial and insect communities in compost systems, crop yield improvement, and assessment of educational programs related to environmental impacts of food. But throughout my research, the institutional injustices that are entrenched into food systems has become more and more obvious. Addressing these inequities is my passion. I have recently developed, and now teach, a Food Systems course with a social justice focus at the University of Portland. Along with teaching and equity, I am a youth mentor and work to network with educators about using food as a tool for science and sustainability education.

Stephen FowlerStephen Fowler is an activist, justice advocate, community educator, and performing artist from Portland Oregon. Convicted as a teenager, sentenced to 7.5 years in the Oregon Youth Authority, Stephen used his time to educate and expand his understanding of self-worth, potential, and purpose using art forms. Stephen is now committed to educating organizations, school districts, community members, teachers, parents, and students about the radical practice of restorative justice for collective liberation. Stephen is a Consultant, Mediator, co-founder of Verbal Escape, an employee of Resolutions Northwest, Race Talks Facilitator, and resource council member for Morpheus Youth Projects.


November 8, 2019 9:00 am

November 8, 2019 1:00 pm

$160 (pay as you're able)

Lead Organizer

Stephen Fowler


We Are What We Eat: A Food & Race Workshop
Friends of Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97266, USA

Stephen Fowler

November 8, 2019 9:00 am

November 8, 2019 1:00 pm