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Monica White, Ph. D

Monica White, Board President is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been an active member of the DBCFSN since 2007.  She has served as crew leader, co-chair for the Education and Training committee, and is the resident vermi-composter (compost with worms).  She is also deeply engaged in collecting data on the urban gardening movement in Detroit and performs a variety of community outreach activities.  She has made several presentations to children, citizens, activists, and academics in Detroit, New York, San Francisco and Oakland, California to inform others about the work of African Diasporan farmers. She was pivotal in developing "Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System" and was asked to present before the Michigan House of Representatives Urban Policy Council on the importance of urban agriculture. 

Her research investigates communities of color and grassroots organizations that are engaged in the development of sustainable community food systems as a strategy to respond to issues of hunger and food inaccessibility.  Her most recent publications include, “Sisters of the Soil:  Urban Gardening as Resistance Among Black Women in Detroit.”  Race/Ethnicity:  Multicultural Global Contexts and “D-Town Farm:  African American Resistance to Food Insecurity and the Transformation of Detroit” in Environmental Practice and she is currently working on a book that documents the history of agriculture in Detroit. 


Aba Ifeoma


Aba Ifeoma, Board Secretary is a founding member of The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN). Active in the urban beekeeping community, and the assistant beekeeper at D-Town Farm, a project of DBCFSN.  Political activist for 17 years. Served on the Board of Directors of Nsoroma Institute Public School Academy, an African Centered school located in Detroit for 10 years.  Employed as a LAN Administrator for the local utility company in Detroit, she is the proud mother of two college students.

 

Albert Seevers, Board Treasurer
 
 
Kathy Akua Woolbright, Ph.D