A 2015-16 Engaged Faculty Fellow, Noliwe Rooks is an associate professor in Africana Studies and the Department of Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. Read her faculty profile for more information.
About the Project
To Feed the People Body and Soul: Food Justice and Environmental Equity is an opportunity to develop connections and relationships with local community members whose work in Ithaca revolves around food dignity, justice and access. The goal is to ultimately redesign a previously taught course that focused on food justice and environmental equity in the South Bronx to include a more local focus. The redesigned course, To Feed the People Body and Soul: Food Justice and Environmental Equity, will be offered in the fall of 2016 and focuses on the issues of race, inequality and poverty relative to food in the Ithaca area.
Why She Does It
Noliwe Rooks believes that liberal arts can transform communities at the same time that community engagement can transform a liberal arts education and that interdisciplinary fields such as Africana studies are well poised to participate in this transformation.
Engaged Cornell Grants
Engaged Opportunity Grant: Celebrating the Sustainable Local Food System
Engaged Curriculum Grant: Africana
Engaged Faculty Fellowship Program
A yearlong cohort program in which faculty dive deep into the theory and practice of community-engaged learning; meet monthly to discuss readings, share projects and workshop challenges; and help transform what it means to teach at Cornell