Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Awareness Week

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Food Deserts/Food Access

*Pastries & Beverages provided at all events in the Pfendler Atrium (2nd Floor).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Managing Director, Center for Global Food Security and specialist in international relief and development

Discussion Breakfast

Earhart Dining Court: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM (students only)

Breakfast Flyer (PDF: 340 KB)

"Rights to Food Security: Putting it in Context"


Keynote Address

Pfendler Building - Room 241: 12:00-1:30PM (open to all)

Keynote Flyer (PDF: 356 KB)

Burniske will define food security and its impact (causes and consequences), as well as touch upon different perspectives of entitlements. In addition he will point out the U.S. stance on food security from an international and national perspective as well as leave some room for thoughts on the table for discussion on how rights might be addressed with greater minority involvement/leadership and suggestions on paradigm shifts for a more food secure country and world.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

IEFDC is a joint effort to bring food and wellness to the under-resourced, high-need communities located in food deserts.

Panel Presentation: "Food Deserts in Indiana"

Pfendler Building - Room 241: 12:00-1:30PM (open to all)

Panel Presentation Flyer (PDF: 369 KB)

Concept: The overwhelming majority of the residents in our service areas are low-income, budget-focused citizens with very limited funds for food shopping. These individuals and families live in a "food desert," meaning that there are very few grocery stores or markets and even fewer food-focused retail venues that provide fresh food options. The devastating outcome is an abundance of drug store shopping for grocery needs, thus limiting or even completely denying exposure to fresh produce and healthy alternatives to packaged and processed foods. This often equates to less nutritious meal planning and an increase in unhealthy food consumption, thus resulting in unhealthy and compromised life styles.

We believe it is equally important to provide a solid and strategic health education-focused aspect to this initiative. Simply putting fresh food into the hands of those in need is not enough. We must also teach residents nutritional basics, and in particular how to prepare simple and nutritious meals with fresh produce and how to incorporate these foods into daily routines. Therefore, we are dedicated to changing how people in our service areas live and eat, and to bringing a new level of wellness and healthiness to our communities.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

One Nation Underfed. Really?

Film + Dialogue

Brown Bag Lunch Event

Pfendler Building - Room 241: 12:00-1:30PM (open to all)

Documentary Flyer (PDF: 334 KB)

For additional information about this or any other of the week's events, please contact DATA sub-committee members Kimber Nicoletti (, Myron McClure (, or Peter Mercado (

Friday, January 24, 2014

Interactive Diversity Tweet Messageboard

Follow us at #PUFightsHunger? (open to all)

​​​“These events n​ot only celebrate the great contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but demonstrate our college’s commitment to b​uilding an inclusive environment.”
        ​​​​​- Dr. Pamala Morris, Assistant Dean & Director, Office of Multicultural Programs, COA