Who has a seat at the food policy table and who gets to define the problem and shape the solutions when it comes to addressing issues such as food insecurity?
These are some of the questions that I seek to answer with my colleagues and students at SFU’s Food Systems Lab. Applying community-engaged research methods, this woman-led research lab is focused on centering equity, justice, and particularly the voices of Indigenous partners in shaping our collective vision to achieve sustainable, decolonized, and just food systems for all. Informed by the Islamic and Indigenous teachings that food is medicine, I will showcase why worldviews matter when it comes to planning for food.
Insights from citizen scientists will demonstrate why food is more than just a commodity. Rather, food represents family, identity, culture, and spirituality.
— Tammara Soma
About the lecturer
Tammara Soma (MCIP, RPP) is an assistant professor at SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management and the research director of SFU’s Food Systems Lab. Canadian Organic Growers named Food Systems Lab as one of four “women-run projects that are redefining agriculture.” Originally hailing from Indonesia, Soma conducts research on issues pertaining to food system planning and the circular economy. Soma is a co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Food Waste and was selected as a committee member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for the consensus study “A National Strategy to Reduce Food Waste at the Consumer Level.”
About the President’s Faculty Lectures
The President’s Faculty Lectures shine a light on the research excellence at Simon Fraser University. Hosted by SFU president Joy Johnson, these free public lectures celebrate cutting-edge research and researchers that engage with communities and mobilize knowledge to make real-world impacts.
Each short lecture by an SFU researcher will be followed by a conversation with Joy Johnson and an audience Q&A session.
This year, lecturers will approach the themes of equity and justice from a variety of disciplines.
Learn more about all of the President’s Faculty Lectures of 2021/2022.
Attend online or in-person
This lecture will be live-streamed for online audiences from the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. A link and password to access the Livestream will be emailed to all Livestream registrants via Eventbrite shortly before the event.
There are also a limited number of tickets to attend in person at the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, as per current indoor event capacity restrictions under B.C.’s Public Health Act.
COVID-19 safety protocols
For the safety of all staff, volunteers, and attendees, in-person attendees must present their BC Vaccine Card and a piece of valid government ID for entry.
Masks must be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking, which must be done while sitting in your seat.
We ask that you please be respectful and patient with staff, volunteers, and fellow attendees and be mindful of others’ comfort levels as we all navigate the return to in-person indoor events.
In-person registration disclaimer
As this event is free, and free events routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. As in-person capacity is strictly limited, we will be admitting attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Accessibility, technology, and privacy
Closed captioning in English will be available at this event for both online and in-person audiences.
A captioned video recording of the event will be emailed to all registrants after the event.
If you have any questions about accessibility for this event, please contact [email protected]
2. Technology requirements
Online attendees will need a computer (laptop or desktop), tablet, or smartphone, with speakers or headphones. A microphone and/or a webcam are recommended if you would like to fully participate in the interactive portions of this event.
We recommend that you use a computer for the best experience of this event. Some interactivity and accessibility features are not available when using a smartphone or tablet.
3. Protecting your privacy
This event will be recorded, but only the speakers will be visible in the published recording. The recording will be shared with all registrants and published on SFU Public Square’s website, YouTube, and social media channels.
To ensure that we are using online event technology in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices for this online event series:
- We will only circulate the event link to those who are registered for the event
- We will password-protect the event
- We will enable end-to-end encryption
- We will not use attention tracking
To protect your own privacy:
- We remind you that whatever you say during the event is public, so please do not share sensitive information about yourself or others, and do not say anything you do not wish to enter the public domain.
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- Please do not record or photograph yourself, other participants, or the hosts during the event, unless permission is requested and given.
Our community guidelines are intended to ensure the safety of all guest speakers and event participants and to foster honest, socially accountable dialogue at our events. Thank you for respecting our community guidelines!
- Above all, there will be zero tolerance for those who promote violence or discrimination against others on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, or disability. Anyone who incites harm towards other participants (whether through chat, video, audio, or otherwise) will be removed at the discretion of our technical team and moderator.
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- Take space, make space: share your perspective, and make space for other voices to be heard too. Recognize that we are all here to learn.
- Practice self-care in whatever way you need to. If you need to get up or take a break, please do so.