Conference: Rooted in Relationship - Power & Privilege in Food Systems

People-Centered Policy and Practice

Planting Justice student intern YenniferHow can we move from charitable interventions to a justice-based approach to food systems reform and community development? The Rooted in Relationship event will explore how to shift power and work in support of (not on behalf of) community-rooted organizations working on the health and economic viability of historically marginalized communities.

This conference is co-hosted by the Equitable Food Oriented Development Collaborative, Communities in Partnership, the Duke World Food Policy Center, and the Sanford School of Public Policy's 50 Years of Public Policy at Duke University event series.


April 21, 2022, 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Registration and proof of vaccination are required

Attendance is free; meals provided

Duke University Karsh Alumni Center

2080 Duke University Road, Durham, NC 27708

Program for Rooted in Relationship event


Event Sessions

50 min
Check in and Breakfast

* Please be aware that attendees must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to be admitted to the event.

10 min
Welcome & Land Acknowledgement

Vivette Jeffries-Logan, co-founder and principal of biwa | Emergent Equity, LLC, member of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation

30 min
What is Equitable Food Oriented Development?

Exploring the evolution and key principles of the Equitable Food Oriented Development framework.


  • Camryn Smith, Co-founder and Executive Director, Communities in Partnership

  • Trisha Chakrabarti, Manager, Equitable Food Oriented Development (EFOD) Collaborative, DAISA Enterprises/EFOD Collaborative

60 min
Research Justice: Shifting from extractive study to humanized relationship

This session will develop a shared understanding of how the current rewards structure within academia holds power in place, and develop a shared understanding of how we move from the extractive, to the transactional, to operationalizing equity. The panel will discuss where academia is making progress and where is it struggling; how that impacts lives in community, and how it affects ability of researchers to create long-term authentic connections. The panel will also make recommendations for how to move forward together to create research justice.

Moderator: Dr. Jay Pearson, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Global Health, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University


  • Aliyah Abdur-Rahman, Senior Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness, Fuqua Business School, Duke University

  • Dr. Danielle Spurlock, Assistant Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

  • Lorena Andrade, Executive Director, La Mujer Obrera

15 min
 USDA Racial Equity Focus

Establishing shared analysis of the collective benefits of shifting and sharing power, which can move institutions away from checkbox equity to operationalizing as anti-racist organizations.

  • Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, USDA

15 min

Refreshments: coffee, tea, water, snacks

60 min
Reframing the role of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in building equitable economic ecosystems

This session will investigate how funding often doesn’t get allocated towards collective wealth-building strategies. How can CDFIs operationalize this approach (more relationship-based around collective wealth)? How to challenge the status quo? CDFIs run social enterprise work, including the disparities within this community and how it is working against itself. We will explore how CDFIs can shift from a deficit model towards a reparative one regarding favorable lending terms and changes to risk profiling, etc. How can we change the narrative from risk to relationship and shift power and decision-making?

Moderator: Trisha Chakrabarti, Manager, Equitable Food Oriented Development Collaborative, DAISA Enterprises/EFOD Collaborative


  • Nicole Anand, Deputy Director, Inclusive Action for the City
  • Mariela Cedeño, Partner, Manzanita Capital Collective
  • Lenwood Long, President, Alliance of African American CDFI CEOs
  • Camryn Smith, Co-founder and Executive Director, Communities in Partnership
60 min


Logo for Indulge Catering, Inc.Indulge Catering, LLC (Executive Chef Queen Precious-Jewel Zabriskie and Sous Chef Jacqueline "Jay" White) is providing the meals for this event. Indulge Catering, LLC specializes in menus that highlight American, Mediterranean, and Italian cuisines.

60 min
Addressing the Racial Wealth Gap


  • Dr. Henry McKoy, Faculty Member and Director of Entrepreneurship, School of Business; Managing Director of the Eagle Angel Network, North Carolina Central University
60 min
Reimagining Philanthropy: shifting and sharing power

This session will explore shifting philanthropy towards concepts such as democratically-controlled funds, reparative funding, and incorporating more relational loans and grants into funding programs.

Moderator: Jen Zuckerman, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Duke World Food Policy Center


  • Virginia Clarke, Director, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders

  • Stacey Barbas, Senior Program Office for Health, Kresge Foundation

  • Olivia Watkins, Co-founder, Black Farmer Fund

  • Jesalyn Keziah, Community Engagement Program Officer, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill American Indian Center

40 min
Concluding Reflections - How to move to action and operationalize discussions of the day


  • Camryn Smith, Founder & Executive Director, Communities in Partnership

  • Dr. Kelly Brownell, Director, World Food Policy Center, Robert L. Flowers Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Dean Emeritus, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University



Event Sponsors

Equitable Food Oriented Development Collaborative


Communities in Partnership (CIP)

Duke World Food Policy Center

Sanford School of Public Policy

Celebrating 50 Years of Public Policy Research at Duke University