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Disability, race, food scarcity topic of lecture Feb. 28

The Disability Studies Program at The University of Toledo will present
“Beyond Comfort, Beyond the Familiar” Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

Washieka Torres, PhD student within the American Culture Studies Program at Bowling Green State University, will discuss the correlation of food ways, race and disability. Her presentation will involve how race and disability impacts food access and what can be done to solve the scarcity.

Torres

“As a community, we need to think more about the access to food,” said Dr. Kim Nielsen, UT professor of disability studies. “Many college students don’t have much access.”

Torres has her master’s degree in American Studies and graduated from Brooklyn College. She has served as vice chair for disability affairs for the New York University Student Senate and spoke frequently at events in Washington, D.C.

During her studies, Torres combined qualitative and quantitative research to retrieve her findings. She will discuss her research methods and present her findings using a documentary she created throughout her research.

“This topic [disability, race and food access] is something many individuals don’t think about,” said Kathryn Shelley, graduate assistant in the UT Disability Studies Program. “This talk is a great opportunity for students to gain awareness.”

For more information on the free, public lecture, contact the Disability Studies Program at 419.530.7244.

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