Morning Plenary Presentation

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Presenter: Sauleh Siddiqui (Associate Professor of Environmental Science / Director, Multiscale RECIPES for Sustainable Food Systems)

Convergent Design: A Framework for Co-creating Knowledge to Transform Our Food System

Up to 40% of all food produced in the United States is wasted, resulting in lost resources and pollution, economic costs, and decreased food security. Tackling this problem requires insights from multiple disciplines, stakeholders, and individuals In this plenary presentation, Professor Siddiqui presents a new framework inspired by convergent science and human-centered design to co-create knowledge that can help transform societal systems towards sustainability, equity, and resilience. The framework provides a general methodology for tackling such problems and integrating multiple viewpoints and perspectives in research, education, and translation. (Sauleh Siddiqui is the principal investigator in the recently announced $15 Million, 5-year NSF-funded research network to minimize and manage wasted food.)

Lunch Plenary Presentation

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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Eddie R. Cole

Presenter: Eddie R. Cole (Associate Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Campus Color Line: How Past Presidents Can Help Point Colleges Towards Equity

Looking beyond the ways in which college students and other activists, as well as politicians, actively participated in the fight for and against civil rights in the middle decades of the twentieth century, historical accounts have not adequately focused on the roles that the nation’s college presidents played in the debates concerning racism. Focusing on the period between 1948 and 1968, Eddie Cole shows how college presidents, during a time of violence and unrest, strategically, yet often silently, initiated and shaped racial policies and practices inside and outside of the educational sphere. This research has formed the basis for the book The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom which was described by New York Times–bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi as “A stunning and ambitious origins story.”

Eddie R. Cole is Associate Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change at UCLA. His research focuses on college presidents’ historic role in shaping racial policies and practices both inside and outside of the educational sphere. His book The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom – called “groundbreaking”, “essential”, and “required reading” by reviewers – was described by New York Times–bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi as “a stunning and ambitious origins story… embedded with breath-taking narratives recovered from meticulous research.” He tweets at @EddieRCole.