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

The lunch plenary will feature a presentation by Eddie R. Cole (Associate Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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.