Racial Equity and Food Justice
Food justice and racial justice are inextricably linked. In this session, participants will gain an understanding of systemic racism within food systems, while also learning about the current food justice movement.

We will present some history of racial inequity in this field, both generally and specific to Virginia. It is our hope that through listening to and wrestling with these truths, participants can be better allies by helping to advance racial equity both personally, as well as within their organizations. We will provide some strategies for moving forward in anti-racism work.


Azeb Kinder is an experienced educator, facilitator and trainer who works with individuals, communities and organizations to address and dismantle racially based inequities by transforming their beliefs, assumptions, and behaviors. She is the founder and CEO of T​ he Kinder Group​, a consulting firm with a mission to increase the cultural competency of organizations by leading their stakeholders in developing cultural self-awareness, knowledge, and skills that empower them to effectively communicate and serve diverse populations. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Temple University (M.A., Education) and Gwynedd Mercy University (Ed.D., Educational Leadership), Azeb has over 20 years of experience as a community organizer, educator, and dialogue group facilitator. Throughout her career, she has created and led engaging community outreach programs for a diverse group of parents and students, trained teachers, and facilitated numerous dynamic workshops. She can be reached at azeb@thekindergroup.com.


Jason Biehl is a DC native and anti-racist educator, with over 20 years of experience working in education with youth from diverse backgrounds. In 2017, he founded Change The Narrative,​ a series of workshops and professional development on race, whiteness and equity, designed to increase the knowledge, understanding and empathy of predominantly white students, teachers and parents. He is a trained facilitator, who is active in nurturing anti-racist community. As part of the Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ DC) Education team, he worked on curriculum development and organized a Masculinity and Whiteness Reading Group, which has become meaningful and transformative for white men in this work. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in African-American Studies and received his Social Studies teaching credential from San Francisco State University. He can be reached at jbiehl@gmail.com.