“Community Collaborations for Environmental Justice”
A Zoom Conversation with Jay Fiskio, Director and Professor of Environmental Studies and Chair of Food Studies
Moderated by Michael J. Lythcott ’70
What do respectful, reciprocal relationships look like in addressing food insecurity and environmental racism? Professor Jay Fiskio will describe her collaborative efforts for food justice and the Mellon Food Justice grant that Oberlin College and Lorain County Community College just received to support this work. She also will discuss her collaborations with the community of Africatown, Alabama. Africatown, where the last ship of enslaved people landed in 1860, has a proud history and powerful community, but, like many historic Black towns, has been surrounded by polluting industries.
Join the D.C. Club and the Oberlin Enviro-Alums affiliate group for a conversation in the final program in the three-part Zoom series exploring climate and environmental justice.
Jay Fiskio is Director and Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, where she explores environmental humanities, environmental racism, and community engagement. She also is Chair of the Food Studies Program that examines food and agricultural policies from a critical range of perspectives. She coordinates a digital archive in collaboration with the community of Africatown, Alabama, and currently serves as principal investigator for the Mellon grant "Food Justice in the Great Lakes Region" in collaboration with Lorain County Community College. Professor Fiskio earned her PhD in Environmental Science, Studies, and Policy from the University of Oregon.
Michael J. Lythcott ’70 is President of the Lythcott Company, a private consulting practice that focuses on the resources and relationships needed to address the multiple impacts facing “environmental justice communities.” He engages with grassroots community organizations, government agencies, labor unions, and industry to design and implement effective collaborative problem-solving strategies. Michael is currently the Vice Chair of Oberlin Enviro-Alums and is a former alumni-elected member of the Oberlin College Board of Trustees. He has served as the Vice Chair of the National Black Environmental Justice Network and Vice Chair of the Waste and Facility Siting Committee of The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. He has been a visiting faculty member at Colorado State University, Georgetown University, and the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. At Oberlin he majored in Government.