Sofia is a first-generation Haitian-American from Miami, Florida. She studied Anthropology & Human Biology and African American Studies at Emory University, where she was a member of the Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society, Residence Life, the Black Student Alliance, and the Emory Scholar's Program. Now, Sofia is a co-coordinator, farmhand, and member of a Black ecofeminist collective that champions sustainable food production as a praxis of racial, social, and environmental liberation. As part of the collective; Sofia supports mutual-aid, community building, and cultural preservation between black farmers who need labor and resources and young, black, and landless folks who love the earth. Sofia plans to pursue graduate training in epidemiology and sustainable food production in efforts to uproot oppressive food systems and practices that lead to higher rates of mortality and morbidity amongst BIPOC.
Field placement: Maryland Hunger Solutions
Sofia is conducting a qualitative analysis of racial equity in the anti-hunger movement at Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) in Baltimore, Maryland. She is connecting with national domestic anti-hunger organizations and a cross-section of state and local anti-hunger advocacy organizations to scan, analyze, and report on racial equity programs and campaigns. Sofia’s work captures the material efforts to attain racial equity in the movement, people’s feelings and experiences concerning the topic, and the best practices to be shared in the domestic food security universe.
Policy placement: Alliance to End Hunger
Building on work from prior Hunger Fellows, Sofia will expand the Alliance's "Hunger is a Racial Equity Issue" campaign by creating new educational materials and recruiting new partners.