Ph.D. Student, Development Studies, Department of Global Development
Christa Núñez is an African American entrepreneur, researcher, agriculture educator, social justice practitioner and storyteller. She focuses her work on creating cooperative land governance models and equitable food systems with African diaspora communities. As a facilitator for change in the realm of narrative building, education and food justice, she collaborates with stakeholders across multicultural, multigenerational and interdisciplinary lines, cooperating primarily on projects with children and families.
She studies various current stories of people of color, using the historical record as well as current scientific research on health impacts experienced by systemically-urbanized African diaspora communities as narrative connective tissue. The narrative building activities of her work reside in conducting studies guided by communities of color on cooperative land governance and alternative food production experiments and distributes collected data on community-derived assets such as selfie videos, spoken word, music, interviews, art and research projects. In order to achieve replicable community development models, a broader application of her work will include stories of empowered rural homesteads for former urbanites and the creation of justice-informed land and food-based infrastructure as lived experience.
Role that historical and contemporary multicultural cooperative farmers play in global and local environmental, agricultural, back to land movements
can79 [at] cornell.edu