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Get Real! Real-World Professional Secrets Featuring Dr. Samina Raja, Urban and Regional Planning September 26

Posted by Tim on September 3, 2019 in Uncategorized

The University Honors College Presents: Get Real! Real-World Professional Secrets, featuring Dr. Samina Raja, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Founder and Director of the UB Food Lab!

Do you ever wonder what it really takes to be successful in life? Ever wanted someone to “Get Real” and tell you the secret? Join us for a unique speaker series where professionals with a diversity of experiences from across campus and beyond share their stories of success and offer helpful advice that can help you prepare for your future.

Title: Purposeful Practice (for failure and success)
Thursday, September 26, 2019
3:30-4:20 p.m.
107 Capen Hall (Colloquium Room)

Trained as a civil engineer and an urban planner, Dr. Raja is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and the founder and director of the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab (UB Food Lab). Her work focuses on the use of community-led policy to promote health and food equity. She has published 70+ journal articles, policy briefs, and plans, some of which are co-authored by UB undergraduate students.

She directs Growing Food Connections, a national research initiative that uses local government policy to strengthen community food systems in the United States. Globally, her team’s work focuses on smallholder farmers who bear the brunt of hunger, and yet provide a significant share of the world’s fruits and vegetables in the face of globalization, urbanization, and climate change (this research is forthcoming in a report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization).

Dr. Raja is the recipient of the 2014 Dale Scholar Prizefor excellence in planning scholarship and the 2016 UB Excellence in University-Community Engagement Award along with long-term community collaborator the Massachusetts Avenue Project. In her spare time, she enjoys martial art practice, and is working (very slowly) toward a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.