Media Advisory

Posted: Thursday, 18 February 2016

Troy University to host hunger, poverty summit at Montgomery Campus

MONTGOMERY - Sen. Gerald Dial and Dr. Robin O'Sullivan, a Troy University history lecturer, will serve as the keynote speakers for the second annual "Hungry for Justice: Student Poverty and Hunger Summit" on Friday, Feb. 19 at Troy University's Montgomery Campus.

The event, presented by Troy University's Office of Civic Engagement and Alabama Possible, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Gold Room, located on the second floor of Whitley Hall on the Montgomery Campus.

Sen. Dial will address his ongoing efforts to eliminate the state sales tax on groceries, while Dr. O'Sullivan will discuss food access and equity policies. The event will bring together students from two- and four-year colleges and universities from throughout Alabama.

A complete schedule of the day's events follows. To confirm coverage, please contact Andy Ellis at 334-268-9983 or by email at

Hungry for Justice Student Poverty and Hunger Summit
Feb. 19
Montgomery Campus of Troy University

8:30 – 9 a.m. Check-in/breakfast
9 – 10 a.m. Welcome/Keynote
Welcome by Dr. Dew
Keynote - Senator Gerald Dial
10 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-10:55 a.m. Session 1
  • The art of human trafficking: How people get away with profiting off vulnerable people in the 21st century, Salem Afangideh, Human Trafficking Legal Consultant Whitley Hall Room 309
  • Advocacy 101, Shakita Jones, Alabama Arise Whitley Hall Room 315
  • Beth Anne Dunagan and Catherine Doe, EAT South Whitley Hall Room 318
11:10-11:50 a.m. Session 2
  • Hungry for Health: A Case of Alabama Students, Alabama State University Whitley Hall Room 309
  • Estelle Hebron-Jones & Jennifer Taylor, Equal Justice Initiative Whitley Hall Room 324
  • Allison Muhlendorf, Alabama School Readiness Alliance Whitley Hall Room 325
12 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
Keynote: Eating Equity: Organic Food, Farming, and Fairness
Dr. Robin O'Sullivan, Troy University
1 – 2 p.m. Student Poster Sessions
2:15 – 3 p.m. Campus Discussions - Facilitated by Jonathan Cellon
3:00-3:30 p.m. Closing session (presentation and discussion of campus plans/statewide efforts across higher education in Alabama)