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Pratt Presents Design Equity: Food Equity

March 19, 2024 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Higgins Hall Auditorium

Pratt Presents Food Equity

A Design Equity Event
Co-presented by Pratt’s School of Design

Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 PM
Higgins Hall Auditorium 
61 St. James Place
Free and open to the public; reservations required

Please join us for a reception immediately following the event.


Tony Hillery, Founder and CEO, Harlem Grown
Marcus Samuelsson, Chef, Restaurateur, and Author
Amanda Huynh (moderator), Product and Food Designer, Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute 

Please join us for a special evening featuring two culinary powerhouses: chef Marcus Samuelsson, whose celebrated restaurants include Red Rooster, Hav & Mar, Metropolis, and Marcus Bar and Grille, and Tony Hillery, founder and CEO of Harlem Grown, whose mission is to use mentorship and education to support urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. The event will be moderated by Pratt faculty member Amanda Huynh, whose product and food design practice lies at the intersection of community-building, social innovation, and sustainability. Their conversation will explore the many ways in which food is foundational to culture, health, and flourishing communities, as well as how race, class, and issues of justice come to bear on food access and equity. The evening will also showcase the ways design is innovating solutions to food equity challenges and how food can serve as a catalyst to change lives.

This event is part of Pratt Institute’s Design Equity initiative, a provocative series of discussions and events dedicated to shaping a sustainable and just future in New York City (and beyond). As we move out of the pandemic and into a new chapter, we’ll examine how civic and creative leaders effect positive change in arenas such as housing, climate resilience, food, education, and more. Design Equity also highlights the ways in which Pratt’s faculty and alumni bring their creative education and community-first approach to spark change and create a more just and sustainable tomorrow. Previous Design Equity events have examined transportation, in an event focusing on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and housing in Black Lives Black spaces, a program probing the discriminatory housing policies that have devastated the economic and social fabric of the Black community.