Killing Us Softly: The Impact of Stereotypes, Stress, and Diet on Low-Income Black and Latinx Communities

Chioma Ugwonali ’20
Faculty Advisor: Marisela Ramos
November 15, 2019


From years of driving through her great grandmother’s historically Black community in Texas and similar communities around the nation, CAMD Scholar Chioma Ugwonali ’20 has noticed a stark contrast in businesses and food availability. Chioma’s research paper, “Killing Us Softly: The Impact of Stereotypes, Stress, and Diet on the Academic Performance of Low-Income Black and Latinx Students,” examines the relationship between food injustice in low-income communities, the health of the community residents, and common stereotypes of Black and Latinx people. Her presentation will introduce the need for a multi-pronged approach to environmental justice that includes everything from government incentives to better education on healthy eating.

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