Diop Russell

Diop Russell

"Health equity occurs when black and brown people can nourish their bodies and culturally specific affordable and wholesome foods."

In high school, Diop started the Put Some Respect on My Plate initiative to help teach and empower young people to eat healthier. The initiative elevates the lessons students learn in health class by offering nutrition education at their fingertips. On social media, Diop provides visual representations of tasty, high-quality, nutritious foods. Her 300 followers
also share their creativity in the kitchen and seek out local restaurants that serve healthy meals.

As part of the initiative, Diop hosted after-school workshops with cooking demonstrations, exercise routines and interactive health lessons. She started a Put Some Respect on My Plate chapter at Cass Technical High School in Detroit and hosted workshops for organizations such as the Rhonda Walker Foundation and the Generation With Promise program.

Diop drives change as a Spelman College Social Justice Associate. She plans to further her social justice work by organizing the first Put Some Respect on My Plate Symposium to highlight how food inequity contributes to starkly different existences in urban Atlanta.

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