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Panelist Bio

Stephanie M. Elwood
Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center

Stephanie Elwood is an Extension Associate with Community and School garden programs at Southern University Ag Center serving since 2011.

She received her bachelor’s degree from LSU and is currently enrolled in the Southern University’s Urban Forestry Graduate Program.

Her current work with the SU Ag Center Cooperative Extension includes, but is not limited to facilitating the “Growing Healthy” program, building gardens at Nutrition Education sites across the state, serving as the CDC Healthy Communities SU Ag Program Manager and Garden Coordinator.

Special projects include USDA grants “Eradicating Food Deserts through the Development of School Gardens”, which involved teaching at schools located in food desert areas and implementing on-campus gardens and “Using Agriculture as a Fast Track Vehicle for Change through Experiential Learning”, which taught incarcerated and adjudicated youth gardening skills.

Ms. Elwood is very involved in local and statewide community garden and food sovereignty efforts; she sits on the board of Front Yard Bikes, 501c3 and is co-founder of the grassroots organization, the Baton Rouge Garden Alliance.

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     03/18 - Making Schools Safe

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion?
The school shooting in Broward County Florida that took the lives of 17 people has reignited the debate over how to make our schools safe. Energized students nationwide are calling for restricted access to certain guns. Congress is considering broader background checks and age limits on gun purchases. President Donald Trump is most enthusiastic about training school staff members to carry concealed weapons.

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion? How would gun control proposals affect the 45% of Louisianans who own guns? What mental health services are available to prevent teenagers from acting out violently? What increased security measures should schools take and how much will they cost? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Making Schools Safe” airing Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and WLAE in New Orleans. (Taping Tuesday, March 27.)
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