SNA Celebrates Black History Month


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School Nutrition Association is honoring the contributions and achievements of the Black community throughout the month of February, starting with a webinar, href="" alt="“Celebrate Black History Month with SNA,”">“Celebrate Black History Month with SNA,” at 3 p.m. Thursday, February 4. Attendees will hear inspiring leadership journeys, celebrate the work of school nutrition professionals and discuss the critical role school nutrition programs play to fuel all students for success.

“[Black History Month] is a celebration of the accomplishments of Blacks in every facet,” said Honorable Shirley Watkins Bowden, owner of SR Watkins & Associates, who served as SNA president in 1988-89. “Black people have been marginalized, and it’s important to celebrate their history and understand who people are and what contribution they make to the word.”

Other contributors you’ll hear from during the webinar include:

  • Moderator Ervin Watson, Jr., MBA, School Nutrition Coordinator for Douglas County School District in Georgia. “I truly believe that only through greater diversity and inclusion of people different from us do we have a chance for humanity to become the best version of itself,” Watson shared with SNA. 
  • SNA President Reginald Ross, SNS, Operations and Management Consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. “I am walking and living history, as I often tell my daughter, nephew and grandson: I rode on the back of buses. I went to segregated schools and drank from separate water fountains. But I never allowed other people’s hate, insecurity or disrespect to hamper me from doing the things I needed to do to achieve my goals,” Ross told School Nutrition magazine in an August 2020 interview. “...It is so important for our Association to have an environment that is inviting and where people feel comfortable to be part of what we’re doing.” 
  • Shannon Ebron, MS, RDN, LD, Director of Child Nutrition for the School District of Riverview Gardens in Missouri. “Black History Month is a time of gratitude for me,” Ebron recently shared with SNA. “A time to thank those that made ultimate sacrifices and paved the way, so I can be in the leadership position I am in today as Director of Child Nutrition at the School District of Riverview Gardens. It reminds me of the responsibility to tell our stories for the success of future generations and the preservation of our cultural traditions.”
  • Michael Francis, Assistant Director for Child Nutrition Services for Spring Branch Independent School District in Texas. “With diversity, each of our talents and skills become a beacon of light for creating endless possibilities, together, as one!” he shared. 

Register today for “Celebrate Black History Month with SNA.” Participants will earn 1 SNA CEU in Key Area 3: Administration, Key Topic 3400: Human Resources and Staff Training, Sub Topic: 3420: Diversity. The webinar is made possible through the support of SNA sponsor Titan-A Linq Solution.



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