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Washieka Torres

Ph.D. student - Disability Studies

Washieka Torres is a disability rights scholar, activist, and documentarian. She is from the South Bronx in New York City and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Disability Studies Program at UIC. She is a documentarian, researcher, and public speaker. Her scholarly area looks at the intersection of food sovereignty and disability. She explores the ways in which society culturally and socioeconomically restricts the representation disabled people have to being seen as active food shoppers and food makers rather than passive food consumers. She does this by mapping disabled foodways in order to look at the ways these barriers shape the food options disabled people have and the choices they make. Her work is also justice-oriented as she works to create a more food just society by centering the needs and wants of disabled people in solving issues around food access, wellness, and food autonomy. Her current projects focus on disabled cooking methods, meaning, and knowledge translation.

  • Bronx, New York