Zeketra Grandy, Ed.D.
Learning Specialist, Instructor
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Zeketra Grandy, Ed.D, is an Instructor/Learning Specialist for the Educational and Student Success Center for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. An experienced higher education professional, Dr. Grandy completed her doctoral studies at the University of Georgia, with a focus on Workforce Education. Her areas of expertise include first-year seminars, student engagement and success, academic coaching, career development, diversity, creating support services, facilitation, and needs assessment. She has served on a number of strategic planning committees designed to address barriers to academic success and create solutions.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Food insecurity (FI) is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle. It most often occurs in households with income near or below the federal poverty line. In 2021, over 10% of the U.S. population met criteria for FI, 12.5% for households with children. Our state ranks 2nd worst at 15%. Average assistance benefits provide $1.40/person/meal, but the average meal costs $3.02/person. Families face choices of food vs utilities, education, transportation, housing, or medical care. FI contributes to developmental issues, weakened immune system, poor…