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Soledad O’Brien to speak on food insecurity at UNCW

Soledad O’Brien will address “How Students are Struggling with Food Insecurity on Campus” as part of UNCW’s Leadership Lecture Series. She will host the talk on Tuesday, March 28, to speak at the Burney Center on campus. (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — An award-winning journalist, documentarian, author and philanthropist will be visiting Wilmington next week to speak on a topic close to the vest.

Soledad O’Brien will address “How Students are Struggling with Food Insecurity on Campus” as part of UNCW’s Leadership Lecture Series. She will host the talk on Tuesday, March 28, at the Burney Center on campus.

A member of the Wilmington Alumnae Chapter and Theta Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, O’Brien will touch on problems students face when dealing with hunger, such as shame and anxiety if having to utilize food pantries or seeking support. She also addresses the aftereffects it can have on academic achievement.

She explores topics through authentic stories gathered through Soledad O’Brien Productions, a multi-platform media production company, dedicated to empowerment by tackling high-pressing social issues.

The journalist, who has worked for NBC, CNN, Al Jazeera America and HBO, created the documentary, “Hungry to Learn: How Students Are Struggling on Campus,” in 2019. It will screen the night before her talk — Monday, March 27, at 5:30 P.M. in Lumina Theater. 

O’Brien was inducted as an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. from Howard University in Washington DC more than a decade ago. Founded in 1913, the nonprofit organization makes up 300,000 predominantly Black-educated women and offers support through community programs nationwide.  

The Wilmington Alumnae Chapter, also operating more than 83 years, is located on 7th Street in downtown. It offers assistance to people in need in New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties. 

All attendees must register, which is free for UNCW students, faculty, and staff. General admission otherwise is $10.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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