Saru Matambanadzo Appointed Emily Ratner and Newday II Professor of Social Entrepreneurship

The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking is pleased to announce Saru M. Matambanadzo as the Emily Ratner and New Day II Professor of Social Entrepreneurship beginning January 1, 2017.As a Social Entrepreneurship Professor, Dr. Matambanadzo will apply design thinking methodology to her work to address the challenges mothers in the Gulf South Region face with employment discrimination, maternal health, and resource accessibility. Furthermore, she will use design thinking principles to examine the complex problems related to food justice in the region, particularly in rural Mississippi. For this initiative, Dr. Matambanadzo and her husband David Noble have purchased a 32-acre farm in Foxworth, MS as a laboratory for grounding research in law and policy around food related issues. They intend to grow lavender and seasonal vegetables for market and to participate in the local agricultural community to understand and innovate food justice. While at Taylor, Matambanadzo plans to increase integration and synergies between the Law School and the Taylor Center by teaching topics such as employment discrimination and social innovation. Read full article