Born in Nigeria and raised in Houston, Texas, Baridilo is a recent graduate from Rice University with a degree in policy studies and sociology, and a certificate in civic leadership. With a passion for social justice, especially in areas of race, gender, and poverty, Baridilo worked on her college campus to advocate for more inclusive practices and spaces. Through several positions in student government, most notably the founding of a Diversity Council, she worked tirelessly to support marginalized communities. Outside of her work on campus, Baridilo is particularly interested in issues of housing and homelessness. She has participated in a service trip to New York focusing on the issue of homelessness, and has worked with the City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department to provide materials that educate citizens on the affordable housing crisis in Houston.
Field placement: Northwest Harvest
Baridilo is completing her field placement at Northwest Harvest, a food justice organization in Washington State. Working out of the Seattle office, Baridilo is creating curriculum for Northwest Harvest's Speakers' Bureau. The Speakers Bureau program is a way for the organization's advocacy team to center people who have experiences of hunger and poverty in the city. The goal is to foster leadership, public speaking, and advocacy and policy training to prepare participants to interface with legislators. Baridilo is also researching ways to provide better access for food bank clients and ways to better connect Washingtonians with lived experiences of hunger and poverty to law and policy makers.
Policy placement: Prosperity Now