Born and raised in the Bronx to immigrant parents from the West African nation of The Gambia, Mariama Badjie graduated with honors in community health education and a minor in public policy from Hunter College in New York City. Mariama first faced tough questions about racial and socioeconomic equity when she found herself at one of New York’s nine elite public high schools, where black students made up only 4% of the student body. Since then, Mariama has found her passion in health equity, and continues to do work around education access in her Bronx immigrant community. As a student at Hunter, Mariama was the outreach intern in the Community Wellness Department at Sauti Yetu Center for African Women, where she connected the Bronx’s West African immigrant communities to free health education programs. Mariama also works to empower American Muslim youth through a number of community organizations.
Field placement: Pittsburgh Food Policy Council
Policy placement: Swipe Out Hunger