Saleem graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. He has worked in Washington, D.C.with the C.E.E.D. Youth Leadership Organization (now a partner with Community Harvest) facilitating youth education programs in sustainable agriculture, nutrition, environmental justice, food security, and poverty. He also interned with Arena Stage's Living Stage Theatre Company doing socio-political arts education workshops throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Field placement: Hunger Task Force
Saleem researched and coordinated the development of a new youth program addressing community food security in Milwaukee’s near north side neighborhood. The Fondy Market Youth Program is designed to approach community food security through a variety of topics including: nutrition and healthy eating, community gardening, and cooperative business development. This youth program, slated to begin summer of 2004, is the first pilot project of the Fondy Farmer’s Market.
Policy placement: NETWORK
Saleem researched U.S. immigration issues, policies, and legislation and wrote educational materials to be distributed to NETWORK’s nationwide membership base. These educational materials provided general information for NETWORK’s members (12,000 individuals and organizations). Pertinent legislation included: the DREAM Act/Student Adjustment Act, the Unity, Security, Accountability, and Family Act (U.S.A. Family Act), and the U.S. Employee and Family Unity and Legalization Act (U.S.E.F.U.L).