Fatima Wahidi received a bachelors in sociology with a minor in anthropology from Washington University in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. She was inspired by her North St. Louis County community to work towards racial and socioeconomic justice. Recently, she completed a fellowship with the American Pakistan Foundation where she collaboratively constructed a policy brief advocating for improved U.S-Pakistan relations across sectors and she was a teaching assistant for a first-year seminar on the intersection of health, wellness, care, and healing, Medicine & Society. Fatima continues to search for how she can be of service to others, and in her free time she enjoys boxing, exploring local eateries, and spending time in nature.
Field placement: Chicago Food Policy Action Council
Fatima's work at the Chicago Food Policy Action Council (CFPAC) focuses on amplifying local Indigenous, Black, and Latinx-led food justice movements in the Chicagoland area - land that has ties to the Peoria, Kickapoo, Kaskaskia, Myaamia, and Potawatomi tribal nations. Her exposure to various community-led initiatives from urban farms to mutual aid showcases how expansive and dynamic food and agricultural justice work is across Cook County, Illinois. Fatima is capturing and highlighting stories of joy and collective care.