Originally from Takoma Park, Maryland, Morenike graduated from Guilford College in 2007 with a degree in history and peace and conflict studies. She served in leadership positions in student government, Amnesty International, NAACP, and on a delegation to Israel and Palestine. As a Multicultural Leadership Scholar at Guilford, Morenike participated in anti-racist and anti-oppression trainings, served as a Safe Zone counselor, and volunteered as a tutor and mentor for at-risk youth and homeless families.
Field placement: Medical Legal Partnership Boston
Working with a team of attorneys, Morenike collaborated with pediatricians and community health centers to address the hunger and nutrition issues affecting low-income families. She assisted patient families with applications for food stamps and utility discounts and advocated for clients with government agencies. She also researched the effectiveness of co-location of services at Boston Medical Center, where a state eligibility worker visits the hospital regularly to process food stamp applications.
Policy placement: NETWORK
Working with a Catholic social justice organization, Morenike researched ex-offender and recidivism issues, specifically examining their access to public benefits upon reentry. She also explored the needs of Gulf Coast hurricane survivors and their struggles to receive public benefits.