11th Class, 2021-2023
Onyịnye Alheri is an artist, doula and scholar-activist who is active in movements that address food & land justice, police & prison abolition, and maternal/infant health. Ọ recently served as Co-Principal Investigator on a qualitative research project exploring the mental health and psychosocial needs of climate activists in Baltimore and is currently co-authoring a toolkit appendix to address the complex needs of pregnant people who live with substance use disorder. She is looking forward to deepening her understanding of the food & nutritional needs of people in crisis. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Onyịnye has lived in many places including Washington, D.C., Maryland, Oregon, Minnesota, California, Ecuador and México. Ọ earned a bachelor’s of arts (BA) in International Studies & Philosophy from Macalester College and a master’s in social work (MSW) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
First Year Placement
Onyịnye worked as a Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Communications (MERC) Officer in support of a cross-cutting project called GTNS (Gender Transformative & Nutrition Sensitive), aimed at preventing stunting and improving food and nutrition security for women, girls, and children in Sofala province. This included using evidence-based practices to co-create training and tools for climate resilient agriculture, post-harvest loss prevention, and social-behavioral change. Ọ also provided oversight of qualitative and quantitative research design, analysis and reporting to measure the impact and effectiveness of the project. Additionally, Onyịnye supported communications and liaised between several WFP Mozambique units addressing cash-based transfers, food assistance and small-holder farmer wellbeing.