Shijuade graduated from Emory University in 2005 with a BA in Sociology and Political Science, where she participated in the Kenneth Cole Fellowship in Community Building and Social Change. Shijuade worked with the City of Atlanta, local non-profits, grassroots organizations and residents on a green space planning and utilization initiative. She was also a tutor at various local elementary schools, and studied abroad inCosta Rica. Shijuade is originally from Buffalo, New York, and her family currently resides in Fairburn, Georgia.
Field placement: Ladder Up / Center for Economic Progress
Shijuade conducted an assessment of the Center’s core financial literacy programs, and created an evaluation tool that will allow the Center to measure the effectiveness and relativity of their workshops. She also revamped one of the Center's main outreach tools, the Benefits Resource Guide, to ensure that it was maximally effective for the targeted audiences. Finally, she designed a comprehensive manual of the financial literacy programs that will be integral to improving the Financial and Community Education department's ability to serve its program participants.
Policy placement: National Conference of State Legislatures
At NCSL, Shijuade created a Hunger and Nutrition Promising Practices Guide that provided state legislators with examples of innovative programs and partnerships that are working to reduce hunger and improve nutrition. Her time was also focused on researching immigration policy with a specific focus on immigrant access to public benefits.