Jamila Walida Simon
Jamila Walida Simon
NYS 4-H Civic Engagement Specialist
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research

NYS 4-H Office



Jamila Walida Simon earned her Bachelor's Degree from Wells College and her Master's Degree from Cornell University. She began her career with Cornell University Cooperative Extension in New York City (CUCE-NYC) under the direction of Dr. Davis-Manigaulte the CUCE-NYC Family and Youth Development Program Leader. Jamila served as the CYFAR CITY Project Coordinator and worked to build capacity at Henry Street Settlement in lower Manhattan, and the Police Athletic League (PAL) in the Bedford-Stuyvestant section of Brooklyn.

After she completed her master's degree she joined the staff at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County where she served as the Program Manager of the 4-H Urban Outreach Program at West Village. In addition, in 2010, Jamila Walida joined the NYS 4-H team part-time and served as a Civic Engagement Coordinator and Communications Coordinator. 

In 2015, Jamila Walida joined the NYS 4-H team full-time and currently serves as the NYS 4-H Civic Engagement Specialist. in 2021, Jamila Walida joined the BCTR to serve as the Associate Director of Innovation in Youth Programs. She serves as a bridge and connector to community translating kitchen table conversations about community needs. 

Research interests

My research interests vary and right now I am exploring the sense of purpose in Black Farmers in New York State. I am co-writing with Black farmers engaged in cooperative work and calling for a new ecosystem in order to ensure their thriving. 

Not working with students at this time.

HE 5060 102: BCTR Community Engaged Learning course

5060-102: Building Community Food Systems

State Teen Action Retreat, Syracuse, NY

National 4-H Congress, Atlanta, GA

National 4-H Conference, Crystal City, VA and Capitol Hill

Citizenship Washington Focus, Chevy Chase, MD

Leadership Washington Focus, Chevy Chase, MD

Cornell University Precollege Summer Studies, Ithaca, NY 

Syracuse Onondaga Food Systems Alliance

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences




 I Am My Child's First Teacher, Parent Leadership program 

Ithaca Black Lives Matter chapter

Community Cafe Facilitator

Community Food Rescue and Distribution

BS, Wells College

MS, Cornell University

2024, PhD, Global Development , Cornell University

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