While at West Virginia University, Hilary became involved in fighting hunger and food waste in the Morgantown community. She founded a chapter of the Food Recovery Network at WVU, an organization mobilizing students to reduce waste on their college campuses by operating food donation drives.
In addition to her interest in food security, Hilary is passionate about working with children and young people. She spent a semester teaching English abroad in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she learned about indigenous cultures and languages, the history of social revolutions in Latin America, and the Spanish language. This experience was pivotal to her study of Latin American studies at WVU.
During her junior year of college, Hilary became very engaged in local, statewide, and national campaigns. Her interest in mobilizing West Virginia citizens to participate in campaigns and the voting process led to the development of her platform, "Watch Me Lead," which she promoted as Miss Rhododendron 2017, a local titleholder in the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization. She competed at Miss West Virginia in the summer of 2017 and placed as fourth runner-up. As Miss Rhododendron, she travels to schools in the state, reading "One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote" with young students and engaging older students in conversations and games related to the U.S. government.
Seeing the interest and curiosity of students when it came to the democratic process surprised Hilary and ultimately led her to her current position with Inspire U.S.
Contact Hilary at firstname.lastname@example.org