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Promoting humanitarianism through advocacy, activism, and policy reform.

Lidya is the daughter of Tigrayan and Eritrean immigrants and an avid advocate for justice, human rights, and representation. She is especially passionate about the intersection between human rights and technological advancements. Inspired by the love for her community and her East African roots, Lidya wants to one day found a non-profit dedicated to rebuilding her home, Tigray. She’s excited to further explore her passion for human rights in tandem with the complexities that come with computer science. Lidya is a very active member in the communities she is part of. Within her school she is the Co-President of the African Students Association and the IB Black Organization. She is a George Washington High School representative for the Student Board of Education, the Secretary for National Honors Society, and a member of the Varsity Speech and Debate Team. She acted as an executive board member for the Beautiful Black Girls Club and promoted a project that was undertaken by her AVID Class called, “Closing the Adventure Gap.” At the district level, Lidya is one of five members of the Superintendent Student Executive Cabinet and contributes to the facilitation of monthly events that encourage student voices from every high school in the district, ultimately representing 90,000+ students.


  • Co-Founder of Tigray Youth Council ‘23
  • Co-President of African Students Association
  • GWHS District Representative for the Student Board of Education