Morénike Giwa Onaiwu is a community advocate, writer, Christian, mom, and educator. She is American-born to immigrant parents. Morénike heads the Houston HIV Cross-Network Community Advisory Board. She is a Black autistic woman in a multicultural, neurodiverse, serodifferent family of color and a firm supporter of human rights. She has several years of program management experience and is involved in a myriad of social justice activism endeavors including including HIV-related advocacy, disability rights, learning via technology, research, refugee and minority youth outreach, gender and racial justice, and promoting inclusion.
Morénike chairs the Global Community Advisory Board of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group. She is also a community member with other HIV clinical research entities, including IMPAACT, HPTN, AMC, ANCHOR, and ATN. She also maintains membership in national disability, advocacy, and family service organizations; serving as chairperson of both a large HRSA-funded local planning body and an international NIH-funded community research network; and leadership roles within various entities including the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, the AIDS Alliance for Women, Infants, Children, and Youth, Ryan White Part D, the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families, and the Autism Women's Network.
Morénike is the founder of Advocacy Without Borders (a grassroots education, community advocacy and self-empowerment initiative) and has presented at a number of peer-reviewed conferences. In addition, Morénike has been the recipient of a number of awards, including an Alan Page Award for Community Service to Children of Color; a Department of Education "Reach to Teach" grant for autism education; an AIU Leadership Award; a YMCA School Outreach Services Award; Project Intersect (Health Disparities/Race/Gender) and Council for Education Conference Grants; Advocating for Another: "Health Activist of the Year"; 2014 WEGO Health Award, and the "Service to the Self-Advocacy Movement" 2015 ASAN Award. She was a panelist at the inaugural 2016 White House Forum on the Civil Rights of Parents with Disabilities and is a member of the Hillary for America Disability Policy Working Group.
Morénike considers herself a "life-long learner" who is constantly growing and changing, hopefully for the better! As a proud member of a large, diverse, HIV affected family, considers her wonderful children, biological and adopted, to be her greatest accomplishment.