Danyelle's role includes supporting students and student organizations in leadership development through community engagement. She fosters student learning and development through training and programmatic consultation to student organizations, working with them to advance their goals and meet community-defined needs. Additionally, she serves as the advisor to the University of Michigan Alternative Spring Break program and supports student organizations planning immersive service experiences for their groups. She is on a facilitation training committee that works with students to develop skills and knowledge around group facilitation, as well as a working group promoting students purposeful engagement in the community.
Danyelle began working at the Ginsberg Center in 2014, having obtained Bachelor of Arts degrees in History & Sociology from the University of Georgia and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs from (The) Ohio State University.
Danyelle enjoys learning how to garden, reading, Netflix, and exploring Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Her favorite activities in Ann Arbor are walking downtown, trying new restaurants, and continuing a quest for the perfect brunch. Some of Danyelle’s research interests include learning about the intersections of social identities and service-learning and organizational change and effectiveness.
What do you love most about working at the Ginsberg Center?
“I love engaging in critical conversations about service.”
What is one piece of advice you wish you had when you were in college?
“Well, I have more than one piece. First, find balance-- whatever balance means for you, as it doesn’t look the same for everyone. Next, if at least 3 people tell you, ‘You should meet So-and-So!” I’d really encourage you to meet So-and-So and see what the hype is about . Reflect on your experiences; it’s really easy to go through experiences and different organizations, but thinking about what you’ve gained from one before moving on to the next one is helpful in your personal growth and development. Lastly, push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Do at least one thing every semester that makes you uncomfortable.”
What Danyelle's colleagues are saying:
“Danyelle is not afraid to challenge, in a healthy way. I admire how she can say what she has to say to get people thinking and considering ideas that maybe they wouldn't have before she made her statement. She is also very good with relationship building, which makes it easier for her to work with students and staff.”
“Danyelle has an incredible work ethic, and works closely with students to deliver the most meaningful programming possible.”