Danielle Biggs has always felt an affinity for the first Black woman to serve in Congress. “I tap into Shirley Chisholm’s gutsy leadership every day,” she says. “One of my mantras is her notorious saying, ‘If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.’”
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial reckoning throughout 2020 inspired Danielle to take action by attending graduate school. She will begin pursuing a master’s degree in education policy and leadership at American University in Washington, DC this fall.
Danielle says, “I am responding to my call to stand up, advocate for and empower the least of these—some of the most vulnerable members of our global society—our children. I aspire to lead community transformation through research and policy implementation to support sustainable educational initiatives.”
Her graduate degree will provide Danielle with a multifaceted approach to lead social justice efforts and sound education policy for young people. She aspires to develop a primary school and arts education organization in her paternal family’s home nation, the Republic of Panamá.
Danielle says, “This scholarship is beyond a blessing and will make it possible for me to complete my graduate degree without financial distress. Your generosity is fueling my dreams and professional endeavors, and I am so grateful.”
The Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship recognizes the need for diverse leadership in ministry, nonprofits and civic organizations, and seeks to accelerate the extraordinary leadership of diverse women of faith to lead change by using their talents to educate, advocate and activate.
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