We’re previewing the panelists who will be talking about the HBCU experience at the New York Urban League’s HBCU College Fair on November 14th at Riverbank State Park– make sure you register! Next up: a graduate of Howard University and Hampton University, Danielle Cornwall!
What is your favorite on campus memory?
Graduation day was favorite campus memory! Celebrating a culmination of hard work and dedication with my family and sharing that with my friends and their families was incredible.
Why did you choose to attend an HBCU?
I chose to attend an HBCU because I considered it a once in a lifetime opportunity. Growing up in an Urban area of Boston with a failing school system, I was a bused for my primary and secondary academic career to a community that was not reflective of my heritage, lacked racial diversity and where I was a minority. I had only 1 teacher of color or African American descent in 12 years. Attending an HBCU allowed me to be taught by educators that looked like me and cared about me; it also exposed me to the depth of the ‘Black experience’, by meeting people that looked like me but had varied backgrounds and life experiences.
What’s the most memorable quote you remember from your HBCU experience?
Good, Better, Best, Never rest until your Good is Better, and your Better is Best
For nearly a decade, Danielle E. Cornwall has passionately worked to provide young people with opportunities to be prepared for college and career. Her career pathway has been fueled by her passion for economic empowerment through equal access to higher education. Danielle started her career at the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunities in Boston, MA, and then joined the National Urban League, leading the Black Executive Exchange program as well as expanding the development of the Education and Youth Development Division’s, Project Ready College Access program. Through her work Danielle has created opportunities for students to thrive, thus empowering them to become economically self-sufficient by accessing the education necessary to compete in the 21st century job market. Following her passion and drive Danielle now works for the Jackie Robinson Foundation focusing on the Foundation’s annual Mentoring and Leadership Conference, its innovative volunteer mentoring initiative, furthering the development and implementation of JRF’s “42 Strategies for Success” curriculum, as well as coordinating the Rachel Robinson International Fellowship. A native Bostonian, one of the defining moments of her life was deciding to attend a Historically Black College & University, Hampton University—affectionately known as “The real HU”. This experience allowed her to better understand the richness and diversity of cultures that only an HBCU can provide; the dedicated faculty and peers also inspired her success. A proud graduate of 2 HBCUs, Ms. Cornwall has an M.S.W. from Howard University and a B.S. in Psychology from Hampton University. Her personal civic engagement includes being a troop leader in the Girl Scouts of America and serving on the East New York Local Development Corporation’s Board of Directors.