A politics major, Danner interned this past summer at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development implementing fair wage policies. At Sewanee, she is involved in a variety of student organizations that work to cultivate unity among the diverse racial and socio-economic segments of Sewanee’s campus. To further these goals, she ran and was elected as one of the junior class senators for the Student Government Association, became a member of the Bairnwick Women’s Center Activist Coalition, and became a work-study student in the Office of Civic Engagement. In the latter, she supports various initiatives, including Sewanee Votes!, the award-winning democratic program. Beyond these activist positions, she the social chair for Alpha Delta Theta, a social sorority.
Using these platforms, she has used dialogue-across-differences methods to organize conversations concerning Sewanee’s campus climate on sexual behavior and assault. These included a town hall that took place during the national Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April 2019 brought together administrators and students. In each of these efforts, she seeks to draw on her diverse social roles to engage a diverse portion of Sewanee’s campus community in order to foster a mutual understanding across difficult social divides.
Growing up, I was taught that everyone deserves to be treated with respect, dignity, kindness, and empathy no matter who they are or where they come from. To me, this seemed so simple and universal. As I grew up, however, I was exposed to the reality that not everyone holds these values. I felt that since I’m afforded the privilege of higher education and belong to diverse campus groups, I am responsible to develop leadership skills to promote the values of inclusive community defined by respect, dignity, kindness, and empathy. I chose to come to Sewanee because of its small size and slogan of celebrating unity in diversity to my skills and as a great place to examine and support social justice. During my time at Sewanee, I’ve been able to develop programming to unify different groups through my involvement with the Women’s Center Activist Coalition, Greek Life, Student Government, and the Office of Civic Engagement. I wish to spend the rest of my time at Sewanee cultivate ways to lead more effectively, next year and beyond