Danielle Bradley graduatied with a Peace and Justice concentration in addition to her major in Political Science and minors in Africana Studies and Public Service & Administration.
Her academic achievements reflected a deep commitment to thinking critically about the world. They were summed up well by her unconventional choice to study abroad in the fall of her senior year. Danielle studied in Morocco in a program focused on migration and transnational identity. While there, she researched an impressive paper on the intersection of Christianity and migration, focusing specifically on connections between colonialism, humanitarian aide, and Islam.
The story of Danielle's PJ work at Villanova began early as a member of the Caritas Learning Community for freshmen. She went on to participate in the Service Learning Community for the rest of her time here, including as a co-chair of the entire Community, running all of its major events. In connection to SLC, Danielle was selected to attend a conference in St. Louis to learn more about facilitation and poverty simulations.
During Spring 2017, Danielle was one of just a few students who accepted the invitation to get involved in a pilot program to receive training and direct experience with community organizing in the greater Philadelphia region. As the leader of a student campaign for economic dignity, Danielle organized undergraduates from Villanova, St. Joe's, LaSalle, and Cabrini around just wage issues and ultimately conducted a research action meeting with a Philadelphia City Councilman.
Off campus, she has also participated in Just Advocacy Week with the Catholic social justice lobby NETWORK. And for the last two summers Danielle served with the LeaderworX program at the Center for Faith & Justice. As a LeaderworX counselor, she served high school students, teaching Catholic Social Teaching, facilitating dialogue, doing privilege walks, coordinating social action, and more. Danielle has remarked how she would challenge the students to go beyond expressing gratitude for the experience and ask them to talk honestly about the racial injustices they saw, to analyze systemized segregation, to imagine a world truly committed to community, and to inspire them to become activists for such a world. Danielle is not only a student of peace and justice education but a teacher of it as well. And we couldn't be more proud.
Next year Danielle will be teaching in China and continuing to discern a future involving education, community organizing, and lobbying for social justice.