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Dr. Lynette L. Danley is, a cultural educational consultant and adjunct professor for the American College of Education, Concordia University - River Forest Campus, and at DePaul University- Lincoln Park Campus. Dr. Danley is a proud mother of a son, Julian, who is a 6th grade student at Living Word Christian Academy. As a scholar, her research includes the examining factors that aid or impede the mobility of Black girls and women throughout the educational pipeline.  As a teacher/ mentor to undergraduate and graduate students, she focuses on her students understanding and grasping the importance of the Curriculum and Instruction of the Educational Policy Studies.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois she attended elementary and high school in the Chicago Public School (CPS) system and after earning several degrees, she felt it necessary to relocate back to Chicago to give back to CPS. She believes that partnerships between students, teachers, administrators, parents and postsecondary institutions are one way to identify and address the challenges that Black girls face in schools and society.

In addition, Dr. Danley is an educational Co-Chair for Senator Kimberly A. Lightford, 4th District, works with Jump Start at Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, a volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club in Maywood, Illinois where she works with over 100 Black youth on self-esteem, cultural identity, literacy developments, civic engagement and reclaiming our schools and communities and a teacher at the Michael Barlow Center.   Dr. Danley is an active educational advocate with the St. Leonard’s Ministries, which has a re-entry program for people who were previously incarcerated. Through the program they are able to earn their high school diplomas with the option after completion to attend an institution of higher learning

Dr. Danley speaks across the country, with lectures and workshops spotlighting the diverse experiences of Black girls and women, primarily focused on Black girls at the Secondary Education level. . Her workshops cover a range of topics including Black history, resiliency, activism, cultural awareness, and the impact of media messages.  Dr. Darnley’s passionate message of college preparation, self-love, respect for community by service and self-respect will lay the foundations for students to reclaim both individual and collective strength associated with being Black and female. She utilizes her talents through storytelling, as well as other various forms of the arts and crafts that facilitate the students to learn self-empowerment. As a researcher, Dr. Danely has familiarity with statistical data that is gathered from various cities, states and national organizations that allows her to support and speak to her students needs on an organic and holistic level. Her mission is to reinforce as a fact that Black girls D.N.A. (Destiny Never Abandons) is ever- present and one must do so by “Empowering Black girls and women to live their Legacies”.

Symone L. Simmons is a current doctoral student in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago.  She is also a graduate assistant in the Division of Student Development at Loyola, primarily focused on assessment and student success. Symone’s interests and passions include working with and researching students from populations underrepresented in higher education; particularly students who identify as multicultural, LGBTQIA, low-income, and first-generation.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology from Iowa State University.  After completing her masters degree, Symone worked in the Office of Admissions at Iowa State University with an emphasis on multicultural recruitment. Over the past few years, she has worked with programs specifically designed for students in Iowa and Georgia; elementary – graduate school.  Some of the goals of the programs were educating students about, providing resources for and increasing enrollment of underrepresented students moving through the educational pipeline, including graduate and professional school.

Symone is originally from Chicago Heights, IL. She is the eldest of three and the first in her family to complete college. Symone identifies as a lesbian and is happily married to her lovely wife, Danielle. They have a 17 month old puppy named Drake, whom they adore. 




Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dr. Danielle Simmons is a counselor at Northern Illinois University’s Counseling & Student Development Center.  She earned her BS in Psychology at NIU and earned her MS in Psychology and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University. Dr. Simmons enjoys working with diverse student populations clinically and when conducting research. Her doctoral dissertation explores the experiences of upwardly mobile African American women and ways that their change in social and financial status impacts their relationships with members of their family origin.