As an alumnus of the SUNY Buffalo State HESAA program, you are part of a network of approximately 1,800 individuals who are making a difference around the world in the field of higher education. We hope you will stay connected to us by attending events, being mentors to current students, and spreading the word about your experience in the program.
This month’s Alumni Spotlight is Danielle Johnson, PhD.. Read below to learn about what Danielle's been up to since graduating from SPA in 2004 !!!
Dr. Danielle Johnson is a new adjunct faculty member in Buffalo State’s Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration Program, where she is teaching Student Development & Learning in spring 2020. Additionally, Danielle serves as the senior advisor/coordinator of the Daniel Acker Scholars Program at the University at Buffalo, where she provides individualized advising, coordinates community service projects, and helps her students to prepare for next steps after graduation in applying to graduate school or entering the competitive work force.
Two moments stand out as distinctly impactful as a student in the HESAA (previously Student Personnel Administration Program). The first moment was in discovering her love for theory while taking the Student Development & Learning course in fall 2003. While in the course, not only was Danielle inspired to learn about research from a theoretical perspective, but learned how theory has an impact on every aspect of our work as professionals in higher education and student affairs, The second moment was being recommended by Dr. Richard Herdlein to serve as the Graduate Assistant/Interim Director for the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at Buffalo State College, where she worked with the Program Director. Danielle was elated and honored to have been recommended by Dr. Herdlein, knowing how deliberate and thoughtful he was in recommending students for opportunities. Within this position, Danielle learned so much about grant writing, administrative responsibilities, and how to establish and maintain long-term advising and mentoring relationships with students, all of which prepared her for the position that she currently holds at the University at Buffalo.
Outside of her teaching and professional capacities, Danielle serves as the co-chair of the Buffalo Common Council Police Advisory Board, which offers policy recommendations and supports residents in expressing their thoughts and experiences around policing in Buffalo, and also serves on the Board of Directors for Open Buffalo, a non-profit organization that works toward racial, economic and ecological justice. Danielle also serves as assistant moderator of her church, Pilgrim St. Luke’s United Church of Christ.
“Through the HESAA program I was able to learn and grow into a competent, confident professional. The skills and connections I made have been invaluable in my career and form the basis for how I work with students.” - Daniel Islam Class of 2016
“I’m really glad I chose the program and the non-cohort style allowed me a flexibility and diversity of learning that I appreciate so much. Like anything else, grad school is really what you make of it, but I was able to gain experiences that I think really elevated my options when job searching and helped me to stand out in applicant pools.” Julia Strada Class of 2018
“My ability to work a graduate assistantship, as well as, multiple internships and an Independent Study helped me not only learn the field but meet so many amazing colleagues and friends. The program gave me the confidence to not sit back but to push forward with my professional development and to never let anything or anyone hold me back!” Laura Dulski Class of 2011
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