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Danyelle R. Carter C'2017: A Women and Girls Activist

April 2017

Danyelle Carter Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activist Danyelle R. Carter is a graduating senior who is studying comparative women's studies with a concentration in girls. During her time at Spelman, the Miami resident and Bahamian citizen, served as president of the Black Public Relations Student Society, and campus leader for the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up Initiative, and a Women of Excellence participant.   

Named the HBCU Female Student of the Year by HBCU Digest, she became the first woman to rank no. 1 on the 2015 HBCU Buzz's Top 30 Under 30. She was also named the Black Women's Blueprint's 2016 grand prize winner in the #BrokenSilence Student Activism Contest in 2016.

Making An Impact on Capitol Hill: From Fellow to Press Assistant

Carter's introduction and passion for public policy began when she first met Florida Senator Frederica S. Wilson. Carter says Senator Wilson empowered her when she spoke to a group of students to find a cause they cared about and work passionately to serve the people it impacts. Since then, Carter has served on student leadership and community volunteer teams for education, immigration and efforts that increase support for women and girls. 

Volunteering and Interning to Give Back, Gain Experience and Fulfill her Dream

A committed community advocate, Carter volunteered on former Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards's Senate campaign, curated press clips, canvassed and phone banking, and worked with the National Organization of Black Legislative Women. For this project, she created a media list, drafted invitation letters, press releases, media advisories, managed social media and live streaming efforts.

Soaring On Her Own: A Dream Fulfilled

Today, Carter serves as founder and principal of "Her Communications Agency," a think tank committed to advancing the lives of women and girls. A key part of the agency's mission is to offer empowerment along with scholarly resources that gives women and girls the inspiring combination of support Carter found in Spelman's Women's Research and Resource Center.

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