Danielle Breidung ’13 Named Lowcountry Emerging Leader
The Islands Society named Danielle Breidung, a 2013 graduate of Washington and Lee University, as its inaugural Lowcountry Emerging Leader by its constituent society for the Lowcountry — the Sea Islands Society. She received the award based on her focus on empowering local communities in the Lowcountry through collaborations with human services and other organizations in South Carolina.
Danielle is a program coordinator for the Lowcountry Area Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Coalition and a civic engagement coordinator on the University of South Carolina’s Beaufort campus. Her previous work experience includes expanding economic opportunities available to small agricultural cooperatives in the Brazilian Amazon.
At W&L, Danielle majored in sociology and anthropology, with minors in environmental studies and poverty and human capability studies. She was the first student to earn a Certificate of International Immersion, which is awarded to students who demonstrate significant commitment to and understanding of global interaction. She also initiated the program Lazos Más Fuertes, supported by Campus Kitchen at W&L and ESOL, which organized dinners to bring together Spanish-speaking adults and children with English-speaking individuals in the Rockbridge area and helped coordinate tutoring.
Last year, she received her master’s in education in higher education from Loyola University.
You can read a Q&A with Danielle on the Islands Society website.