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Leading up to the graduation of our 2017 fellows, we will be introducing you to members of the 2017 class. Let's get to know Danielle Powell.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I proudly call Omaha home after relocating here nine years ago. As a college-motivated transplant, my first engagement with the city began by building relationships and sharing resources with the house-less community. Today, I organize and host the only recurring event catered to queer women. That event, "REVEL," was created as a direct response to an absence of safe spaces for the lesbian demographic. During business hours, I work alongside recipients and providers of health care insurance. Additionally, I serve as a liaison to the community in various capacities. My current activism takes shape through organizing and facilitating dialogue and action surrounding race, LGBTQIA+ and women's issues.
What attracted you to the New Leaders Council?
The caliber of people who are previous fellows, really caught my attention. Their passions, accomplishments, and impact on the Omaha community was a huge indicator of the institute's success.
What have you gotten out of the fellowship?
First and foremost, I have made friendships. Along that line, I have also developed a very supportive and connected network.
Why do you love Omaha?
I love Omaha because in your day-to-day life, you are likely to brush shoulders with excellence. The size of our city allows for various walks of life to intersect more organically. I believe this allows for more collaborative efforts, and those efforts can be more comprehensive due to diversity of influence. I am excited to see the things I love get even better!
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