Davina Anderson – BA Double Major Political Science and American Studies, Psychology Minor (Pace University)
Objectives as a Student: At a young age Davina witnessed firsthand how differences in environment can determine the outcome of one’s life. While living in a comfortable neighborhood on Long Island and going to visit her grandmother in Brooklyn on weekends, Davina observed horrible and unfair disadvantages her friends dealt with on a daily basis. Not only did she see vast differences, she herself, was subjected to the harsh realities of racism at a very young age. Davina plans to go to law school where she can advocate for youth and disadvantaged people who strive for better opportunities but have limited resources to do so.
Artivism: Davina volunteers weekly at a youth empowerment organization called The Door, where she helps tutor New York City youth. While there, Davina works one on one with various students who needs more assistance and guidance in passing NY Regents Exams.
She is also currently assisting a book project with Pace University’s Chair of the Political Science Department, Dr. Christopher Malone and Professor George Martinez titled, “The Organic Globalizer;“ a collection of critical essays which taking the position that Hip Hop holds political significance; through an understanding of its ability to at once raise cultural awareness, expand civil society’s focus on social and economic justice through institution building, and engage in political activism and participation.
Davina also works for Pace University’s Office of Housing and Residential Life as a Senior Desk Attendant where she helps supervise three community desks and a mail room that serves 2,200 undergraduate students. She is also responsible for hiring and training approximately 70 Desk Attendants on a semester basis. While working to ensure efficiency of the community desks and mail room, Davina still finds time to work as a Human Resources Assistant for Battery Park City Authority. There, she maintains and compiles confidential employee information and serves as liaison to the Senior Vice President and Employee Relations Coordinator.
Davina Anderson is a hardworking and determined individual who does not seem to take no for an answer when it comes to her passions and dreams. As an undergraduate student, Davina studies constitutional law and civil rights, race and political development, and psychology to help her work towards a career in law. Due to her academic and leadership potential, Davina has been inducted into numerous honor societies and programs including the National Society of Leadership and Success, Alpha Chi Honor Society, and the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Society of Fellows.