CDIMA Student Assistants
Danielle A L Robinson
Danielle A L Robinson (she/her) is a rising filmmaker and international entertainment mogul. She is a photographer, videographer, content creator, writer, social media marketer, and communication strategist. Danielle is first-generation student who is a junior at the University of the District of Columbia, located in Washington, DC, in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Documentary & Film and Broadcast Journalism. She serves as the Vice President of Social Media for the Journalism Club, and student assistant in the Office of International Student Services and the Center for Diversity Inclusion and Multicultural Affairs. She is also an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and Women in Film (WIF). Danielle is passionate about capturing moments and sharing experiences through storytelling. Her goal is to educate the minds of younger and older folks alike, through documenting the hidden interactions and patterns of behavior that materialize via work and leisure, as well as capturing unique points of view through cultural and societal experiences globally. She is eager to learn about people, and hopes to share her experiences through movies, photographs, and writing.
Danielle looks forward to serving the UDC community as a student leader and as an assistant at CDIMA while she fosters growth in diversity and inclusion. She affirms that to be able to live, and not merely survive, she must be bold and attack her battles head on while being mindful that the outcomes may be ones that are undesired. According to Danielle, we should “Be twice as bold, but humble still.”
Breanna Champion (she/her/they) is a Black and Queer-identified, nontraditional student attending the University of the District of Columbia from Chicago. She has been organizing for Black liberation during the past seven years via decriminalization efforts, campaigns to raise the minimum wage, voter engagement, police de-militarization, and anti-torture organizing. Breanna is a part of the We Charge Genocide collective of organizers who fought and represented all young Black people tortured at the hands of the state by presenting a shadow report outlining such abuses at the United Nations to the 53rd session Committee Against Torture. Breanna is a member of the Black Youth Project 100, the on-campus organization The Alliance Group (TAG), and is an inaugural student assistant for The Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Affairs at UDC, which is currently studying psychology with the goal of becoming a Clinical Psychologist. Breanna is deeply passionate about moving our society beyond the gender binary, prison + police abolition, and healing by centering the Black radical tradition of organizing for freedom and liberation. Breanna envisions her research as combining these interests by uncovering how therapy for those most affected by mental health issues, Black queer, and non-binary youth, may be expanded and made accessible. They are excited to be working with the CDIMA and to be supporting our community’s students who are usually left on the fringes. Breanna, along with TAG, have successfully organized for campus-wide all-gender restrooms, and continues to push the UDC administration to provide a safer learning environment for all.
Alliah Wright (she/her) is an international student from the beautiful island of Jamaica. She attends the University of the District of Columbia, where she is pursuing a degree in Finance. Alliah is very passionate about the inclusion of international students on campus. In ensuring that International students are seen and heard, she assisted in the creation of the CDIMA Cultural Organization Council, where student leaders of all international student-affiliated organizations come together, organize, and develop ways in which they can bring awareness to the UDC community, as well as advocating for intersectionality.
Alliah serves as the Undergraduate Student Government Association President, advocating for students. In doing so, she has made it her duty to organize students to use their voices to create the change they want to see. As her tenure progresses, she intends to work with students and administration in making UDC progress.
Also, Alliah is the Co-President of Migration Matters, a student organization on campus that advocates for migrants, and providing awareness of migrant issues. Alliah aspires to be a serial entrepreneur, as well as a financial analyst, in the future. She will continue to help in establishing spaces on campus where historically marginalized individuals can use their voices to create the change they believe in. She plans to do so by creating more learning spaces around social justice, as well as continuing to organize students.
Shabre West (She/Her Pronouns) is a Black lesbian woman. She is currently attending the University of the District of Columbia pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She serves as the President of The Alliance Group (T.A.G), and is committed to finding resources for LGBTQ+ youth of color to help them navigate high chool and college. She is focused on changing the culture at UDC by making sure all students, regardless of sexual orientation, feel valued. Shabre believes no student should ever experience discrimination or negative behavior, regardless of their sexual orientation. Shabre has helped lead The Alliance Group (T.A.G) campaign with demands to ensure LGBTQ+/Non-binary students feel safe and affirmed.
Shabre serves as the The Alliance Group (T.A.G) representative of the CDIMA Cultural Organization Council, which consists of student organizations leaders coming together to share culture, build awareness and develop community towards shared experienced learning.
Shabre was accepted by the National HIV/AIDS awareness day as ambassador for Advocates for Youth, and also was accepted into the Youth Resource, August 2019- May 2020, which is a year-long development and leadership program designed by and for LGBTQ+ youth of color, including face-to-face training/webinars. In November 2020, Shabre served on Advocates for Youth’s Board of Directors.
Shabre is looking forward to continuing the shift in ensuring that UDC is an inclusive campus through hosting awareness days, developing LGBTQ+ inclusive policy recommendations and organizing students of all backgrounds.