• Shrina Patel

Staff Highlight: Danielle Kenny

Danielle is our Program Coordinator and part of the Workforce Development team. She joined us at the house three weeks ago and is grateful to have the opportunity to work with a forward-thinking, supportive agency. In honor of Black History Month, she shares with us the impact Black History has had on her life.


Headshot of Danielle Kenny, a black female

What is your favorite part of your experience with Association House of Chicago?

Well, I’m a new employee and have just completed 2 weeks here! I can honestly say so far so good! I’m enjoying learning the culture of AHC the versatility of being able to work virtually. I’m grateful for having the opportunity to work with a forward-thinking, supportive agency that realizes employees are their greatest asset and for working collaboratively with my co-workers to achieve successful outcomes.


Is there a comment in Black History that shaped your career and life?

Absolutely! In 2004, my whole life changed! I along with over 9 million other viewers witnessed President Barack Obama, then Senator Obama, deliver the Democratic National Convention keynote address. It was my first time learning about him! I was deeply moved and in awe by his rousing message. In this historical exordium, I followed his words closely as he spoke about “hope”. His message of “hope” awakened something inside of me and inspired me to want more out of life, to want a better way of life, a better job and to want to be more responsible as a leader. This exceptional speech encouraged me, an adult and full-time employee, to continue my education which led me to matriculate that very year thru 2006 and successfully achieving the degree of Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management at Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH.


What is your favorite piece of Black Culture (TV, Movies, Music, Art, Books, Businesses, etc.) to consume?

My favorite types of Black Culture are paintings, photos, and sculptures. I’m fond of the photo works of James Van Der Zee. (1886 – 1983) Van Der Zee was noted for his photo pictures of capturing the imagery of Black New Yorkers and portraits of well- known celebrities during the Harlem Renaissance era. I also like Jacob Lawrence, a visionary artist, particularly his works of the “The Migration of the Negro” series (1940–41) which depicts the Depression-era flight of Black southerners to northern states. It’s very emotional. I admire the good works of Augusta Savage (1892 – 1962). Savage was a sculpture and teacher and was also associated with the Harlem Renaissance era. Additionally, she was involved with advocating for equal rights for African Americans in the arts.