Danielle Hudak ’12, ’15 was excited by the opportunity to learn on a new level at DelVal. A 2012 graduate in secondary education, Danielle chose DelVal for her graduate degree in large part due to her experience as an undergrad.

“I actually found out about the policy studies program while I was still a student here,” Danielle said. “That there is a graduate program that was tied to the liberal arts, which I so enjoy studying, and which has so many practical uses and opportunities for future employment was very exciting to me. I feel like this program opens up many doors.”

Incorporating her passion for the practicality and universality of liberal arts, Danielle was drawn to the complexity of policy studies.

“I want to deepen my understanding of how policy is formulated and enacted, as well as my knowledge of the political and economic processes by which development occurs,” Danielle said.

Danielle attributes the person she is today to her family: her mother, father, sister, grandparents, aunts and uncles. She credits her professors for guiding her in her academic career and inspiring her to pursue additional education at the graduate level.

“Dr. [Tanya] Casas and Dr. [David] Snyder have been instrumental to my undergraduate career, and they continue to guide and support me in the policy studies program,” she said. “They also use their professional experience and knowledge in the classroom to explain certain concepts to us in a manner that goes beyond mere ‘textbook learning’ and makes our experience as a student far more meaningful.”

Danielle is a past recipient of the Founder’s Day Departmental Achievement Award, the College Scholar’s Award and graduated from DelVal Summa Cum Laude.

A bit unsure of her post-graduation goals, Danielle is interested in pursuing a doctoral degree, returning to teaching or working in the non-profit sector.

“I ultimately aspire to use the knowledge that I gain through this program to help others.”