Danielle Martinez
2021 First-Gen at Iowa Award Recipient

Award for Outstanding First-Generation Student Advocacy

Danielle Martinez serves as the Director of Student Retention within Academic Support and Retention at the University of Iowa. She has a Master of Science degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Public Relations from Central Washington University. In her role in Academic Support and Retention, Danielle coordinates campus-wide early intervention and student success initiatives, but she also provides support, guidance, and mentorship to undergraduate students. Prior to joining the Academic Support and Retention team, Danielle worked in Diversity and Social Justice Programs, Housing and Residence Life, and Student Success Programs at several institutions, including Colorado State University, the University of San Francisco, DePaul University, and the University of Iowa. She is particularly interested in student retention, intersections of social justice, identity formation, and practical application. Danielle has facilitated workshops and trainings for various institutions and organizations. She continuously provides support and empowers people through individualized assistance, while fostering systematic changes to create safe and equitable spaces for historically marginalized populations.

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