Denzel Degollado ‘19 has received a fellowship through the Newman’s Own Foundation. He is placed at one of the Foundation’s grantees, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), a non-governmental organization based in New York City. In the position, he is working with the development team to design and implement a strategy to grow the organization’s donor base, as well as assist in prospect research and grant writing. He also takes part in the planning of that inaugural World Poverty Forum that will be held in Kenya in January.
“The World Poverty Forum is a rare and revolutionary example of a development conference that will give a real voice to the poorest so they can co-create solutions to their own problems,” says the International Relations and French and Francophone Studies double major. “It will bring together leading politicians, CEOs, NGO leaders, entrepreneurs and thinkers, with community leaders who deliver solutions on the front line of global poverty.”
Degollado says his academic and non-academic activities, including the communication skills that he developed on campus prepared him for the job at SHOFCO, which works to “catalyze large-scale transformation in urban slums by providing critical services for all, community advocacy platforms, and education and leadership development for women and girls.”
He credits Professor of Political Science Kevin Dunn’s course “Theories of International Relations” with helping him to “understand how the effects of colonization and post-World War II institutions shaped the current situation in Africa, as well as how it influences modern approaches to international development.”
At HWS, Degollado worked in the Office of Advancement, serving as a tri-chair of the Stewardson Society, the senior giving organization on campus. He also was a Druid, Posse Scholar, Theme House Manager, Peer Conduct Mentor, and member of the HWS Judicial Board and the Campus Activities Board.
In the photo above, Denzel Degollado ’19 stands with other Newman’s Own Foundation fellows in New York City. He is the sixth person from the right.