Danielle Shields, Criminal Justice, Rutgers University
As a graduate student at Rutgers University, Danielle’s research is dedicated to LGBTQ issues in the criminal justice system. Her work involves understanding LGBTQ youth experiences with adversity as well as the relationships between the LGBTQ community and local law enforcement agencies. She was also recently elected by the Newark mayor onto the City of Newark’s LGBTQ Advisory Commission to work toward improving the lives of LGBTQ citizens in Newark. As a scholar-activist, Danielle is determined to make a difference in the criminal justice system and increase awareness about the LGBTQ community.