Meet Our Professional Homegirl of the Week: Danielle R. Sims

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 1. Social Handles

  • Personal: Instagram @Chloefresh      Facebook: Danielle R. Sims

2. What do you do?

Chief Diversity Officer for Jefferson Community and Technical College

3. What motivates you?

I am motivated by seeing people who look like me follow their dreams and change the trajectory of their life through education. Education is one of the few things in this world that once you have it, it’s can never be taken away. I love to see people WIN, especially people who look like me. I get to make sure that all students under my leadership have an educational experience that is inclusive and prepares them to culturally competent professionals.

4. How do you balance between your career, side hustles, and your social life?

My motto is that there is no such thing as “work-life balance”. You have to find what works for YOU. I am passionate about what I do and would do it for free if I could still afford Chanel bags and nice trips lol, so it doesn’t feel like work (most days) It feels like a calling. This is what I was born to do. However, I have a wonderful fiancé that is great a reminding me to take a moment, hop on a plane, and take a vacay.

5. What does Professional Homegirl means to you?

To me the Professional Homegirl is what DuBois talked about in The Souls of Black Folks when he introduced the concept of duality. I would argue that Black women have to be a trifecta…fully Black, fully woman, fully American. It is about being able to move in different crowds and still fit in. Walking among queens and not losing your common touch. The Professional Homegirl is the chick  LL Cool J was rapping about in Around the Way Girl.

6.What advice would you give to young women who want to pursue their dreams?

Be unapologetic about your goals. Be selfish…I know that sounds crazy but, as Black women we take care of everybody around us except ourselves.