Danielle Morgan Acosta, Ph.D.

Danielle Morgan Acosta
  • Danielle Morgan Acosta, Ph.D.
  • Associate Dean for Student Success, Student Engagement & Belonging
  • Phone: 1-508-793-7423
  • Email: dacosta@clarku.edu

Danielle Morgan Acosta (she/her/hers) returned to Clark University in July 2020 and serves as the Associate Dean of Students for Student Engagement & Belonging, focused on supporting students loving and making meaning of their Clark experience. Previously, Danielle served as the Interim-Director of Student Engagement and Director of Student Governance & Advocacy at Florida State University, where she supported student government, the six largest identity-based student unions, the Allies & Safe Zones program, Welcome Week, Homecoming, Senior Sendoff, and the strategic vision and crafting of a vibrant and inclusive undergraduate and graduate student experience. Before moving to Florida, Danielle worked for Residence Life at Salem State University, supporting student leadership development, weekend programming, and the first-year experience.

Danielle received her Ph.D from Florida State University, where she conducted a phenomenological exploration of how undergraduate student leadership is influenced by divorce during childhood. Danielle received her M.Ed. from Salem State University. A two-time, first-generation Clark alum, Danielle received her B.A. in History with a concentration in Law & Society, and MAT as part of the 5th Year free program, completing her student-teaching at South High. Danielle has taught undergraduate courses in leadership and change, prepared dozens of trainings regarding leadership, inclusion, systemic change, student voice, is a trained as a National Coalition Building Institute facilitator, and serves as faculty for the ACPA Emerging Leaders Institute.

Danielle is an active leader in ACPA, a professional association committed to racial justice, decolonization, and boldly transforming higher education, and completed her third three-year term on the Governing Board serving as the President 2021-2022. Originally from California, she is passionate about leadership, equity, the student experience, cooking, coffee, the ocean, exploring new places, eating local, and taking her dog on walks around Worcester.

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