With her artistic background, Denise aims to incorporate art as a tool to communicate and educate in her cultural studies both in the U.S. and abroad. Denise has successfully led after-school art programs at the Jackie Robinson Foundation, created an 8-week art program through the Rikers Island Department of Corrections for incarcerated youth ages 16-21, and spent time with the NYC Park and Recreation program at the Hegemon Center in East New York creating artwork with the young women, ages 16-21, as a way to communicate and encourage confidence building. These efforts have continued Denise’s drive to use art as a way to engage and heal in her community and beyond.

“I found my area of concentration in the religion and art history department, leading me to meaningful direction and goals within these programs. I believe I am a woman who, with the aid and guidance of a college degree, will make a difference in the humanities and education sectors in the world.”