Danielle “Dani” Purkey

Hometown: Lake Orion, Michigan
Major(s): CES and Religion
Minor/Concentration: Women, Gender and Sexuality
Study Abroad/Study Away: Varanasi, India
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate with Peanut Butter
Best Adjective to Describe You: Perky?

In 15 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
CES teaches you how to use your superpowers, who doesn’t want superpowers?

What initially drew you to this department? What keeps you coming back?
My advisor suggested that I take Dr. G’s “Language” class and I found myself thinking in ways that I had never thought before.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Decolonizing your mind takes time, don’t be intimidated by the process.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
CES has changed the way I relate to the world around me. As a student of religion, CES has given me the language to articulate the complexities surrounding my studies and ways to negotiate with the imperial and colonial practices inherent in my field.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Confusion is okay, it means you are learning to think in new ways.

What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
“Insurgency and Solidarity” because my brain exploded.

What is your SIP?
I am looking at “spiritual tourism” in Kathmandu, Nepal and how this relates to the commodification of religion and globalization.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I want to learn Nepali, and pursue my PhD in Religion.

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