LSA is excited to welcome Danielle Steinwart and Nura Zaki to the LSA team. Danielle and Nura join us as part of the 2016 Valparaiso University's Calling and Purpose in Society (CAPS) Fellows Program Internship which prepares students for lives of leadership and service through intensive experiential learning opportunities. Danielle received her degree in Creative Writing with a Humanities minor this summer and will work with the marketing and development departments to improve communication and funding strategies that showcase the work of LSA and its members. Nura, a rising senior in Political Science with a concentration in Legal Studies, will work with the member engagement team to quantify the impact of the LSA network across the US and with the director of advocacy and public policy to follow and analyze an array of health and human services policy issues for the LSA network.
Danielle Steinwart brings diverse talents to the LSA team; from remarkable writing and communication skills to experience giving back to the community. She has explored leadership, diversity and service by going on four mission trips to El Paso and New Orleans, volunteering to help veterans and the homeless, and participating in many service activities through her church’s youth group. Danielle is also an avid traveler and enjoys teaching music, tutoring young adults and has a passion for service and stewardship. She is known for her teamwork, inclusiveness and leadership, and wants to use her talents to cultivate tolerant, safe, and flourishing communities. Danielle will work on marketing, communication, development and fundraising efforts that include measuring, researching and improving LSA’s marketing and development strategies, writing compelling content for multiple initiatives across various marketing channels, managing the monthly marketing report, actively contributing to social media, and more.
Nura Zaki is described as an exceptional leader by the Valparaiso University community. From serving in the Student Senate, the Student Advisory Board and the Social Action Leadership Team (SALT), Nura has demonstrated outstanding management and collaboration skills. She aspires to become a lawyer and represent underserved populations to advocate for a more just world. She is particularly interested in restorative justice and the component of healing.Her experience at the Environmental Justice Alliance of the Greater Southeast, a youth center founded by her parents, the South Chicago History Project, an anthropology project with the Field Museum, and her calling to “do what is right and just through the lens of [her] faith as a Christian,” has led her to the CAPS fellowship. Nura will work on a portfolio of health and human services policy issues such as senior housing, youth in foster care, and human trafficking by compiling news reports, attending congressional hearings, and providing analysis of bills and legislation, among other tasks. She will also help capture the impact of the LSA network on a national scale by identifying, analyzing, researching and presenting statistics and information regarding services LSA members provide.
LSA is extremely happy to provide Nura and Danielle with the opportunity to learn first-hand how LSA champions Lutheran social ministry by building valuable connections, amplifying our voices and empowering our members in their mission to answer God's call to love and serve our neighbor.