Student Spotlight: Miigwanikwe, Danielle Grover
Name: Danielle Grover- Miigwanikwe
Major: Bachelor’s degree in Human Services
Primary Site: Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College Main Campus
I am an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe tribe. Born and raised here, I have lived on t
he reservation for the majority of my life. I graduated from LCOOC in 2010 with an associate’s for Medical Assistant.
I have made the choice to further my education and to continue on the journey to help our people. I am 40 years old I have one child, who is 16 years old. Isabelle (Asiniiwaabiikwe) is a junior at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe.
Why did you decide to pursue a college degree with Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College and how is different from other college options?
I decided to pursue a college degree with Lac Courte Oreilles because I am familiar with the education it provides. Lac Courte Oreilles College provides you with the knowledge you need to be successful and also the knowledge of Ojibwe culture, language, and customs.
What has been your favorite class so far?
My favorite class so far would be Intro to Sociology. It is very interesting to learn about society and social interactions. The debates we have in class are fun and interesting, makes you think of the subject from a different perspective. Jim is also a great teacher.
Do you participate in Student Organizations and Why is it important to participate?
I am Co-President of the Student Senate. I joined the Student Senate in hopes of creating a stronger bond between faculty and student body. During this challenging time in our lives, I want to show support to the students and help where I can. I am very grateful for all our amazing leaders we already have at the college and want to thank them for all the support they have shown us as the Student Senate.
What advice would you offer to anyone thinking of attending college?
The advice I would give to anyone undecided about college: “Just do it!” Knowledge is power and Lac Courte Oreilles College provides a wide range of studies. After I complete my degree I hope to work within the community with youth or young adults who may have suffered traumatic loss or mental health issues.
What does it mean to you to attend college in our local community?
It means a lot to me to be able to have all of this offered to us right at home. It shows how much the community cares about the future of not only our people but people of all races and backgrounds.
Being able to attend a Tribal College gives me great pride. Our people have overcome so many obstacles and been through so much trauma. It shows the resilience and strength we have to move forward and what we need to do to become successful.