About Me

I am a first-year student and Critical Theory & Social Justice major at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Now an aspiring immigration attorney, I have been engaged with immigrant advocacy since February 2016, when I had the opportunity to camp on the U.S.-Mexico border with a class group for ten days. Following that experience, I began interning with an immigration law firm in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado, and I have been working in the field of legal advocacy ever since.

Beyond community engagement and social justice, my passions include visual arts, queer culture, creative writing, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.











 Curriculum Vitae 

Education

Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Expected graduation 2023
Bachelor of Arts, Critical Theory & Social Justice
GPA: 3.92/4.0

Politics and Interdisciplinary Writing Double-Minor

Dean's List
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
Trustee Scholarship
2019-2023

Watershed School, Boulder, CO

Graduated May 2019
High School Diploma
GPA: 4.0/4.0

Legal Advocacy, Policy, & Social Justice

The Lawyer Lady, LLC, Longmont, CO

Summer 2019, Dec. 2019, Summer 2020
Legal Assistant & Consultant
  • Research case law and country conditions; draft and proofread legal briefs; aid in case strategy formation
  • Assist clients during trial preparation, including direct- and cross-examination practice; attend court hearings

AsylumConnect

May 2020 - Present
Data Entry & Outreach Coordinator
  • Maintain and expand resource catalog for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers; verify new organizations
  • Aid in the catalog's international expansion through outreach to organizations in Mexico as well as the U.S.

Murad and Murad, P.C., Boulder, CO

June 2018 - April 2019
Legal Intern
  • Researched case law and country conditions; drafted and proofread legal briefs; performed clerical tasks
  • Conducted client communications entirely in Spanish, including court preparation meetings and translation tasks
  • Engaged with and studied various aspects of immigration law; attended court hearings and client consultations

Environmental and Human Impact Study, Proposed U.S.-Mexico Border Wall

February - April 2016
Executive Editor, Researcher, & Contributor
  • Composed abstract, introduction, and push-pull analysis of motivating factors for immigration from Mexico to the United States
  • Edited and compiled all sections of the 58-page report and coordinated research among 15 other contributors
  • Presented the report to Colorado Representative Jared Polis along with a small number of other students

Education & Outreach

Community Partnership for Education and Empowerment, Pasadena, CA

September 2019 - March 2020
Workshop Facilitator
  • Design and facilitate English language workshops for day laborers, recent imigrants, and migrant worker populations at the Pasadena Community Job Center
  • Cultivate relationships using the popular education model
  • Verify new organizations and ensure that the catalog's contents remain up-to-date

Peer Health Exchange, Los Angeles, CA

September 2019 - January 2020
Workshop Facilitator
  • Facilitate weekly health education instruction for a class of twenty ninth-grade students at Mendez High School
  • Engage students with curriculum about mental, emotional, physical, and sexual health

The Politics of Asylum and Language Immersion, Boulder, CO & Xela, Guatemala

April - May 2019
Teaching Assistant for Watershed School Course
  • Created and executed lessons for 13 high-school students about social, legal, and political factors of immigration
  • Connected with and organized contact with local organizations such as refugee resettlement agencies and immigrant advocacy organizations
  • Instructed and coordinated students for 14 days in country

Writing & Journalism

Occidental College Writing Center, Los Angeles, CA

August 2020 - May 2021
Writing Adviser
  • Tutor students in essay-writing
  • Facilitate in-class workshops for first-year students on writing and research

Student Newspaper: The Watermark , Watershed School

September 2017 - May 2019
Co-Founder, Executive Editor, Reporter
  • Recruited, trained, lead, and collaborated with staff of ten students to create school newspaper
  • Wrote, curated, and edited articles
  • Designed and created website and print layout for quarterly publication

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

2018
National Silver Medalist & Regional Gold Key Recipient in Poetry

Awards received for original poetry collection: Disorganized Religion

Creative Writing Portfolio

2014 - Present
daniellecookewrites.com








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