Peggy J. Koenig ’78 Associate Dean of Students for Student Empowerment, Director of First-Generation & Low-Income Student Support
Dannemart Pierre is an educator, life-long learner, and lover of humans and culture. Her vision for a just and equitable higher education experience stems from her own background as a first-generation, low-income college student who immigrated to the United States from Haiti. The opportunity to lead the Kessler Presidential Scholars Program at Cornell University is the fulfillment of that vision. With nearly 15 years as a higher education professional, Dannemart has served in directorship roles for multicultural student programs, first-year and transfer support, mentoring, and academic student advising. Dannemart earned a B.S. in Organizational Management and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. In her spare time, Dannemart works to advance women in leadership through involvement in various organizations. She also serves as a consultant and diversity coach, designing transformative experiences that facilitate critical understanding and intentional conversations on equity, inclusion, and racial identity development. Her joys include her puppy, Oreo, caring for her plants, and producing her podcast. Dannemart is eager to support and empower our first-generation and low-income students at Cornell.