Field Ed Profile: Danielle Williams-Thiam at CONNECT Faith

Field education at Union provides an opportunity for students to bring together their education, skill, and religious commitment in a way that can help them discover their call. Students do their field work in a wide variety of locations, from churches to shelters to non-profit organizations.
This week, we spoke with Danielle Williams-Thiam, a second-year M.Div. student, who is doing her field placement at CONNECT Faith.
Danielle Williams-Thiam ’20
What is your field site and what do you do there?
My field site is CONNECT NYC in Harlem, just off 127th Street and Lenox Avenue. CONNECT is a training, education, and advocacy nonprofit dedicated to preventing interpersonal violence and promoting gender justice. Our mission is to create safe families and communities by transforming beliefs, behaviors, and institutions that perpetuate violence. We equip community leaders, service providers, healthcare professionals, educators, faith leaders, and youth to understand intimate partner violence (IPV), prevent it, and develop culturally relevant responses to survivors’ needs. Our holistic approach includes Women’s Empowerment Circles, Men’s Roundtable, healing and wellness programs, youth programming, community dialogues, trainings, and legal advocacy.
My work is specifically at a CONNECT program called CONNECT Faith that equips congregations from multiple traditions to prevent and eliminate family violence. CONNECT Faith provides customized trainings for congregations and helps them establish ministries to address IPV. We hold Faith Roundtables once a month with leaders that come together to discuss and reflect on our collective efforts to eradicate IPV. As an intern, my primary project this year is working with leaders from the

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