Two Student Interns Welcomed by the John Perkins Center at SPU


At the beginning of Spring Quarter, two new student interns were welcomed by the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development at Seattle Pacific University.


Although the Perkins Center works with numerous students leaders in Urban Involvement, Latreia, SPRINT, and CityQuest, these two students will be focused on learning more about the many reconciliation efforts of the center.

Sherry DanzaSherry Danza, who’s featured in Taking Radical Reconciliation Behind Bars, is a senior at Seattle Pacific University. The theology major first attended Highline Community College, where she completed the A.A.S. degree in business.


After completing that degree Danza decided that SPU would provide an environment in which she could explore what it means to be a Christian.


Prior to returning to school, she worked in human resources and was an office manager for Serviair at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport. A non-traditional student with a long work history, one of her favorite experiences was working for Smiles Forever, a nonprofit, where she did fundraising and volunteer management. The organization established dental hygiene schools in Bolivia, South America.


A doting grandmother, Sherry has black belt in the Hapkido, the Korean-style martial arts. A martial arts enthusiast, she has created an international marketing program for Hapkido books written by Master Hui Choe. She has two daughters and four grandchildren. When not studying or doing prison ministry, Sherry enjoys working in the garden with her grandchildren.


Schanayde “Shanae” Bigony Schanayde “Shanae” Bigony is a sophomore at Shorecrest High School, in Shoreline, Washington. Born and raised in Seattle, Bigony's cultural heritage combines German, Taiwanese, and North American roots.


She explains, “On a daily basis, I make transitions between two cultures, in our home and then in a suburban high school with all its subcultures. These kinds of experiences illuminate my still formative thoughts on race, culture, and the world. What I find most interesting about the John Perkins Center, and their efforts, is that the staff openly deal with racial issues. Volunteering for the Perkins Center has provided me with a chance to work where my skills and interests intersect.”


Bigony will work with Max Hunter to advance the Center’s social networking efforts and enhancing their cyberspace presence.


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