Higher Education Research Analyst
As a higher education research analyst, Denzel analyzes national datasets to better understand and present socioeconomic and racial patterns in postsecondary educational opportunity and attainment. Additionally, he contributes to the development and promotion of research briefs and the College Results Online interactive Web tool.
Prior to joining Ed Trust, Denzel worked as a program associate at the College Board in the Washington, D.C., office, where he served as the primary point of contact for conferences and meetings. He also supported such advocacy projects as the Young Males of Color symposium, which convened more than 150 D.C. Public School students for a full day of workshops promoting postsecondary success, economic mobility, and professional development. Previously, Denzel worked as a higher education policy intern at New America and as a program coordinator for the Office of First Year Experience at Louisiana State University.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Denzel holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from Louisiana State University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Alabama.
Becoming the first person in my family to earn a bachelor’s degree and watching as my younger brother and several younger cousins follow in my postsecondary footsteps.
What drew you to education?
After nearly three years as an electrical engineering major and two summers of engineering internships, I realized that something was missing. I was more in love with student development than fabricating low-pass solar cell thin films in a clean room. I eventually changed my major and went on to pursue a graduate degree in higher education to continue to fuel my passion for helping students realize their greatest potential and fully benefit from their postsecondary education experience.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
Ed Trust takes an unapologetic and unflinching approach to addressing the socioeconomic and racial disparities plaguing our education system. I like to think Ed Trust and I have this in common.