Domonique Griffin, a proud Buffalo native, is an Arthur A. Schomburg Fellow and a first-year master of urban planning student with a concentration in neighborhood planning and community development. Domonique graduated cum laude from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in educational studies and American studies. Domonique was named the President’s Fellow for American Studies, received the Richard K. Morris Book Award for Excellence in Education, and was awarded the Steven D. Levy ’72 Urban Programs Senior Research Prize for her senior thesis, “They Were Never Silent, You Just Weren’t Listening: Buffalo’s Black Activists in the Age of Urban Renewal.”
Domonique gained initial experience in research and education during her undergraduate career by interning with the Hartford Hospital Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living and the Santa Rosa Homework Centre in Arima, Trinidad. She continues to follow her passion for research, education, and youth development through her academic and professional activities. As a research assistant in UB’s Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, Domonique serves as the team lead for projects that promote food equity and entrepreneurship in Buffalo, NY. In this role, she coordinates the evaluation of a project of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, funded by the General Mills Foundation. In between studying and working in the Food Lab, Domonique teaches high school English at the Park School of Buffalo, where she is the first Faculty Fellow. This semester, Domonique is also interning with the UB Center for Urban Studies, where she provides assistance on the Turning The Corner Project, which seeks to better understand neighborhood changes in Buffalo. Domonique looks forward to using her skills to launch a social enterprise that trains and retains our local youth through a youth career development program.