ACEL Graduate Student Spotlight: DaVonti’ Haynes


DaVonti’ D. Haynes
Detroit, Michigan

DaVonti’ Haynes is a PhD student in agricultural communication, education, and leadership with a specialty in community and extension education and a minor in public policy management. He has a research appointment with OSU Extension.

Hey DaVonti’! What is the dissertation research topic? College access and student success for urban and Appalachian youth.

What are your career goals and why did you choose an ACEL area of study? Career goal is to work within the higher education arena supporting underrepresented and underserved youth in their collegiate pursuits. I chose ACEL because it provides me with a foundation and opportunity to explore and enhancing upon my academic, personal and career objectives.

Why did you choose Ohio State? My experience and time at Ohio State has been nothing short of life changing. I ultimately chose to continue my education as a Buckeye because Ohio State’s faculty, staff, students, and culture were very instrumental in helping me discover and pursue my passion. But for Ohio State, I would not be the person I am today. For me being a Buckeye goes beyond cheering for and supporting our athletic teams, it’s about cheering and supporting all Buckeyes, and that’s what I received during my time at Ohio State and that’s why I chose to be a Buckeye, not once, but three times.

What do you love about Ohio State? I love the breadth of Ohio State. No matter what you want to do, there’s something here for you.

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