The Homecoming Challenge

When You Go Back, Give Back

In this episode, Dana is joined by college graduates who have taken the Homecoming Challenge; an initiative tasking alumni of all colleges and universities to connect with freshman by donating their money, time, and wisdom.

Dana Michelle Davenport, an alumnus of Spelman College, joined forces with Morehouse College graduate Chris Evans in 2017 to create the challenge and encourage more alumni to invest in the next generation.

Any and all college graduates across the country can participate in the Homecoming Challenge by sending envelopes with cash and business cards to an alma mater, attending homecoming events and introducing themselves to freshman on campus, and lending advice or a listening ear.

“It’s so important, pouring into college freshman and letting them know that we’re here and that they’re not alone,” Dana says on her show.

“No student has enough money or enough food.  So I think they see it as an unexpected blessing,” says Lewis Kennebrew, graduate of Tuskegee University.  “And I think it’s important for [freshman] to see how successful alumni of that university can be.”

About Dana

Dana Davenport is a Naperville resident who is passionate about life.  Originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago, she is now a Naperville resident and a graduate of Spelman College and the University of Chicago Law School.  An attorney and mother, Dana divorced in 2015, unleashing a new lease on life.  She has a live radio show on intellectualradio.com on Wednesdays at 9pm and is excited to bring that show to television audiences on Naperville Community Television each month.

Previously, Dana has appeared on “He Said She Said” with Wanda Bee, “The Drive at 5” with Roman, and “Jaw Jackin” with Bob and T.C., and she was a relationship advisor on the “Gift of Gab Show” with Gabby Smith.


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