Assistant University Chaplain
Rev. D'ana Downing (she/her/hers) is an interdisciplinary scholar-practitioner and interfaith movement chaplain passionate about spiritual and identity formation of college-aged students. An ordained itinerant deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, she serves as the Connectional Treasurer of the Richard Allen Young Adult Council and was recently appointed to the Sexual Ethics Discernment Committee of the denomination. Prior to joining RSL, she served as a Graduate Assistant in Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) and was the Resident Chaplain and Graduate Assistant for the 2020 Summer Academic Workshop (SAW). As a Womanist and Afrofuturist, she is committed to the wholeness and well-being of all people; and believes that we have the power to co-create a more just and equitable future.
For the last 20 years, she has worked as a fundraising professional and governance consultant as the founder of Light+Essence, and has also served in various roles in higher education in advancement, alumni relations, and career services. She will graduate May 2022 with a Master of Divinity and a concentration in Christian Education from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.