Danny Callison '16
Danny Callison ’16 knows firsthand how important financial aid is to many Northwestern students, which is why he is passionate about giving back to the University.
Originally from Seattle, Danny admits that Northwestern wasn’t on his radar, but his mother encouraged him to learn more about the University. With the support of financial aid, Danny headed to Evanston in fall 2012 and was immediately impressed by the scope of Northwestern’s academic programs and its diverse student population. “Having world-class journalism, music, theatre, and engineering programs all in the same university offered me the opportunity to be surrounded by talented and interesting people from all backgrounds,” Callison says.
Callison also immersed himself in student life. As an avid music fan, Callison cites Dillo Day and the A&O concerts—where he enjoyed musicians such as Danny Brown and Chance the Rapper—as two of his favorite memories from Northwestern. Callison also participated in Northwestern’s study abroad program, traveling to Argentina during his junior year.
Callison didn’t wait until graduation to start giving back to Northwestern. He served as co-chair for his Senior Class Gift, a program about which he continues to feel passionate. The Class Gift program lets students “show the University administration what programs they care about and devote their financial resources toward them,” says Callison.
After graduating this past spring, Callison stayed in Chicago to work as a business process analyst at Aon, where he specializes in project management, training, and change management. He is inspired to continue giving back to Northwestern and plans to give to the programs that had the greatest impact on him as a student, including financial aid, Counseling and Psychological Services, Alternative Student Break, and WNUR, Northwestern’s student-run radio station.
On November 29, Northwestern will participate in #CATSGiveBack, the University’s one-day fundraising drive on Giving Tuesday, a global day of philanthropy. Callison says he’ll be supporting Northwestern on this day and hopes that other alumni will too. “Northwestern’s greatest strength is its people,” he says. “Financial aid is what allows so many interesting and talented people to come together to create this vibrant community.”