The Tri-County Sentry salutes Ms. Shanté Morgan-Durisseau our hometown heroine
As president, Morgan-Durisseau led the new organization to the success the group achieved during its inaugural year with vision, commitment and dedication. In seeking a charter, Morgan-Durisseau engaged alumni who graduated from the 1970s to present and from diverse academic units. She worked to host an inaugural reception in November of 2011, where Assemblyman Mike Davis, a Northridge alumnus, served as the keynote speaker. She also collaborated with the Department of Pan African Studies in celebration of its 42nd anniversary. When John Harris was selected as the first African-American alumnus to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award, Morgan-Durisseau coordinated an event for undergraduate students to meet him. She also collaborated with the students coordinating the 41st annual Black Graduation Celebration.
Morgan-Durisseau has worked as a journalist for more than 20 years. She is currently a managing editor at California State University, Northridge. She has a master’s degree from USC Annenberg School of Journalism and graduated in 1990 from California State University, Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Afro-American studies. As a student, she was a founding member of NABJ-Student Association of Black Communicators at CSUN and currently serves as co-adviser to the student group. She is an active member of her community, serving as president of the Ventura County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a member of the Ventura County Commission for Women.