Building Alumni Connections

Alumni Connections

Wherever you are on your journey, the Forever Duke community of 195,000+ alumni are here to help! Whether you have 5 minutes, 15 or more, here are three easy ways to start connecting.

5 minutes

5 minutes Fill out a short form with a request for advice or connection using Ask A Blue Devil. You can hear back from AI selected alums by email as soon as the next day!

15 minutes

15 minutes Search Duke's private alumni directory by industry, location, identity, or company, and reach out to specific people for opportunities and discovery. Use the directory combined with LinkedIn to find the best contacts!

1 hour

1 hour Join small-group alumni-student dinners, coffee chats, and more with Duke alumni through Karsh Conversations. Get on the list to be invited to the next event!

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Dear Blue Devil: Advice to Current Students

A Blue Devil’s path isn’t always a straight line. In honor of the Duke University Centennial (1924-2024), we've asked 100 alumni to share advice with today’s students. Want more inspiration? Discover all alumni by logging into the directory.

Profile image of Gail Goundry Jarrow class of 74
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Dear Blue Devil

I’m Gail Goundry Jarrow ‘74

I Studied: Zoology

My Current Job: Author of teen nonfictions on American history, science, and medicine

My Proudest Moment: Receiving the American Library Association’s 2022 Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

A Word of Advice:Careers should combine talents and passions. If a path doesn’t feel right, don’t be afraid of change.

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Dear Blue Devil

I’m Robert J. Baldoni, Jr. ‘21, M.E.’22

I Studied: Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence

My Current Job: CEO at digital health startup company dannce.ai

My Proudest Moment: Starting a company with a professor to move groundbreaking technology into the world.

My Word of Advice: Find a motivation and use the incredible Duke community to propel yourself.

Profile image of Adebimpe Femi-Oyewo M.I.D.P. ‘18
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Dear Blue Devil

I'm Adebimpe Femi-Oyewo M.I.D.P. ‘18

I Studied: Masters in International Development Policy

My Current Job: Founder and CEO of Edward Consulting. I help Africans get into top Universities and scholarship in the US, UK and Canada.

My Proudest Moment: Helping Africans get over $16.5 million in scholarships to study abroad and access life-changing opportunities.

My Word of Advice: It’s easy to only focus on your studies at Duke-- Don’t forget the resources that enrich your student life beyond academics. Immerse yourself in the full Duke experience.

Profile image of Vincent Liu ‘21
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Dear Blue Devil

I'm Vincent Liu ‘21

I Studied: Computer Science

My Current Job: Founder of MyTeaPal, a tea mobile app and subscription box service

My First Job: I founded my business in college and have been working on it since graduation.

My Duke Memory: Hosting weekly tea gathering events for CommuniTEA at Duke Student Wellness Center.

Profile image of Joanna Lucy Rifkin Ph.D.'17
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Dear Blue Devil

I'm Joanna Lucy Rifkin Ph.D.'17

I Studied: Genetics & Genomics Program

My Current Job: Computational Biologist at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

My Proudest Moment: I won the Ig Nobel Award's monthly limerick competition

My Duke Takeaway: Science is about failure and the persistence to fail enough times to succeed.