Duke Student Alumni Board

Making the transition from student to alum

The Duke Student Alumni Board works to foster communication and collaboration among students and alumni. Members get involved in Duke Alumni programs, conceive and plan student engagement activities and help spread the spirit of Forever Duke among their peers.

What We Do

Board members are chosen from all years and areas of Duke to reflect the diversity of the student experience. Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as student ambassadors for the DAA and the Duke Office of Development
  • Providing advice and feedback about new and existing programs for student and alumni engagement
  • Attending board and alumni events
  • Representing student views on panels
  • Developing and implementing strategies for outreach to students
  • Organizing events for the Duke community

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2021-22 Board Members

Adrienne Jones, PHD'23

Adrienne Jones, PHD'23
Areas of Study: Public Policy, Sociology
School: Graduate School, Sanford
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Adrienne is a 4th year student in the joint Public Policy and Sociology program from Goldston, NC. Inspired by the changing nature of work, particularly in rural communities, her research agenda seeks to understand the relationship between workforce/career education, employment and inequality. In particular, Adrienne is interested in better understanding the training and employment experiences of Black workers in the rural South. At Duke, she is a Graduate Resident with Housing and Residence Life. In her spare time, Adrienne loves to collect sneakers and try fun flavors of ice cream.

Amanda Clarke, DPT'23

Amanda Clarke, DPT'23
Areas of Study: Physical Therapy
School: Medicine
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Amanda is a second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy student from Harlem, New York, and currently serves as the Class of 2023 President. She is interested in sports ortho and women's health. Amanda is passionate about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives mainly centered around healthcare in marginalized communities. In her spare time, she can be found watching Knicks games.

Angie Anaeme, BS'22

Angie Anaeme, BS'22
Areas of Study: Evolutionary Anthropology, Global Health
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Angie Anaeme is a junior from Gilbert, Arizona majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology and minoring in Global Health and Chemistry. Outside of DSAB, she is involved in campus life as a resident assistant in Craven, a member of the Duke Dancing Devils, and a volunteer with Dance Expressions and the Central and Eastern NC Food Bank. She is also remotely assisting in research investigating the impacts of skin grafts on the rare skin disease, pyoderma gangrenosum. Angie enjoys being a member of DSAB because it allows her to meet and form relationships with students, faculty, and alumni of the Duke network, which has brought a sense of community and support throughout her time at Duke.

Anika Pawlak, BS'24

Anika Pawlak, BS'24
Areas of Study: Evolutionary Anthropology, Biology, Pre-Med
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Anika Pawlak is a sophomore from Milwaukee, Wisconsin majoring in either Evolutionary Anthropology or Biology. She is also very interested in age studies and geriatrics. At Duke, Anika serves as the Director of Programming for Duke Helping Hands for Alzheimer's and other Neurological Disorders, and as Mentorship Committee Chair for American Medical Women's Association. She also enjoys volunteering with the Duke American Red Cross organization and as a tutor with America Reads/America Counts. In her free time, Anika loves going to rock n roll concerts, kickboxing and swimming, and spending time with friends and family. She is excited to help foster connections and relationships between students and alumni.

Anusha Vojjola, MEM'22

Anusha Vojjola, MEM'22
Areas of Study: Engineering Management
School: Pratt
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Anusha Vojjola is from Hyderabad, India, and currently pursuing her master's in Engineering Management at the Pratt School of Engineering. She earned her bachelor's degree in computer science from the Chaitanya Bharati Institute of Technology. As an undergraduate, she organized multiple technical festivals and was appointed as a Student Head Convener for one of them. Anusha worked closely with students and professors to make the event successful. After college, she was recruited as Database Administrator at Oracle India Private Limited, a computer software company. During her time at the company, she led community service initiatives, including clothing, food donation, and Christmas Angel Tree drives. Anusha is currently a Student Ambassador at Pratt and manages the Engineering Master's Programs official Instagram profile. In her free time, she loves to dance, hike, and socialize. She hopes to leverage her skills to help students and alumni connect, and to link campus and corporate insights.

Ayda Lee, AB'23

Ayda Lee, AB'23
Areas of Study: Undecided
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Ayda Lee is a sophomore from Washington, D.C. interested in creating a Program II that explores sustainable housing solutions. She is currently a member of the Duke Association for Business Oriented Women (BOW) and the external social chair for Cooper House. She hopes to combine her experience in real estate with her passion for promoting sustainability and financial literacy.

Bates Crawford, AB'22

Bates Crawford, AB'22
Areas of Study: English Major, Ethics & Society Certificate, Sociology Minor
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Bates is a junior at Duke from New York City. She is majoring in English, pursuing an Ethics & Society Certificate, as well as minoring in Sociology. At Duke, Bates writes for The Chronicle through her book review column 'A Devil's Bookshelf,' and is the Co-president of GANO (Gente Aprendiendo Para Nuevas Oportunidades), an ESL tutoring organization for the Latinx community in Durham. In her spare time, Bates enjoys watching docuseries, reading books of all genres, and having long chats with friends and family. In her second year of DSAB, she is excited to continue connecting amazing Duke alumni with current students.

Campbell Lawson, AB'24

Campbell Lawson, AB'24
Areas of Study: Public Policy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Campbell is a sophomore from San Francisco, California majoring in Public Policy and pursuing the Innovation & Entrepreneurship certificate. Outside of DSAB, you'll find her watching and writing about sports for the sports section of The Chronicle, attending meetings for the Duke Association for Business Oriented Women, planning and marketing events for the Duke University Union Special Events Committee and training with the club ski and board team. When she's not working on schoolwork or doing any of the aforementioned activities, Campbell is usually watching basketball, reading a good book or baking and cooking for her family and friends. She's looking forward to strengthening connections between current Duke students and alumni with her work on DSAB!

Chloe Hubbe, AB'22

Chloe Hubbe, AB'22
Areas of Study: Public Policy, Economics, Musical Theater
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Chloe Hubbe is currently a junior at Duke, and her major is Public Policy with minors in Economics and Musical Theater. Aside from academics, she is part of the tour guide program, Business Oriented Women, the club tennis team. Off campus, Chloe also serves on the National Council of College Leaders in order to help find cures for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Chloe White, BSE'22

Chloe White, BSE'22
Areas of Study: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Education, Religious Studies
School: Pratt
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Chloe is a senior from Statesville, North Carolina studying Electrical and Computer Engineering and pursuing minors in Education and Religious Studies. Apart from her studies, she is a tour guide for both the Pratt School of Engineering and Duke University as a whole. She works as a teaching assistant for one core ECE course, and has previously TA'd for other engineering courses as well. Chloe enjoys being involved on campus in Duke Rotaract and Duke Cru as they allow her to invest in relationships with others, both on campus and in the world at large. This upcoming summer, Chloe will be working in Atlanta with Breakthrough Collaborative as a middle school teacher for traditionally underrepresented students on their path to college. In her free time, Chloe enjoys baking and is well known for her well-stocked tote of baking supplies that she keeps in her dorm room. Her absolute favorite thing to do, however, is cheer on the Duke Men's Basketball Team and you can find her front and center at most home games, often covered in blue paint. Chloe is excited to work with the Duke Student Alumni Board in order to foster new relationships between students and alumni.

Dechen Lama, AB'15, MBA'22

Dechen Lama, AB'15, MBA'22
Areas of Study: Finance
School: Trinity, Fuqua
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dechen graduated from Duke undergrad with a double major in public policy and global health and is currently pursuing an MBA at the Fuqua School of Business. Before Fuqua, she lived in New York City, working in market development at a young healthcare technology company, Phreesia, for nearly five years, helping the company grow and scale and ultimately go public. On campus, she is active in diversity, equity, and inclusion work, and in her free time, she enjoys taking long walks with her dog and exploring Durham's food scene.

Della Sihite, BS'23

Della Sihite, BS'23
Areas of Study: Computer Science, Economics
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Della Sihite is a junior from Jakarta, Indonesia studying in Computer Science and Economics. On campus, she is promoting accessibility to pre-professional resources as VP Internal of Duke Consulting Club and leading the Sponsorship team for Duke's social impact hackathon HackDuke. She is also passionate about advocating for the well-being of international students with Duke International Association and Duke ASEAN. Outside of school, she enjoys drinking iced lattes, talking about her home country, and curating Spotify playlists.

Elana Levitan, AB'22

Elana Levitan, AB'22
Areas of Study: Public Policy, Journalism and Media Studies, Sociology
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Elana is from Seattle Washington and is currently a junior studying public policy, journalism and media studies, and sociology. In her free time she likes to volunteer, read, ski, hangout with friends, and travel. Aside from DSAB Elana is also an intern with the Coach K Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Eli Kline, AB'22

Eli Kline, AB'22
Areas of Study: English
School: Trinity
Pronouns: he/him/his

Eli Kline is a senior from Montclair, New Jersey, and currently resides in New York City. He is graduating in 2022 with a major in English and minors in History and Visual & Media Studies. Eli is a passionate member of the arts community at Duke, an avid performer, and has served as a Stage Manager and Assistant Director for the musical theater student organization, Hoof'n'Horn. He is President of his a Cappella group, The Pitchforks of Duke University, Vice President of the schoolwide A Cappella Council, and a Program Director for the Project Arts pre-orientation program. In 2020 and 2021, Eli worked with Broadway Plus, an internship he found through Duke's amazing Alumni Network. In his second year on DSAB, Eli is excited to continue connecting the current student body with the incredible resources of thousands of inspiring Duke Alumni.

Eliana Shapiro, BS'23

Eliana Shapiro, BS'23
Areas of Study: Neuroscience, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Computer Science
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Eliana is a sophomore from the Philadelphia area studying Neuroscience, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Computer Science. At Duke, Eliana is a member of the Duke Association for Business Oriented Women (BOW), the Challah for Hunger leadership team, and volunteers for UnitedCARE. Eliana also volunteered with the Emily Krzyzewski Center to provide academic support for low income students in the Durham community. This past summer, Eliana interned for MPowerUs, a startup creating a curated digital marketplace to connect nonprofit organizations with tools for success. During her free time, Eliana enjoys watching Duke basketball, cooking, working with children, reading, and traveling.

Hadrian Gonzalez Castellanos, BS'23

Hadrian Gonzalez Castellanos, BS'23
Areas of Study: Political Science, Economics
School: Trinity
Pronouns: he/him/his

Hadrian Gonzalez Castellanos is a junior pursuing a double major in Political Science and Economics. Originally from Miami, Florida, he is proud of his Cuban heritage and has been recognized by the College Board as a National Hispanic Scholar. In the classroom, Hadrian is interested in exploring the intersection of technology and institutional change. He hopes to pursue a career that allows him to leverage advances in digital infrastructure to create a more equitable future. At Duke, Hadrian is the Vice Chair for the Student Organization Finance Committee, a member of the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator, and the Founder and Co-President of the Duke-UNICEF Club. In his free time, he enjoys photography and spending time by the ocean with his family and friends.

Jasmine Hughes, MS'22

Jasmine Hughes, MS'22
Areas of Study: Global Health
School: Graduate School
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Jasmine is a second-year masters in global health student. Before coming to Duke she completed a Masters in Bioethics at Wake Forest University. She received her first undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from East Carolina University - Go Pirates! After graduating from the global program she hopes to an MD-PhD program and become a surgeon-scientist. She has an interest in neuroimmunology and global neurosurgery.

Jeremy Fertig, BSE'23

Jeremy Fertig, BSE'23
Areas of Study: Mechanical Engineering, Energy Engineering
School: Pratt
Pronouns: he/him/his

Jeremy Fertig is a sophomore from Greenwich, Connecticut majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Energy Engineering. Jeremy has participated in the FOCUS program, been a member on the First Year Library Advisory Board, serves as the treasurer of the Combat Robotics Club, and is a member of the Chi Psi Fraternity.

Jess Chen, BS'24

Jess Chen, BS'24
Areas of Study: Neuroscience, Finance, and Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Jess Chen is a current sophomore from Delaware studying Neuroscience, Finance, and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE). Outside of DSAB, Jess is a Resident Assistant for first-years, on the executive committee of Duke University Union (DUU), and a member of Business Oriented Women (BOW). Her favorite event that she organized was a freshman-wide March Madness Tournament (the top prize being a 10-person tent!) with over 200 participants. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and making bubble tea at her part-time job on Ninth Street. She is excited to chat-so feel free to reach out to her about anything you may be interested in!

Jess Jiang, AB'24

Jess Jiang, AB'24
Areas of Study: Undecided
School: Trinity
Pronouns:

Jess is from San Jose, California, was inspired to learn more about global health by reading Mountains Beyond Mountains, and is excited about student-alumni mentoring!

Jocelyn Chin, AB'24

Jocelyn Chin, AB'24
Areas of Study: Public Policy, Sociology, Creative Writing
School: Trinity, Sanford
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Jocelyn is a sophomore at Trinity whose family currently lives in Cleveland, OH. While she loves studying PubPol and Sociology, Jocelyn is the happiest when writing couplet poetry, learning new languages, or reading a good thick novel in a hammock. On campus, when not at her work-study (as a student manager for DukeWBB), Jocelyn writes for the Chronicle's opinion column and Duke Crux, meets with her iHouse Japanese language partner, and attends American sign language lessons hosted by Duke ASL. Off campus, she coaches youth basketball with the nonprofit Coach2Inspire, searches for dirt for her succulents, and swims in different bodies of freshwater around Durham.

Jonah Perrin, BS'23

Jonah Perrin, BS'23
Areas of Study: Philosophy and Political Science
School: Trinity
Pronouns: he/him/his

Jonah is a sophomore from Chapel Hill, NC, likely studying philosophy and political science with a potential minor in Spanish. At Duke, he is involved in a Bass Connections team, and the executive committees of Duke Democrats and Duke Votes. He also loves giving tours of Duke's beautiful campus and talking to interested high school students about Duke. He also serves as the Development Director for College Democrats of NC and on several other roles with his county Democratic Party and has worked on several local, congressional, and gubernatorial campaigns. When not working on politics or his studies, he enjoys playing basketball, ultimate frisbee, geography, and references from "The West Wing."

Josie Vonk, AB'23

Josie Vonk, AB'23
Areas of Study: Undecided
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Josie is an undergraduate sophomore from Spring, Texas interested in studying psychology and documentary studies. At Duke, she is a resident assistant for Bell Tower Dormitory and a service-learning assistant for Professor Post-Rust's Documentary Studies 209 class. She is the recruitment chair for Womxn's Club Ultimate Frisbee and serves on the leadership team for Campus Crusaders for Christ. She is also a member of the Penny Pilgram George Women's Leadership Initiative. Josie was previously involved as Bell Tower's House Council Vice President and President of the Class of 2023 during her first-year. She spent her last summer interning for Texas Private Schools Association to help assist in navigating the transition for private schools to new COVID-era education. In her free time, she enjoys bullet journaling, painting, and cooking. Her butter-based seared steak is a family favorite! Josie is excited to join the Duke Student Alumni Board and share new ideas.

Keegan Trofatter, JD'23

Keegan Trofatter, JD'23
Areas of Study: Law
School: Trinity, Law
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Keegan is a second-year law student from Greenville, SC. She attended undergrad at Duke, as well, and graduated in 2019. As an undergraduate, Keegan studied English, Creative Writing, and Markets & Management Studies and served as Captain of Duke's official dance team. At the Law School, she is a Vice President of the Business Law Society and If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. She worked this past summer for Wyche, P.A. in Greenville, SC. As a former camp counselor, Keegan enjoys playing the ukulele, mountain biking, and getting outdoors in her spare time.

Laura Berglass, MSN'21

Laura Berglass, MSN'21
Areas of Study: Nursing
School: Nursing
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Laura is an FNP student in her final semester at Duke University. She is from Milford, Connecticut and attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. After deciding on a career in nursing, she attended Northeastern University for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2018. During undergrad, Laura worked at Boston Children's Hospital in a neurotrauma research group, as well as an addiction laboratory at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is looking forward to incorporating neuroscience and behavioral health into her career as an FNP. Laura also hopes to teach future generations of nurses. In her spare time, Laura enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, cooking, reading, and writing.

Kent Hjelm, BS'22

Kent Hjelm, BS'22
Areas of Study: Economics Major, Finance Concentration
School: Trinity
Pronouns: he/him/his

My name is Kent Hjelm and I am a junior from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA majoring in Economics with a Finance Concentration and minoring in Statistical Science. Besides DSAB, I am involved in Club Lacrosse, the First Year Advisory Counselor Board and Greek Life. When I am not doing school work or club activities, I enjoy watching Philadelphia sports, playing basketball and walking my dogs.

Meredith Zingale, MBA'22

Meredith Zingale, MBA'22
Areas of Study: Marketing, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Heath Sector Management
School: Fuqua
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Meredith is a second year Daytime MBA student from Tampa, FL. She graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. in Business Administration and a Finance concentration. Prior to business school, she spent 5 years in New York City working in consulting and then a women's health startup. Meredith is the Ally Engagement Co-Chair for the Duke Black and Latinx MBA Organization, a Duke IHI Quality & Innovation Scholar, and a New Ventures Fellow with Duke's Office of Licensing and Ventures. Outside the classroom, Meredith enjoys exploring Durham, outdoor activities, trivia nights and listening to tech and pop culture podcasts.

Nick Viers, AB'23

Nick Viers, AB'23
Areas of Study: Economics, Finance, Political Science
School: Trinity
Pronouns: he/him/his

My name is Nick Viers, I'm a sophomore from Richmond, Virginia. I'm majoring in economics with a concentration in Finance, and hope to also minor in political science. In addition to academic learning, I am also very interested in reading biographies, and watching documentaries. I'm a swimmer on the varsity swim & dive team and hope to use my experiences as a student athlete to help diversify my role as a student ambassador. I'm passionate about all things Duke, so I won't miss a basketball game if I can help it, and most importantly I'm excited about my opportunity to work with Duke's alumni.

Nicole Pashalis, AB'22

Nicole Pashalis, AB'22
Areas of Study: Psychology, Markets and Management Certificate
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Nicole is a senior at Duke from Queens, New York. She is pursuing a major in Psychology, a certificate in Markets & Management Studies, and plans to attend law school after graduating. On campus, Nicole is involved in psychology research and is a Psychology 101 Costanzo Teaching Fellow. Additionally, she is a member of Business Oriented Women (BOW) and co-manages public relations for Duke's fashion and lifestyle magazine, FORM. During her free time, she enjoys exploring new restaurants, watching crime TV shows, and spending time with her family and friends.

Noelle Garrick, BS'24

Noelle Garrick, BS'24
Areas of Study: Computer Science, Art, Software Engineering
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Noelle Garrick is a sophomore from Knoxville, Tennessee and is planning to study Computer Science and Art. She believes STEM and creative fields complement each other well, and hopes to continue growing as an artist and programmer during her time at university. She is passionate about movie and game design, Augmented/Virtual/Mixed Reality technology especially for therapeutic purposes, and entomology. Her dream is to one day work in the creative industry and help bring stories to life through immersive mediums. Aside from DSAB, Noelle is a member of the Baldwin Scholars program and enjoys honing her 3D modeling skills.

Rajat Khandelwal, MEM'22

Rajat Khandelwal, MEM'22
Areas of Study: Energy and Environment
School: Nicholas
Pronouns: he/him/his

Rajat is a graduate student at the Nicholas School where he is pursuing his Masters in Environmental Management, with a focus on Energy and Environment. Born and raised in Delhi, India, Rajat graduated with a degree in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. At Duke, Rajat is involved with energy access projects and is working with the Nicholas School Energy Club to develop opportunities in energy for Duke students. In his free time, Rajat likes to read about history, with a special emphasis on South Asian and War history. He also loves to play all kinds of sports and stokes his passion for quizzing by hosting trivia nights with friends.

Rory Smith, AB'24

Rory Smith, AB'24
Areas of Study: Public Policy
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Rory Smith is a sophomore from Durham, North Carolina pursuing a Public Policy major and a Markets and Management Certificate. Post-college, she hopes to attend business school and is interested in a career in business management or administration. At Duke, Rory is a peer tutor for the Academic Resource Center, a tutor for the First Generation Investors Club, and a writer for The Coop. Additionally, she gives virtual campus tours for an external organization and is an intern for the Youth Education for Savings Consortium. In her free time, Rory enjoys hiking, yoga, cooking, and fitness. She loves to travel and hopes to explore more of the world after graduating from Duke.

Rosa Golchin, BS'24

Rosa Golchin, BS'24
Areas of Study: Biology
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Rosa Golchin is a sophomore from the Bay Area hoping to gain a degree in Biology while also pursuing the Energy & the Environment certificate. Rosa writes for The Chronicle as a staff reporter, works as a Communications Intern for the Nicholas Institute, and will be this year's Director of Environmental Affairs and Policy for DSG. She enjoys watching T.V. shows in French, learning new languages, and cooking for friends and family. Her goal in working with DSAB is to increase outreach to identity groups and foster a strong connection between alumni and current students interested in the same work.

Sarah Habib, BSE'23

Sarah Habib, BSE'23
Areas of Study: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science
School: Pratt
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sarah Habib is a sophomore from Dallas, TX in the Pratt School of Engineering. She plans on pursuing a double major in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science. She is interested in the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship. Her extracurricular involvements include serving as Freshman Outreach Co-Chair for Duke Women in Technology, learning about international development, and engaging in creative writing, public speaking, and swimming. Sarah looks forward to serving on DSAB and working to bridge current students and alumni.

Sasha Gerber, AB'24

Sasha Gerber, AB'24
Areas of Study: Public Policy, Psychology
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sasha Gerber is a sophomore from Potomac, Maryland studying Public Policy and Psychology. Outside of the classroom, Sasha is a member of the Duke Tour Guide Program and a research assistant at the Sociological Study of Cooperation Lab. In her free time, Sasha enjoys reading, baking, and hiking.

Shreyas Hegde, PHD'21

Shreyas Hegde, PHD'21
Areas of Study: Mechanical Engineering
School: Pratt, Graduate School
Pronouns:

Shreyas is a PhD student in the MEMS department working on gas turbine compressor aeromechanics. He is currently the Director of Operations in the Duke GPSG in addition to holding leadership roles in the MEMS GSC, EGSC, Duke Hyperloop and the Pratt DEIC committee. During his free time, he likes to read about the aerospace industry, primarily on the business side of things.

Shuyang Jin, PHD'23

Shuyang Jin, PHD'23
Areas of Study: Neurobiology
School: Medicine, Graduate School
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Shuyang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Neurobiology, School of Medicine. Before joining DSAB, Shuyang served as the Co-President of Duke APD Consulting Club during the 2020-2021 academic year. Shuyang is passionate about helping others and engaging people around her for interesting events and activities. In her spare time, Shuyang enjoys traveling, hiking, outdoor activities, and playing LEGOs.

Sophia Cetina, AB'23

Sophia Cetina, AB'23
Areas of Study: English
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sophia Cetina is a sophomore pursuing an English major and a certificate in the Markets and Management Program. She is from Rye, New York, and is a University Scholar. Sophia is also very interested in economics, creative writing, and sociology. She is interested in a career that will combine her interests in writing and economics. At Duke, Sophia writes for The Muse, has had several pieces published in The Archive, and is a Campus Correspondent for Her Campus. She serves on the Cultural Committee for Mi Gente, the PPG Women's Leadership Initiative Cohort, and CommuniTEA. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry, exploring New York City, and spending time with family and friends.

Travis Knoll, PHD'22

Travis Knoll, PHD'22
Areas of Study: History
School: Trinity
Pronouns: he/him/his

A doctoral student in history, Travis Knoll was the 2017-2018 project manager of the Cost of Opportunity? Higher Education in the Baixada Fluminense team, which investigated social mobility and access to higher education in Brazil. His research examines links between racial justice policy and religious civil society organizations in the formation of international progressive organizations. During 2018-2019 on a Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (Social Science Research Council), he researched the trajectory of Brazilian Liberation Theology since 1976 and its embrace of the Brazilian black movement, specifically through efforts to promote ethno-racial affirmative action policies in Brazilian higher education. With funding from the IDRF he produced The Book Revolution: PVNCs and the struggle for affirmative action in the Baixada, a documentary outlining these efforts. In Summer 2020, with a Duke Provost's Experiential Fellowship he worked at RTI International as the Stakeholder Mapping and Storytelling intern. There he interviewed dozens of its researchers, staff and executives for a project mapping RTI's vast organizational structure, which spans global development, education, health research and applied sciences.

Will Hess, BS'23

Will Hess, BS'23
Areas of Study: Mechanical Engineering, International Relations
School: Pratt
Pronouns: he/him/his

Will Hess is a sophomore Mechanical Engineering student in Pratt. He hopes to be able to minor in International Relations too If he can ever leave the lab. Will lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida. When not attempting insanely hard calculations in class, Will serves as a resident advisor in Alspaugh Dorm, performs with Hoof 'n' Horn, or can be found playing frisbee on East campus. Will also enjoys roller coasters, loves a good spicy mustard, and hopes one day to run for political office. When not on campus you can find Will happily tinkering with an old car, hiking with one of his three dogs or reading a really good biography.

Zibran Vastani, BSE'24

Zibran Vastani, BSE'24
Areas of Study: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science
School: Pratt
Pronouns: he/him/his

Zibran Vastani is a sophomore pursuing a double major in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. Zibran is from Atlanta, Georgia, and is an avid skier in the winter and surfer in the summer. Outside of class, he is a Duke Tour guide as well as a member of the Duke University Union DevOps team. He also loves a good match of Tennis and Mixed Martial Arts to relax after a long day of class. Zibran is a massive Atlanta Falcons fan and loves a good football game to round out the weekend. While off-campus, you can find Zibran hiking a nearby trail, working with the infinite functions of Amazon Web Services, or building a wacky application based on an impulsive idea. He is super friendly and loves to chat so please feel free to reach out about any questions or concerns!

Zoe Jacobs, AB'24

Zoe Jacobs, AB'24
Areas of Study: Undecided
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Zoe Jacobs is a sophomore from Westchester, NY majoring in psychology and minoring in chemistry and global health on the pre-med track. At Duke, Zoe is the Bull City Fit and Boys and Girls Club coordinator for Duke Dance Expressions, the Service Chair for Challah for Hunger, a member of Camp Kesem, Blue Devils vs. Cancer, and Duke GlobeMed. After Duke, Zoe plans to attend medical school and eventually become a pediatric oncologist. In her free time, Zoe enjoys walking her dogs, traveling, trying new restaurants, spending time with her friends and family, and dancing. She is very excited to be a member of DSAB and help connect Duke students with the strong alumni community.


2021-22 DKU Student Alumni Board Visiting Members

Charlie Colasurdo, AB’23

Charlie Colasurdo, AB’23
Areas of Study: Political Economy, Public Policy, Chinese
School: DKU
Pronouns: he/him/his

Charlie is a junior from Westport, Connecticut majoring in Political Economy with a track in Public Policy. He is passionate about the links between sustainable development, education, the global economy, and Asia. On campus, he is a Co-Director of the Duke Initiative for Urban Studies, an interdisciplinary, cross-campus initiative dedicated to expanding research and academic/extracurricular programming in urban studies. He is also a Co-Chair of Konnect Students Across Campuses (KSAC), a program dedicated to fostering relations between the Duke and and Duke Kunshan campuses. In his free time, he enjoys reading, photography, and sampling street food in cities around the world.

 Holly He, BS'23

Holly He, BS'23
Areas of Study: Data Science
School: DKU
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Lin (Holly) He is a junior from Duke Kunshan University majoring in Data Science. She is a member of DKU SAB's marketing team and is excited to join DSAB. Besides the role in SAB, Lin is a co-founder of the DKU Tree Charity club, in which she helps organize voluntary teaching and fundraising activities. She also gives voluntary English classes to a primary school in China. Apart from her work, she has a wide range of interests including playing the violin, reading novels, and watching movies.

 Karen Wang, BS'24

Karen Wang, BS'24
Areas of Study: Data Science
School: DKU
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Karen is a sophomore from Toronto, Canada. She is interested in studying Data Science or something related to computer science. She interned with the Missouri AfterSchool Network as a web designer after being inspired to learn coding through Duke's introduction to computer science class. When she's not cramming for tests, you can find her dancing, curating Spotify playlists, playing the piano, and swimming.

Nomunsor Soronzonbold, BS'22

Nomunsor Soronzonbold, BS'22
Areas of Study: Institutions and Governance, Economics Track
School: DKU
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Nomunsor Soronzonbold is a senior majoring in Institutions and Governance with tracks in Economics at Duke Kunshan University. She was raised in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and loves to meet new people, try new experiences, and grow vegetables. She is a student worker for the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at DKU and is a Co-Chair for DKU's Student Alumni Board. She is very excited to be joining DSAB and connecting alumni and students at DKU and Duke. Aside from academics, she enjoys researching about vertical farms and is an active member at MyClub online community in Mongolia planting trees and taking care of them.

Wesley Lo, BS'22

Wesley Lo, BS'22
Areas of Study: Political Economy/Public Policy
School: DKU
Pronouns: he/him/his

Wesley Lo is an American undergraduate student from California. He is an avid entrepreneur majoring in Political Economy/Public Policy at DKU. Reaching out to Duke and DKU alumni has been an important part of his undergraduate networking career. He is very excited to be a part of the Student Alumni Board (SAB), a platform where he can connect students with awesome opportunities! A little about himself…, he has traveled to 40+ countries, is a Japanese cuisine chef with 12 certifications, and a music producer! For those that are interested, do reach out to him by email. He is always open for a meetup or a quick chat about anything!