Current WIN Scholars Cheyenne Quijano, Rebecca Melaku, Jenna White, and Sofia Bottinelli
WIN’s role at Duke
The Duke Women’s Impact Network began in 2012, after a deep examination of the results of alumnae volunteer engagement and financial support. Building on the strong connection between institutional support and institutional influence, we work closely with members of the WIN community to cultivate more women for volunteer leadership at the highest levels, ensuring that the voices at the table represent us all.
Meet our volunteer leaders
The Duke WIN Leadership Council ensures our network makes its biggest impact.
Amplifying our impact
THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS
Individual WIN members are having a demonstrable impact across the university through their gifts to numerous interest areas and their volunteer leadership. As a group, we also collectively work to fund scholarships for young women who demonstrate leadership qualities that we can encourage and cultivate through our own skills and experience.
Meet the WIN Scholars: Duke’s next generation of women leaders.
Duke WIN Scholars
Congratulations to our Duke WIN Scholars! These young women are selected by Duke’s Financial Aid Office with an eye toward selecting young women who demonstrate leadership qualities that can be further encouraged and cultivated through contact with the WIN community.
Join us in growing the WIN Scholarship Endowment to support Duke’s next generation of women leaders by making a secure gift.
Sara Oike ’24 is from Palos Verdes, California. She is studying Economics/ Psychology and minoring in Visual Media studies. She has a passion for music, specifically hip-hop, which had led her to music production and DJing. Sara is also a competitive Olympic archery player and part of Duke’s all-women online publication called The Coop. She hopes to move to New York City full time after college and work in finance or venture capital.
Sofia Morales-Calderon ’24 is a David M. Rubenstein Scholar from Durham, N.C. She plans to graduate with a double major in Russian and International Comparative Studies, with a minor in Chinese. At Duke, she intertwines her regional interest in Russia and China through archival research as to both countries’ economic development. Additionally, she works with the ARAC at Duke to provide a strong mentoring a tutoring experience for students in Durham Public Schools. Being from the Durham community, her academic interests have changed throughout the years, but have grown through her many Duke experiences, including being a SENSOR Academy Mentor at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, learning about local Durham and North Carolina Environmental Policy at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and working at the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center.
During the first half of this summer, Sofia is working as a Finance and Development Intern at StudentU, a local Durham nonprofit that works to build an equitable Durham through education. Additionally, she was awarded the Huayu Scholarship from the Taiwanese government and will study Chinese there for the second half. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and attempting to cook different cuisines. She is looking forward to being a part of the WIN community and is grateful for this opportunity.
Sofia Bottinelli ’23 is from Denver and is a Program II student studying Immigration and Child Development. This summer she is working as an intern with the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), providing resources to immigrants in the Aurora Contract Detention Center and helping them obtain free legal representation. Last summer, Sofia worked for the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration. As a staffer on the Detention and Legal Orientation Program Information Line, she worked with immigrants detained throughout the US by helping to provide legal support/resources and elevate complaints about conditions in detention. She plans to attend law school and dedicate her career to the ongoing fights for human rights and social justice.
At Duke, Sofia is President of The Girls’ Club, a mentorship program between middle school girls in Durham and Duke undergraduate womxn. She is also a Co-President of the Duke Global Education Student Committee, which promotes study away opportunities and helps students understand how they can fit studying away into their college experiences. She enjoys skating with the Duke Club Figure Skating Team and is also a teaching assistant in the Department of Mathematics. In Spring 2021, Sofia joined the inaugural cohort of Duke Social Impact Fellows. This summer she is working as an intern with the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), providing resources to immigrants in the Aurora Contract Detention Center and helping them obtain free legal representation.
Jenna White is a senior from Suwanee, Georgia. She plans to graduate with a double major in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Computer Engineering in 2023. She currently serves as the Student Director of the SPIRE Fellows, an academic support group and Living Learning Community offering tutoring and mentorship opportunities for minority STEM students. Her other extracurricular activities during the school year include mentoring and teaching girls in elementary and middle school as a member of FEMMES, connecting with other women interested in technology as a member of DTech, and connecting socially with other wonderful women and non-binary people as a member of Illyria. During the first half of this past summer, she participated in Duke’s Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Fellowship, in which she learned strategies on how to become a better scientist and became involved in engineering medical devices through working with the Tadross lab, which she will continue to be a member of this fall. During this upcoming summer, she will work as a verification engineering intern at Schneider Electric as a member of the DTech Scholars. She is passionate about learning to use engineering techniques to save lives and inspiring other young women to also pursue their passions in STEM. In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym, trying new foods, watching movies with friends, and going on hikes. She is honored and excited to be a member of the WIN community.
Support the WIN Scholarship Endowment Fund to award need-based financial aid to undergraduate women leaders at Duke. By contributing a gift of any amount, you can help young women become tomorrow’s Duke Trustees, board chairs, high-impact philanthropists and change agents in an increasingly complex world.
Interested in making a difference? Learn how to WIN with us by contacting:
Bridget Booher ’82, A.M.’92
Director, Duke Women’s Impact Network