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.
Chioma Ibeku is from South Plainfield, N.J., and southeastern Nigeria. She is pursuing a major in Economics and a minor in Arabic. Her academic interests center around how macroeconomics relates to topics like equality studies, climate change, and political science. On campus, she has served as a Baldwin Scholar, Undergraduate Young Trustee Nominating Committee member, and programming director in DukeAfrica. Outside of Duke, Chioma has been recognized as a Future Climate Leader by the Aspen Institute and she plans to continue this leadership after graduating, working in government to draft economic policy for modern-day issues. In her spare time, she values long walks, television dramas, and fictional novels. She is excited both to join WIN and to build community with its members.
Juliana Alfonso-DeSouza is a rising third-year David M. Rubenstein Scholar from San Antonio, Texas. She is pursuing a bachelor of science in evolutionary anthropology with chemistry and education minors on the premedical track. Juliana is passionate about mending educational inequities and the intersection of medicine and policy. She plans to attend medical school and advocate for holistic patient care focused on quality of life. On campus, she is involved with Duke men’s basketball as a line monitor, the Rajagopal Lab, Camp Kesem, DukeLIFE, the Duke Canine Cognition Center, and Duke Presidential Ambassadors. Some of Juliana’s favorite things are coffee, Duke basketball, and her Yorkipoo puppy at home.
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.
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