Lilliana Reyes Gaspar ’20, Idalis French ’19, Katie Taylor ’19
The time is now
Today, Duke is an exceptional university. Yet, with more diverse voices at the table where decisions are made, Duke has the potential to be extraordinary. The underrepresentation of women in influential volunteer leadership positions across Duke prevents us from living up to our full potential. For an individual alumna, elevating women’s voices at Duke would be daunting. But together, we make it happen.
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.
Building on the Duke Alumni Association’s Women’s Forums, we elevate the conversation around how your time, talent and economic means help shape Duke’s future.
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.
Rebecca Melaku ’22 from Indian Trail, NC, is pursuing a Biology-Global Health co-major with a Chemistry minor. At Duke, Rebecca is a consultant at the Writing Studio and submits content to The Bridge, an online publication that uplifts the voices and talents of black and brown womxn. As part of a year-long Bass Connections research project, she helped develop a hydrogen stove prototype for use in rural communities where respiratory diseases are linked to indoor air pollution. Rebecca has cultivated her love for meeting new people from diverse backgrounds by serving as a First-Year Advisory Counselor, participating in the Global Engagement Program, and attending weekly English Conversation Clubs. In the future, Rebecca aspires to work as a physician and global health researcher in low-resource communities, particularly in Ethiopia were her parents are originally from.
Cheyenne Quijano ’22 is from Paramus, New Jersey, and is pursuing a double major in Economics and Computer Science. In Spring 2020, she was selected to Inequality in the U.S. and China, a Duke Immerse progr am exploring global inequalities; her focus was on education policy. By the end of the program, Cheyenne produced three research papers, two of which are being considered for publication. In particular, her autoethnography “The Development of Respect in K-5 Education” argues that one of the social goals of education is respect (particularly respect for authority) and that tensions are created between the students, their families, and the education system as a result of unilateral power dynamics in and out of the classroom.
Outside of the classroom, Cheyenne is dedicated to empowering undergraduate women in preparation for a career in business through her involvement in the Association for Business Oriented Women (BOW). She was a member of its External Initiatives Committee, where she led workshops at Jordan High School to mentor high school girls in their personal development and career pursuits. Cheyenne also served on BOW’s Lean-In Committee, where she created programming to equip its members with the tools to tackle obstacles in the workplace head-on. She is on BOW’s 2020-2021 executive board as the Diversity, Empowerment & Inclusion Chair. Additionally, Cheyenne works as a program assistant for the Scholars on Campus program at the Emily Krzyzewski Center. Professionally, she is devoted to educational access in the edtech space and is currently working on a personal project integrating computer science and education.
Jamiee Elizabeth Williams ’21 is a rising first-generation senior from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering. She will serve as the Vice-President of Duke’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in this coming year, in hopes of increasing the academic and professional readiness of the Black engineers on campus. While doing that, she also hopes to create more initiatives for building networks with company partners and establishing cultural awareness of the experiences of Black STEM students and professionals on campus. Jamiee is also a NAE Grand Challenge Scholar and plans to begin her own personal research exploring the intersectionality of urban planning and social justice. In the future, Jamiee plans to pursue graduate school with the goal of becoming a professional engineer and/or a college professor.
Sweta Kafle ’21 is a David M. Rubenstein Scholar pursuing a degree in Global Health and Biology. This summer, she is home in Michigan and working with the Duke Global Health Institute to virtually conduct research on physical and mental health outcomes for orphaned and separated children in New Delhi, India. She is also spending her time remotely conducting research on sickle cell pathology at Duke’s Hematology Department in the Rahima Zennadi lab. During the school year, Sweta serves as the Events Chair for the Duke Red Cross and delivers disaster relief education to the greater Durham community. She volunteers at the Emergency Department at the Duke Regional Hospital, and hopes to attend medical school in the future. Sweta eventually wants to work with communities around the Himalayan mountains to provide health care to remote populations.
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.
Duke WIN could not be where it is without our own leaders
Meet the Duke WIN Leadership Council: the women ensuring our network makes its biggest impact.
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