Staff

Meet the faculty and students we depend on.

These are the individuals who contribute their time, talents and leadership to make sure that the Center for Multicultural Affairs provides the resources, services and community Duke students desire.

Professional Staff


Student Staff

Position: SPARC, Co-Director
Class Year: 2022
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Area of Study: English with Political Theory minor
Fun Fact: A minor character in the Pixar movie Ratatouille is named after my dad!

Why do you like working for the CMA? I love working in the CMA because of the warm community among the staff members and the connections this job has allowed me to build across campus.

Position: Programming Student Coordinator
Class Year: 2022
Hometown: Montgomery, IL
Area of Study: Neuroscience
Fun Fact: My middle school holds the world record for the most people square dancing simultaneously.

Why do you like working for the CMA? The CMA is a space which has made me much more comfortable in myself and my place at this university, and I love being able to give back not only to the space which has done so much for me, but also to other, who like my past self, may not have known what their place is at a PWI.

Position:  Programming Student Coordinator 
Class year: 2024
Hometown: Cocoa, FL
Area of Study: Computer Science & Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
Fun Fact: I have never eaten a salad.

Why do you like working at the CMA? Coming Soon

Position: Organic Chemistry Learning Community Leader 
Class year: 2023
Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
Area of Study: Chemistry Major with Biology Minor 
Fun Fact:I have played spikeball with Noah Centineo when he was filming in Vancouver!

Why do you like working at the CMA? I love working in the CMA because of the tight-knit community of not only the staff but the students as well. It allows me to connect with a diverse set of peoples whom I could not have met otherwise!

Position: Marketing & Design Coordinator
Class Year: 2022
Hometown: Austin, TX
Area of Study: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science
Fun Fact: I've dislocated my thumb and tore my meniscus in two separate flag football games throughout high school. If you can't tell, I am slightly competitive.

Why do you like working for the CMA? I enjoy working at the CMA because I know that the CMA is a place that prioritizes students and making them feel at home. As someone who struggled with finding their initial place at Duke, I know the value and role that organizations and groups such as the CMA play in a student's academic and social journey at Duke.

Position: Graduate Assistant for Marketing and Design
Class Year: 2022
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Area of Study: Master of Engineering Management
Fun Fact:  I love cooking for my friends. I am always eager to introduce everyone to the rich Indian cuisine I come from. I am a ‘masala chai’ (tea) person. It’s everything I need to wake up in the morning. Though we don’t get authentic tea at Duke yet, I am sure one day I will be making friends with the chef at Tandoor to make sure they add it to their menu so that everyone has a taste of the much-loved beverage of India. 

Why Do You Like Working in the CMA? I genuinely love the inclusive environment at CMA. This is the space you need to come at when you want to be just your authentic self, with no judgments. The warmness of the area and the people at CMA are hard to come by often.

Position: Academic Support & Leadership Development Graduate Assistant
Class year: 2022
Hometown: Leon, Mexico
Area of Study: Master of International Development Policy
Fun Fact: I always cheer for the underdog in sports 

Why do you like working for the CMA? Alan enjoys working for the CMA because he can serve the Duke Community and those who needed the most. Something you should know about him is that he loves pizza and action movies

Position: Cultural & Identity Programming, Graduate Assistant (Native & Indigenous Communities)
Class Year: 2023
Hometown: St. Andrew, Jamaica
Area of Study: Master of Environmental Management with an Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health focus
Fun Fact: Class of 2000 overall Sports Day Champion - SOS Kindergarten

Why do you like working for the CMA? The opportunity to cultivate a campus community within which all members are able to be authentically themselves.

Position: Organic Chemistry Learning Community Leader
Class Year: 2023
Hometown: Sevierville, TN
Area of Study: Biology Major with Pharmacology Concentration​​​​​​​
Fun Fact: Dolly Parton went to my high school!

Why Do You Like Working in the CMA? I like working in the CMA because it allows me to foster an inclusive environment and help everyone feel they have a safe space on campus.

Position: SPARC, Co-Director
Class Year: 2022
Hometown: Kissimmee, Florida
Area of Study: International Comparative Studies and Education​​​​​​​
Fun Fact: My favorite album of 2021 is folklore by Taylor Swift. It has become my safe haven to listen to this album in my alone time. Alone time with your favorite music is necessary to sustain yourself and bring joy to your soul.

Why Do You Like Working in the CMA? I like working at the CMA because it is my favorite student center at Duke. I spent most of my time on campus in the CMA spaces during my freshman and sophomore year. As a senior, it's a great feeling to get to work closely with the CMA staff like Elmer, J'nai and Joie.

Position: Cultural Engagement Fund (CEF), Graduate Assistant
Class Year: 2022
Hometown: Rajasthan, India
Area of Study: Master of Engineering Management
Fun Fact: I have been a national-level table tennis player and a zonal-level volleyball player in India. I also do play a lot of other sports at a professional level.

Why do you like working for the CMA? Gives me the opportunity to engage and learn more about the co-curricular experiences of the diverse student community at Duke.

Position: Cultural & Identity Programming, Graduate Assistant (Asian/American Pacific Islander Communities)
Class Year: 2023
Hometown: Japan
Area of Study: Master of Divinity 
Fun Fact: I have competed in dance competitions. 

Why Do You Like Working in the CMA? As a member of international student community who left family and home country at a young age, I have often wrestled with the ways to belong to new communities, being "different" from the majority. Through working at the CMA, I want to create a brave space at Duke and beyond where everyone's story, identity, appearance, culture, religion, and more are empowered and manifested in unity, not uniformity.