Our Staff

These dedicated individuals keep us on track.

Stacia Solomon (she/her/hers), Interim Director

Picture of Black woman smiling

Box 90880

A native of Charlotte, Stacia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management & Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Following a short career in the banking industry, Stacia became a K-12 educator before attending North Carolina State University where she earned her M.Ed. in Counseling with a concentration in College Student Development. She is currently pursuing her EdD in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University.

Prior to joining the Duke Career Center, Stacia held roles at North Carolina State University and the University of California San Diego serving diverse populations of graduate students in STEM fields and undergraduate students of all majors. Committed to the success of the whole person, Stacia is passionate about helping students to get to know themselves so that they can make informed career decisions.

A champion for equity, diversity, and inclusion, Stacia currently serves as chair of the Career Center Inclusion & Equity Committee and previously served on the university-wide Campus Climate Committee.

When she’s not helping students, Stacia enjoys traveling, collecting Trader Joe’s shopping bags, exploring different cuisines, and spending time with her family.

Trainings Stacia has completed:

  • Duke P.R.I.D.E.
  • UndocuAlly
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Ramadan 2023

Samaiyah Faison(She,Her,Hers) Assistant Director

Picture of a black woman smiling

Box 90880

Samaiyah Faison spent most of her childhood in the Bay Area of Northern California in a city called Cupertino. She has been residing in Raleigh, NC where she obtained her Bachelors in Social work with a minor in Women’s Studies. Samaiyah Faison has been an important part of the Duke Student Affairs community for five years. She is very passionate and excited about working with students. She enjoys working with students and providing mentorship, a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on. It was this passion for working with students that made her work on Black Muslim Talk Space and Friendsgiving some of the most enjoyable times.

Samaiyah has many years of experience in case management working with children with developmental delays and mental health issues both in Durham County and the Five counties of northern North Carolina such as Vance County, Warren County to name a few. She has a bachelors in social work and is looking to pursue her Master’s degree very soon. Samaiyah is wife, a mother to a beautiful daughter and a Gigi to her granddaughter who is always teaching her to value the beauty of life.

De'Ivyion Drew (She,They) Programming and Engagement Fellow

Box 90880

De'Ivyion Drew is a 2022 Duke/UNC Robertson Scholar graduate, De'Ivyion Drew serves the Mary Lou as their Programming and Engagement Fellow. They completed their degree in Studio Art with a minor in African Diasporic Studies. She loves all things Black art and spends her free time with family and her cat Osiris. During her time at Duke, they spent a good amount of time at the Lou and are excited to return to their home away from home in this new capacity! 

Mikala King(She,Her,Hers) Marketing and Communications Fellow

Picture of Black woman smiling

Box 90880

Mikala is a Durham native and grew up as a Duke Blue Devil fan. As a 2021 graduate of UNC Greensboro with a BA in Communication Studies, Mikala supports the marketing and communication efforts for all programming at The Lou. Mikala is passionate about creating meaningful relationships and safe spaces for all individuals. She takes pride in utilizing effective communication to better understand individuals as well as exhibit exceptional customer service, hospitality, and inclusivity. 

As an undergraduate, Mikala was a student leader serving as a Resident Advisor, Campus Tour Guide, Orientation Leader, Residential Senator for Student Government Association, and Community Service Chair for the Psi Sigma chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi the Professional Business Fraternity. 

 Outside of work, Mikala enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and listening to music. 

Abele Ambassadors

Undergraduate & Graduate and Professional Students

The Abele Ambassadors are undergraduate, graduate and/or professional students who work in our office, to complete front desk tasks, answer the phone, manage social media, design marketing materials, help install gallery exhibits, assist with special projects and PROMOTE the work of the Center by serving as Ambassadors, Interns or Fellows. These are part-time, paid positions working at least 5-10 hours per week. Student status is required. Federal or Duke work-study is preferred. The ambassadors have outgoing/engaging personality, strong organizational skills, demonstrated teamwork and leadership skills, computer literacy, office skills, creativity and an interest in Black People, Culture, History and the myriad of contributions we have made and are making at Duke and in the world.