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Maij Vu Mai joined Duke in September of 2021 and currently serves as an Assistant Director in the CMA. In their current role, Maij’s work focuses on the AAPI community Asian/American and Pacific Islander communities at Duke, providing programs and services in the areas of community engagement, multicultural education, social justice education, and leadership development.
Maij is a BlackVietnameseBipolarTransNonbinaryQueer hailing from Charlotte, NC. Their formal education consists of a B.A. in Sociology and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and a M.Div. from Wake Forest University, where they also served as the graduate assistant of Wake’s LGBTQ+ Center for 3 years. A creative visionary, organizer, and liberation companion from the South, his soul work centers the bodies, voices, and lived experiences of oppressed peoples striving to transform their imaginations and worlds. Maij is and will forever be a student of community liberation and their work and curiosities are informed by the following questions: What does liberation actually look like? What does it feel like? Taste like? Smell like? Breathe like? And do our current imaginations and practices match our understanding and dreams of liberation?
Some of Maij’s favorite activities include laying out in warm patches of sunlight, engaging in new and creative projects (that they may or may not be good at), and nurturing their houseplants and dog, Lorde.