Current Members

Milan Hamilton

Milan is a senior majoring in Psychology with a Minor in Education and a Certificate in Child Policy Research. On campus, she serves as the Vice President for Defining Movement, a multicultural dance team. She is also a part of a Bass Connections Research team focused on service learning and tutors elementary students in Durham Public Schools. Upon graduation, Milan plans to spend 2 years doing a fellowship program before earning her Masters in Education Policy and eventually start her own Education Nonprofit Organization.

Stepmistress

De'Ja Wood

De’Ja is a junior majoring in Political Science and African and African-American Studies with a certificate in Human Rights. On campus, she serves as the Duke NAACP Chapter President and is on the Black Student Alliance Leadership Team. She has also served on the President’s Working Group for Community and Dialogue, Harassment Grievance Board, the President’s Council on Black Affairs, and the Harassment Grievance Board. After her undergraduate career, she plans to attend law school with the ultimate goal of practicing civil rights litigation and influencing policy that disproportionately and negatively affect communities of color. 

Community Service Chair

Jasmine Nevil

Jasmine is a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry. On campus, she is a member of the Duke University Marching Band, National Society of Black Engineers, and the Duke Pre-Dental Society. This year she will also be serving as a resident assistant on West Campus. Jasmine’s career plans entail going to dental school and eventually owning her own dental practice.

Secretary

Nia El-Amin

Nia is a rising junior majoring in Cultural Anthropology, minoring in Visual and Media Studies and pursuing a certificate in Markets and Management Studies. Nia is involved in WISER, is a member of the layout team for Form Magazine, and works as a student aid in the Rubenstein Library. After Duke she hopes to work in product management and User Experience Design.

Peace Okpoko

Peace is a senior majoring in African and African American Studies (African Focus) with double minors in Biology and Chemistry. On campus, she serves as a Research Assistant for the Freedland Lab at the Durham VA Medical Center, a volunteer at the Duke Children's Hospital and is the Community Outreach Co-chair for DukeAFRICA. After Duke, she plans to do a specialized Masters Program then go to Medical School. Her dream career is to eventually become a Pediatrician, practicing both in the United States and in Nigeria. 

Treasurer

Akylah Cox

Akylah Cox is a junior majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Dance Studies. On campus she serves as the PCI Chair for Duke NSBE, is an active member of Defining Movement (DefMo), and works as a co-researcher in the Weisner Lab that studies the bioavailability of nanoparticles. After Duke, she plans obtain either a Master’s or Doctorates degree in Engineering Management before seeking industry level positions. 

Cara Kim

Cara is a senior majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Cultural Anthropology and a certificate in Human Rights. On campus, she serves on the National Panhellenic Council executive board as second vice president and is musical director of United in Praise, Duke’s undergraduate gospel choir. After graduating, Cara plans to work in the performing arts industry.

Chaplain, Corresponding Secretary

Allonna Walker

Allonna Walker is a senior double majoring in Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies, with a minor in History, all while being on the pre-med track.  On campus, she is involved in The Girls Club, Female Empowerment in More Math Engineering and Science, Project BUILD, National Pan-Hellenic Council PR Rep and works at the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture and Blue Devils Premium Services in the Duke Tower and Champions Club. After graduating, she plans on taking a gap year to work and take more classes before Medical School and expand her family run charity foundation, the Christiana Gordon Foundation, which works with young children in Chester Castle, Jamaica, W.I., by inspiring and aiding them to achieve academic.

 

Parliamentarian

Dara Sontan

Dara Sontan is a junior majoring in Sociology and minoring in Chemistry on the pre-med track. On campus, she serves as Vice President of Spoken Verb and both Content Creator and Secretary for The Bridge Magazine. Upon graduating, Dara intends to continue her education at medical school and become a general pediatric surgeon.

Social Chair

Elise Malone

Elise is a junior majoring in Biology with a concentration in Animal Behavior and double-minoring in Global Cultural Studies and Computational Biology & Bioinformatics. On campus, she is involved in the Duke Environmental Alliance, serves as a board member for Duke’s First-Year Advisory Council, and is employed at the Duke University Box Office. After graduating, Elise plans to be a conservation biologist and hopes to work with prominent organizations such as the United Nations Environment Programme or the World Wildlife Fund. 

Webmistress

Gia Cummings

Gia Cummings is a junior majoring in Public Policy with an International Policy focus and a minor in Global Health. On campus, she serves as a board member for the First-Year Advisory Council, edits for The Bridge, and is the Undergraduate Research Assistant for the University Archives. After graduation, she plans to either obtain a master’s degree or attend law school in order to create an impact on reproductive health access for female-bodied people worldwide. 

Michyla Greene

Michyla Greene is a junior majoring in Biology and minoring in Global Health. On campus she works as a lab assistant in the Amboseli Baboon Lab. She also does health policy research through Duke’s Bass Connections program and enjoys volunteering with Future Is Now which focuses on instilling positive forces in the lives of underrepresented 4th-6th grade girls. In the future Michyla plans to pursue a medical degree in hopes of extending adequate medical care to underserved communities while also penetrating the health policy field to transform America’s healthcare system into one that is more equitable for all.

Fundraising Chair

Lauren Howell

Lauren is a rising junior majoring in Public Policy Studies, minoring in Education, and receiving the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Certificate. On campus, she is an Embedded Writing Consultant for the Thompson Writing Program, Communications Chairperson for Spoken Verb, and a Y.O.U. at Duke Facilitator. She also teaches a House Course entitled, “Women in Politics,” and frequently tutors and serves as a Teaching Assistant to various schools in the Durham community. After Duke, she plans to further her academic endeavors through a coordinated JD/PhD program before pursuing her interest in politics. 

Historian

Kaili Simien

Kaili is a senior majoring in Public Policy with an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate. On campus, Kaili is involved with the Last Day of Classes Committee, does policy work for the DADA (Durham Audio Described Art) Project, and is employed by the Duke Athletic Ticket Office. Upon graduation, Kaili plans to work for a few years doing public relations for luxury brands before attending graduate school. 

President

Kiamya Philson

Kiamya is a rising senior studying Sociology with minors in African American Studies and Neuroscience. On campus, Kiamya volunteers with FEMMES and McKids, is employed by Duke University Stores, and will be working to complete her Honors Thesis. After Duke, she plans to attend graduate school to earn her Master’s in Public Health and continue on to do research on health behaviors or social determinants of health

Vice President

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