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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. WIN is not just about giving money to Duke, but recognizes that influence and giving are strongly linked. We work closely with members to cultivate more women for volunteer leadership, 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.

Jamiee Williams smiling in the snow

Jamiee Elizabeth Williams ’21 is a civil engineering major from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her leadership endeavors include serving as program chair for Duke’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers; as program chair for a new organization for first-generation, low-income students on campus, DukeLIFE; as a college counselor for a new start up called Crimson, which involves weekly phone chats with high school students and advises them on their college application process; and is a newly accepted Pratt Grand Challenge Scholar. She is a member of the Bass Connections research design team examining solutions to minimizing the economic impacts of cascading disasters through news research, data analysis and programmed mapping. In her free time, Jamiee likes to work out, watch movies and hang out with close friends. This summer, Jamiee is interning with Skanska USA, a civil engineering and construction firm, and travel when she gets the chance. Jamiee is also a Questbridge Scholar, and plans to attend their Leadership Summit in San Francisco this summer. Jamiee is also a member of DEID, Duke Engineers for International Development, and is a part of their travel team. This summer she will be joining her team in Indonesia to begin the works for a new engineering systems project. Jamiee is a determined and focused learner that loves to be challenged and try new things.

Katie Taylor ’19

Sweta Kafle ’21 is a David M. Rubenstein Scholar pursuing a degree in Global Health and Biology. She is and heavily involved in the Hematology Rahima Zennadi Lab, where she is currently researching Sickle Cell Disease. Last summer as a Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Fellow, she worked with the Donohue Lab at Duke to understand the effects of maternal environmental temperature on the DNA methylation and phenotypic patterns of their progeny. Of that experience she wrote: “I find molecular biology and ecology fascinating, so this project was a beautiful marriage of these two fields. I’m from Nepal, where integrative medicine thrives, so I am intrigued by the use of herbal remedies across the globe. Ultimately, I am interested in the role of herbal medications in the modification of the epigenome. This emerging field of science provides an alternative lens to look at the effects of environmental factors on the expression of genes, and I think it will be worthwhile to study these effects in the future.“

Sweta is also a member of the “at home base” team for the Bass Connections project which aims to develop a mobile, phone-based community health program for hypertension control in Nepal. Although she couldn’t participate directly in fieldwork due to time conflicts with her Research fellowship, she was able to engage by analyzing previously conducted studies to better frame our understanding of hypertension in Nepal. The hills and farms around the Himalayan mountains are rich in culture and nature, yet are filled with severe health disparities. Sweta hopes to work with communities around the Himalayan mountains to provide health care. Sweta also serves as the Events Chair for the Duke Red Cross and delivers disaster relief education to the greater Durham community. She volunteers weekly at the Emergency Department at Duke Regional Hospital, and tutors refugee elementary schoolers. This summer she will intern at a hospital in Biratnagar, Nepal.

Lilliana Reyes Gaspar ’20

Lilliana Reyes Gaspar ’20 from Austin, Texas is pursuing a bachelor of arts in public policy. While at Duke, she has worked with The Chronicle as a photographer, tutored 5th graders through Partners for Success, participated in Duke Women’s Launch and is an office assistant for the Office of Access and Outreach. In addition, she is a member of Define American, an organization that seeks to shift the conversation about immigrants, identity and citizens in the Duke/Durham community, where she helped co-produce a video for their “Undocumented Awareness Week” on campus. Once she graduates, Lilli plans to attend law school to pursue a J.D. and become a lawyer.

Treniyyah Anderson ’20

Treniyyah Anderson ’20 is a first-generation college student from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At Duke, she studies cultural anthropology and global health while completing her prerequisites for an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree. Outside of the classroom, she is a work-study student and assistant researcher at the Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital. Having a passion for networking and traveling, she serves as a podcast host for Unapologetic Black Radio and co-president for the Global Education Student Committee at Duke. She has studied abroad in South Africa, focusing on global health issues, and Venice, Italy. With hopes of making a difference in both medicine and social interaction, Treniyyah plans to pursue her Ph.D. in nursing, specifically for pediatrics and/or drug/alcohol abuse.

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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.

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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.

Meet the Leadership Council



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 
bridget.booher@duke.edu 
(919) 613-9656