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Published on November 23, 2007

Author: Willi


Simone Randolph ’08  Simone Randolph ’08 Position of Interest: President Home Town: Cleveland, OH Majors: Political Science, Spanish | Minor: African and Afr. American Studies Interests: Music, Free styling Favorite Quote: “Stumbling is not falling” –Malcolm X Black Student Alliance Experience: Executive Vice President, 2006-2007; Public Affairs Chair, 2005-2006; Public Affairs Committee Member, 2004-2005 Qualifications: PA and EVP accomplishments Anticipated Goals for Organization: 3.0 and NOT BELOW; Black Faculty/Mentor Program; DB, Karamu, and UP; 40 years of BSA Commemoration; CCI accountability, Substantive Relationship with NCCU and Durham Communities What I have to offer: Determination, Tenacity, Knowledge of the organization, A dedication to perfection and excellence, Solution oriented Why I am unique: Love for BSA, Confidence, Desire to constantly improve What I am passionate about: “To whom much is given, much is required” Academic Excellence Eradicating Institutional Inequity Political Self-Efficacy Owing Duke HAVING FUN! I am prepared to lead Duke black undergraduates into the next phase of strengthening the tradition of excellence, a commitment that has sustained our organization for more than 40 years. Vanecie Delva ’09  Vanecie Delva ’09 Position of Interest: Executive Vice President Home Town: Miami, FL Major(s): Sociology, Japanese, Economics Interests: Dance, Community Service, Money Favorite Quote: “Carpe Diem!” Black Student Alliance Experience: BSA Secretary, 2006-2007; Freshman Representative, 2005-2006 Qualifications: Mary Lou Williams intern, America Reads Head Tutor, PCOBA, Dance Black Anticipated Goals for Organization: As Executive Vice President I plan to work hands on with Team Mary Lou, the committee chairs as well as the incoming freshman. What I have to offer: My wits, smile and cooperation Why I am unique: Because I am the only Vanecie Delva on the planet! What I am passionate about: Helping others I am personable and approachable; I have the drive, motivation, poise, ideas, heart and am eager to continue to lead BSA in the direction of progression and success. Slide3:  Andrew George ’08 Position of Interest: Treasurer Home Town: Bangor, ME Major(s): Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Spanish, Latin American Studies Interests: Reading, anime, Tyler Perry movies Favorite Quote: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” –The Color Purple Black Student Alliance Experience: Treasurer, 2006-2007; Academic Affairs Committee Member, 2004-2006 Qualifications: Bangor Savings Bank account specialist (2002-present, work during school breaks), OSAF work study student, current BSA Treasurer Anticipated Goals for Organization: to continue to carry on the legacy of excellence of the African American student at Duke University and beyond What I have to offer: I am the current BSA Treasurer; I know how the position is run and I would not require any training. Why I am unique: I am motivated, enthusiastic, and always willing to help. What I am passionate about: I care about Black students here at Duke, and I also care deeply about equality for all, no matter what their skin color is. I am ready and willing to serve as the 2007-2008 Black Student Alliance Treasurer, and I am looking forward to helping the executive committee to develop a budget for the programs that will be held in the near future . Slide4:  Awa Nur ’10 Position of Interest: Academic Affairs Chair Home Town: Herndon, VA Major(s): Conflict Resolution and Economic Development (East Africa) Interests: Tribal Conflicts and democratic institutions. Favorite Quote: “He's not good: He is a turnover waiting to happen." –Anon Black Student Alliance Experience: Academic Affairs Committee Member, 2006-2007 Public Affairs Committee Member, 2006-2007 Qualifications: Accessibility, experience, and interest. Anticipated Goals for Organization: To mobilize and move to the forefront of what’s happening at Duke What I have to offer: My familiarity with the Duke administration and it’s inner workings. Why I am unique: I believe that I can affect change in how the black community interacts with academics. What I am passionate about: Ending modern-day slavery in the world, The Chicago Bulls, and Duke Basketball. I am prepared to ask the tough questions and get to the bottom of the GPA disparity within the Duke community in terms of race. Slide5:  Ashley Banks ’09 Position of Interest: Public Affairs Committee Chair Home Town: Winston-Salem, NC Major: Political Science Minor: African and African American Studies Interests: Politics, Music, Reading, Shopping Favorite Quote: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 Black Student Alliance Experience: Public Affairs Committee Member, 2005-2006; 2006-2007 Qualifications: Organized, Efficient, Dedicated, Excited Wilson House Council 2005-2006 (Treasurer) Campus Council, Finance Committee 2006-2007 Crowell Quad Council 2006-2007 Student Assistant, Fuqua School of Business 2005-2007 Anticipated Goals for Organization: Enhancing the programs to incorporate more topics and encourage larger audiences is of utmost importance. I hope to build off of the momentum of this year’s committee in order to continue working with other on-campus groups and groups at other schools to facilitate communication, mobilization and interaction. What I Have to Offer: My interest in and study of politics corresponds directly with the mission of the Public Affairs Committee. I have experience working with this committee and with other on-campus organizations. I have an understanding of what is necessary to help expand the visibility and accessibility of the organization. What I am passionate about: Politics; Activism and Involvement; Human Rights; My family It is direly necessary for our generation to be aware of current events, politics, and their effects on us and our future. Although it is easy for students to become caught up in the “Duke bubble” and ignore the external community, we must actively seek to avoid becoming socially ignorant citizens. Kandace Tanisha Jones ’09  Kandace Tanisha Jones ’09 Position of Interest: Social Chair Home Town: Virginia Beach, VA Major(s): Psychology Interests: living life, being happy, children, music Favorite Quote: ”Please wake me when I’m free. I cannot bear captivity. For I would rather be stricken blind, than to live without expression of mind.” ~ Tupac Amaru Shakur Black Student Alliance Experience: Social Committee Member 2005-2007 Qualifications: Social Committee member for 2 years Future is Now member for 1 ½ years, exec for 1 Anticipated Goals for Organization: continue hosting the activities we planned this year, including the Legends Ball next February What I have to offer: cooperation, an open mind, and fresh ideas Why I am unique: I can be kind, blunt, and refreshing all in one sentence What I am passionate about: the kiddies I work hard and am willing to help others if necessary. I know that being social committee chair does not mean that I cannot aid other committees when necessary. Nor would I mind people on the executive committee providing their input. Slide7:  Stephanie A. McCalmon ‘08 Position of Interest: Social Chair Home Town: Queens, NYC Major(s): Sociology Interests: anything fabulous Favorite Quote: “fail to prepare is to prepare to fail” –old Proverb/my daddy Black Student Alliance Experience: Social Committee member 2006-2007 Qualifications: currently on Social Committee co-Vice President of SOCA programming assistant in the Multicultural Center Anticipated Goals for Organization: quality programming in line with the mission of BSA efficient planning/delegation of tasks increase inclusion and involvement of the entire Duke community What I have to offer: I am driven, organized, a team worker, and enthusiastic Why I am unique: I celebrate difference What I am passionate about: living & learning I am a charismatic, dedicated, community-oriented leader. I am excited to potentially work within BSA to advocate for and hold programs for the Black community at Duke. Cadene A. Russell ’10  Position of Interest: Outreach Chair Home Town: Ft. Lauderdale, FL Major(s): BAA; Psychology; AAAS; Public Policy Interests: Dance, Music, Research Favorite Quote: “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” - William Jennings Bryan Black Student Alliance Experience: Freshman Representative, 2006-2007; BSAI Weekend Steering Committee; Upperclassmen Reflections; “The Real Deal” and Black Faculty Brunch BSAI Fashion Show Qualifications: (Please List) Freshman Representative: Coordinated a Black Student Alliance Freshman Study Break to foster a sense of community among black freshman at Duke Black Women’s Retreat: Class of 2010 Chairperson, Chosen to serve as the Chair for the Class of 2010; Have the role of planning and coordinating the 1st Annual Black Women’s Retreat Community Involvement: The Girls’ Club Mentor, Mentor at Hillside High School Anticipated Goals for Organization: I plan to see that the organization flourishes as a model of success and achievement for all Duke students as well as advocate for the importance of building a bridge between the Duke and Durham communities. Why I am unique: I believe in “servant leadership.” I choose to serve first, and then lead as a way of expanding service to individuals and institutions. What I have to offer: I am one of those types of people that seeks to “change the world.” I am committed and able to bring change in the Duke community. What I am passionate about: I am passionate about working to engage black students at Duke. I am passionate about living life and taking advantages of the many opportunities afforded to me. The goal of BSA is to “to support and advocate on behalf of black students in order to enhance Duke academically, socially, and culturally.” I plan on perpetuating these ideals through exemplifying excellence throughout my Duke career as well as providing ways to help lift the black community. Cadene A. Russell ’10 Slide9:  Sydney Thomas ’10 Position of Interest: Outreach Chair Home Town: San Diego, CA Major(s): Undeclared Interests: Dancing, Shopping, Hanging out with friends and family Favorite Quote: “Faith is to be sure of the things you hope for, and certain of the things you cannot see.” -Hebrews 11:1 Black Student Alliance Experience: BSAI co-chair: 2006-2007 Qualifications: member of Project BUILD which has given me access to various community service organizations in the community, member of FIN, IMPACT and Dance BLACK which has allowed me to get to know the people who I will be collaborating with when organizing the community service projects Anticipated Goals for Organization: to create a community service project that is not only to better the Durham community, but that is done in conjunction with members of the Durham community What I have to offer: A unique point of view, previous leadership experience, an outgoing personality and an accommodating nature. Also, I can promise you that when I commit to something I pursue it to my utmost ability. Why I am unique: Quietly, I have an outie belly button  What I am passionate about: my family, my education, Duke, bettering the communities that I am a part of and my friends I am a very outgoing and responsible person. Because I am outgoing, I will be able to reach out to the people I need to in order to make these projects a success and because I am responsible, I will prevent as many mishaps as possible. Slide10:  Ade Sawyer ’10 Position of Interest: Historian Home Town: Stone Mountain, GA Major(s): Undeclared, but considering Public Policy and History Interests: Music, Photography Favorite Quote: “Circumstances change… and past primacy is nor guarantee of future primacy.” –Jared Diamond Black Student Alliance Experience: Public Affairs Committee Member, 2006-2007 Qualifications: Professional photography experience with Camerashy Photography Inc., President of high school Natl. Honor Society, Treasurer/Parliamentarian of Brothers of Leadership & Distinction/ Ladies of Distinction (high school) Anticipated Goals for Organization: Increase collaboration with other campus entities to increase BSA’s stake in total campus culture. What I have to offer: A desire to serve, and willingness to address challenges directly. Why I am unique: I’m always searching for new lessons and information that can help me navigate through life. What I am passionate about: Learning and knowing more about the world and helping other people advance themselves while I do so for myself. I’m also passionate about understanding hip hop music and culture with respect to its reflection of, and influence on society.. I am blessed. Not because of my own virtue, and not for my own sake.

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