Campus Life


Zoila Airall, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for Campus Life
101 Bryan Center
125 Sciencel Drive
Box 90959
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: 919-684-3737
Fax: 919-681-7873

Zoila Airall, Ph.D., has more than 25 years of experience in student affairs and institutional diversity. She arrived at Duke in 2002, and oversees eight departments within Student Affairs.

Airall began her career in student affairs in 1981 as assistant dean and coordinator of counseling and testing services at Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va., where she served for four years. After that, she took a job as Assistant Dean in residence at the University of Pennsylvania, which she held for three years. In 1988, Airall was promoted to Associate Director, where she managed Residence Life Staff and developed a residential judicial board. In 1996, Airall joined Bryn Mawr and became Director for Institutional Diversity. At Bryn Mawr, she developed an infrastructure to address diversity challenges across the institution, established the college’s first multi-cultural center and developed of a women’s leadership course.

Airall holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ed.M. in Counseling and Human Development from Teachers College of Columbia University, and a B.A. in U.S. History and Sociology from Douglass College, Rutgers University. In addition to her responsibilities in Student Affairs, she also teaches courses in Anthropology of Education, and advises first year and sophomore pre-major students.

Abdullah Antepli, Muslim Chaplain, Duke University/Adjunct Faculty of Islamic Studies
406 Swift Avenue
Box 90933
Durham, NC 27705-4831
Office Phone: 919-61316780

Imam Abdullah completed his basic training and education in his native Turkey. From 1996-2003 he worked on a variety of faith-based humanitarian and relief projects in Myanmar (Burma) and Malaysia with the Association of Social and Economic Solidarity with Pacific Countries. He is the founder and executive board member of the Muslim Chaplains Association and a member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains. From 2003 to 2005 he served as the first Muslim chaplain at Wesleyan University. He then moved to Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, where he was the associate director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program & Interfaith Relations, as well as an adjunct faculty member. His responsibilities included syllabus and curriculum development, student recruitment, and leadership of interfaith projects. In the summer of 2009, Imam Abdullah completed his doctor of ministry project at Hartford Seminary, titled “Muslim Campus Ministry: Challenges and Opportunities.” As the Muslim chaplain at Duke University, he is one of only a handful of full-time Muslim chaplains at U.S. colleges and universities. His work at Duke focuses on three primary areas: religious leadership for Duke's Muslim community; pastoral care and counseling for persons of any faith, or of no ascribed faith; and intra- and interfaith work.

In addition to his pastoral duties, Imam Abdullah also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Divinity School and teaches introductory courses on Islam. A proverbial presence on campus, he engages students, faculty, and staff through seminars, panels, and other avenues to provide an Islamic voice to discussions of faith, spirituality, social justice and other topics.

Bernadette Brown, Director, Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity
100 Bryan Center
Box 90958
Durham, NC 27708-0958
Phone: 919-684-6607

Fax: 919-684-2543

Bernadette is a social justice advocate who was born and raised in Detroit. Her intellectual pursuits mainly involve uncovering scholarship pertaining to, and cultivating relationships with people who desire to implement, equitable systems and policies that incorporate an intersectional lens with respect to race and ethnicity, religion, political ideology, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

Prior to joining Duke in 2015, her professional experience included serving as a senior program specialist at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency where she managed a program on LGBTQI youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in California; serving as faculty for The National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Resource Center, where she developed and delivered the LGBTI portion of the PREA training for those seeking to become certified PREA auditors by the U.S. Department of Justice; and serving as a policy director for Michigan’s statewide LGBT equal rights organization. Bernadette began her career as a public defender in New York City. In 2009, she was selected as a fellow for the inaugural cohort of the Pipeline Project’s 21st Century Fellows Program, a national program designed to promote and support LGBT leaders of color. Bernadette received her BA in Anthropology from Columbia University and her JD from Boston University. She is admitted to the New York State Bar.

When she’s not busy advocating for justice, Bernadette loves spending time with her teen son, hiking, finding restaurants with tasty gluten-free menus, watching stand-up comedians, and reading really long suspense novels replete with obscure terminology.

Li-Chen Chin, Director of Intercultural Programs
2022 Campus Drive
Durham NC, 27708
Office Phone: 919-684-5480

Li-Chen is responsible for establishing a vision, policies, and programs that support the needs of multicultural students and international students, scholars and families. She acts as chief advocate for these groups, and plays a key role in efforts to encourage a multicultural, global perspective on campus. She manages all aspects of Center for Multicultural Affairs and International House operation, including overseeing all the staff. In addition, she serves as a pre-major advisor for undergraduates.

Li-Chen received her B.A. in music from National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei and her M.M. and Ph.D. in music education from the University of Oregon in Eugene.  She is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.  Prior to joining Duke in 2008, she worked in Bryn Mawr College, the University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State University, and the University of Oregon.

Li-Chen enjoys playing clarinet and piano, reading, traveling, taking walks, cooking, and arts and crafts.  She is also an avid fan of Tetris/Welltris.

Anita Foreman, 
Staff Assistant

101 Bryan Center

Box 90959

Durham, NC 27708

Office Phone: 919-684-3737

Fax: 919-681-7873

Chandra Guinn, Director of the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture
101 Flowers Building
Box 90880
Office Phone: 919-684-3814
Fax: 919-681-7472

Chandra is a native Mississippian who lived in Iowa & Maryland before making her home in the Triangle. She came to Duke in October 2005. Chandra has completed degrees in Sociology at Bucknell University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her scholarly interests include Africana Studies historiography & pedagogy, Black women’s & men’s studies, intellectual entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and sociology of sport to name but a few. Chandra possesses a passion for her people and a desire to provide programs and services that propel us forward ever and backward never. In regards to her work at the Mary Lou Williams Center, Chandra has said "I feel privileged to serve as the Center director and will always strive to demonstrate excellence in action." When she is away from the MLWC, Chandra enjoys educational outings & travel, watching sports & design shows, and going to used bookstores among other things.

Stephanie Helms Pickett, Director of the Women's Center
107 Few Fed Building
420 Chapel Drive
Box 90920
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  919-681-6883
Fax:  919-681-6885

Stephanie Helms Pickett holds a Bachelor’s degree in Radio & Television Broadcasting from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; and a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University.  She is presently serving as the Director of the Women’s Center in the Division of Student Affairs at Duke University and Visiting Professor in the Program in Education.  She has previously worked at Bennett College for Women, the North Carolina Department of Instruction, the Durham Public School System, Meredith College, Barton College, North Carolina State University and Clark Atlanta University. She is a member of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and a Board Member of the Beautiful Project that teaches self-esteem through photography for young girls.  She is married and her blended family includes parenting two 20 year olds, Charles Pickett, Jr. and Niani Ameh; and one dog, Diamond Star.  She has published two books, “Later Never Came Until Now” and “Her Name is SHE.”  She is presently working on her third book.

Clarybel Peguero, Assistant Dean of Fraternity & Sorority Life
07 Bryan Center
125 Science Drive
Box 90840
Office Phone: 919-684-5617

Clarybel joined the staff in August of 2008. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University and also holds a Masters in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina. She has over 11 years of experience in the field and has had the pleasure of working at American University, Johns Hopkins University, Boston College and most recently the University of Virginia.  Clarybel loves visitors so please stop by her office to say hello.

Chris Roby, Director of the University Center Activities & Events
036 Bryan Center
125 Science Drive
Box 90834
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: 919-684-4741
Fax: 919-684-8395

Chris provides leadership and direction for the Office of Student Activities and Facilities by establishing strategic goals and objectives and organizational structures and strategies. He oversees administrative support for student organizations on issues such as new group formation, recognition, advising, programming, organizational problem solving and funding. He develops and implements policies and procedures, and ensures resource stewardship and security for all student related, non-residential, social and student organization facilities (including the Bryan Center, the West Union and East Union, Duke Coffeehouse, the Outpost adventure gear station - home of Duke Bikes, and the West Campus Plaza). Additionally, Chris serves as the advisor for the Duke Student Government (DSG).

Educational Background:
--M.S. Management - National-Louis University
--B.S. Political Science - Eckerd College

Past Professional Experience:
--Director of the Oglesby Union, Florida State University
--Associate Director of the Oglesby Union, Florida State University
--Director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs, University of Miami
--Assistant Dean of Students, Eckerd College

Professional Associations:
--National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
--Association of College Unions International (ACUI)
--National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS)

Research Interests:
--Organizational change
--Innovation and creativity

Personal Interests:
--Family stuff (Nancy, Jake, Zach and Emma)
--All Boston professional sports teams
--Going to art museums and antique stores
--Keeping my sense of the ridiculous

Rebecca Simons, Director for Jewish Life at Duke
415 Faber Street
Box 90936
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: 919-681-2911
Fax: 919-684-6451

Rebecca oversees all the programs of Jewish Life at Duke and ensures they meet the needs of students and the university community. Rebecca has a master’s in Jewish Education from Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and chairs the national Hillel Directors’ Cabinet. She came to Duke in 2005 from the UCLA Hillel after working at Camp Ramah in California and Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn, N.Y. She holds a bachelor’s in biology and in Jewish and near eastern studies as well as a masters in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. She has worked as a pediatric physical therapist.