Dr. Zoila Airall: The Epitome of Diversity


An interview by Jamie Woo, published hercampus.

As a Duke senior (oh god), I’ve had the privilege of taking courses with some lovely and enthralling professors. Dr. Airall, not only professor of Anthropology & Education, but also the Assistant Vice President of Campus Life, certainly tops that list. Her list of responsibilities, and her popularity, seems endless. As the oversight administrator over seven cultural centers, which include: the LGBT Center, Women’s Center, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Center for Multi-cultural Affairs, International House, Center for Jewish Life, and Center for Muslim Life, she works with a lot of campus leaders, and has maintained connections with many former students. She also serves as the liaison from student affairs to the religious life staff at the chapel and works with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and University Center for Activities and Events (UCAE). What a mouthful! Whenever I meet with her or see her interact with other students, I’m always humbled and impressed by her superb memory of what’s going on in other students’ lives; asking questions and giving advice are not unusual for Dr. Airall.

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