For this blog post, some of the interns at the Women’s Center decided to share our personal history with feminism. We have all had different experiences and there isn’t a singular theme among our stories, but we hope that our experiences encourage others in the Duke community to explore what feminism means to them.


From Colleen O’Connor (Community Building and Organizing Intern): `


by Dorielle Obanor

In February of my freshmen year at Duke, I had the pleasure of meeting Samuel DuBois Cook, the first black tenured professor at Duke University. I had wandered in to the Mary Lou Williams Center to finish up some last minute work, but my attention soon turned to the small group of students surrounding Mr. Cook in the center of the room. I sat and listened as Dr. Cook articulated the various challenges, experiences, and changes that arose after accepting a teaching position at Duke.

There are those who talk and there are those who do.  WHO (Women's Housing Option) does.  This living group has set themself apart as more than just a place for women to live.  Concepts like "safe space", "social advocacy" and "community efficacy" come to mind when looking at the stirring and dynamic new campaign that was launched last week.  Body image issues are a reality in many of our lives.  The statistics that support this truth are alarming as words are spoken with little or no thought given to the lasting psychological impact that is left in the wake of commentaries on women's bodies.  It is encouraging to see that, with the photo expertise of Ashley Tsai, this group of women has created space to invite conversation, expand thought provoking images and develop the tools to initiate positive change.  All of our lives are affected when even one life is disrupted by the inability

Hello everyone! My name is Monika Jingchen Hu, a 2nd year PhD student in Department of Statistical Science. I am very glad to be one of the student bloggers for Student Affairs this academic year and I would like to tell you something about myself.

I was born and raised up in Mainland China until the age of 18. After that I spent 4 years in Hong Kong as an undergraduate student. Hong Kong is such a dynamic metropolitan city where Eastern and Western values collide and interact. In City University of Hong Kong I was majored in Mathematics and had a minor in Finance. Besides devotion to quantitative sciences, I have always had great interests in social sciences, so I started to think about applying my quantitative skills into social science studies. Gladly things worked out and I am now at Duke Statistics, working on statistical modeling in social sciences applications.