Campus Life



101 Bryan Center
125 Science 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.


100 Bryan Center
Box 90958
Durham, NC 27708-0958
Phone: 919-684-6607
Fax: 919-684-2543

Nick Antonicci began his career at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as a Psychology and Spanish student. While at UW Oshkosh, he became heavily involved in Residence Life, the LGBT campus community, a campus initiative focusing on educating students on healthy relationships, and the academic advising center. Nick later accepted a graduate assistantship in Residence Life at the University of Denver where as a graduate student he studied Higher Education with an emphasis on Diversity and Social Justice. After graduate school, Nick became a Residence Life Coordinator at the Colorado School of Mines where he had a collateral focused on diversity and social justice.

In his free time, Nick enjoys running, yoga and spending time outdoors. He fully admits his geekness when it comes to video games, and sci-fi and fantasy literature and tv shows. Nick also spends time combing through the local animal shelters looking for a pet companion.

If you ask Nick about the times in his career where he has been most happy, he will smile, and gladly tell you about the times he has spent working with LGBT students and creating a more welcoming and inclusive campus community for LGBT students, staff and faculty. This realization is what led him to to Duke University as the Program Coordinator for the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Life.


2022 Campus Drive
Durham NC, 27708
Office Phone: 919-684-5480

Li-Chen is responsible for providing leadership for the development, implementation and assessment of intercultural programs and services in support of the strategic plan for Student Affairs and global mission of the University.  She oversees the operations of the Center for Multicultural Affairs, International House and Muslim Life at Duke.  She also serves as an academic advisor for first and second year students in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, and is an affiliated faculty with Program in Education. 

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.  Prior to joining Duke in 2008, she worked at Bryn Mawr College, the University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State University, and the University of Oregon.

In her free time, Li-Chen enjoys playing clarinet and piano, reading, cooking, crocheting, and spoiling her dogs. 

1415 Faber Street
Box 90936
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: 919-681-2911
Fax: 919-684-6451

Joyce Gordon joined us as Director for Jewish Life in July of 2018. Previously, Joyce served for eight years as the Executive Director of Judea Reform Congregation, a 600+ family Reform synagogue in Durham, and also held roles at Meals on Wheels Durham, Spoonflower, and Duke University Medical Center and Alumni Affairs. Joyce has a breadth of experience in everything from Jewish program development, fundraising, and financial management to mishloach manot stuffing, envelope stuffing, and matzoh and mushroom stuffing. She is excited to connect with students at this formative time in their lives, and to be a resource for them on their personal Jewish journeys. 

Joyce received her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University. She lives in Durham with her husband and her two children, and enjoys reading, quilting, and board games with family and friends.


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 regard 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.


036 Bryan Center
125 Science Drive
Box 90834
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: 919-684-2190

As Senior Director for Student Engagement, Pittman provides leadership and direction for a team of 12 full time staff members within the Center for Leadership Development and Social Action, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Student Involvement. His team's portfolio includes the advisement for all student organizations, Duke Student Government, the Graduate and Professional Student Council, DuArts, the four Councils within Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the programmatic and administrative oversight of the Arts Annex.  Pittman's 25 year career in higher education includes having worked in University Housing at the University of Tennessee, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the University of South Carolina, before serving as the Director of Student Activities at Florida State University.  His passion for teaching and facilitation includes having taught the First Year Experience course at University of South Carolina for 6 years, serving the non-profit organization, LeaderShape, for 20 years, and is highlighted most recently in his partnership with the School of Engineering, in designing a first year seminar, Thrive, for 50 freshman students.  


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 Brodhead Center 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


406 Swift Ave
Box 90933
Durham, NC 27708
Office: 919-613-6780

Joshua Salaam has strong roots in the American Muslim community. He started attending national Muslim youth camps at the age of 12 and continued as a participant, counselor and speaker for over 30 years. Joshua entered the U.S. Air Force in 1995 and served as a Police officer for four years. He was a key contributor in establishing Friday prayer services on base for Muslim military members and went on to serve as an Imam in Goldsboro, NC for several years. After the military, Joshua immersed himself in community activism. He managed the Civil Rights department for the Council on American-Islamic Relations from 2000-2004 and helped oversee a Baltimore Muslim community and neighborhood development project from 2004-2007. Before starting at Duke in July 2018, Joshua worked with youth and families for 11 years at one of the largest Muslim communities in America. His diverse background gives him a unique perspective on many issues and helps him connect with students. He holds a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies with a focus in Christian/Muslim relations from Hartford Seminary. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry.