Campus Life


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101 Bryan Center
125 Science Drive
Box 90937
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: 919-684-3737
Fax: 919-681-7873

Dr. Shruti Desai (she, her, hers) currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs for Campus Life at Duke University where she leads a dynamic tem committed to identity consciousness through programming and storytelling, leadership, fraternity and sorority life, professional development, and marketing and communications. Prior to that, she served as the Chief of Staff for the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to her role at WashU she served Assistant Vice President at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL where she oversaw Title IX, Counseling Services, and Residential Life. Shruti held professional roles in Residence Life at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Kansas, and Texas Tech University.
Shruti has served as adjunct faculty at the George R. Warren Brown School of Social Work and Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis and the co-chair elect of NASPA’s Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community. Most recently, she co-authored Identity-Conscious Supervision in Student Affairs: Building Relationship & Transforming Institutions, which was published by Routledge.
Shruti’s research examines resilience in women of color in Senior Student Affairs Officer roles. Shruti has worked to lead systemic change for LGBT and individuals of color for students and professional staff. Shruti presents regionally and nationally on identity conscious supervision, creating supportive cultures for marginalized identities, building a culture of assessment, and resilience. Shruti is an alumnus of the Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI) as well as a past faculty and intern with SJTI. Her passion lies around getting beyond the false binary of race in America, examining identity as intersections of power and privilege and data as storytelling.


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.

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125 Science Drive
0010 Bryan Center
Box 90917
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: 919-684-6756
Fax: 919-681-7565
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Linda serves as Director of the Center for Multicultural Affairs. She provides oversight of our orientation programs, Organic & Physics learning communities, our annual signature program, Unity Through Diversity (UTD).  She also advises student organizations which keeps her connected to the way students experience leadership development.  As a former classroom teacher, Linda finds that working in higher ed has been the perfect venue to expand her interests in student development.  The endless opportunities to view students' unique and diverse experiences through a multicultural lens has been a remarkable career experience.

Professional interests include but are not limited to women's issues, students of color in STEM, and supporting peer learning communities which are a blueprint for successful leadership development.

Linda loves watching suspense/thriller movies,  decorating,  and baking bread.  She also enjoys a wide range of music from classical to country.


001 Crowell Building
10 Epworth Lane, East Campus
Box 90920
Durham, NC 27708-0920
Phone: (919) 681-9257
Fax: (919) 681-6885

Krystal George joined the Duke Women's Center in 2015 and is the Assistant Director for Educational Initiatives. She is responsible for providing expertise in the creation, development, assessment of services related to gender based violence for the Duke community. She oversees the implementation of environmental prevention, intervention, education and training efforts to engage undergraduate, graduate and professional students in the reduction and elimination of gender based violence on campus.

Krystal is a 2007 graduate of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Health Education. In 2008, she received professional certification through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. and received her Masters of Public Administration from Strayer University at RTP in 2009. Krystal worked over 6 years at the NCCU Women's Center, where she found a passion for helping survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and also educating the community about this issue. Working at the Duke Women's Center has allowed her to motivate female students on campus professionally and personally, as well as raise the awareness of gender violence to the university through prevention.

Favorite Quote: The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within strength, courage, dignity. -Ruby Dee

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.


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.  

101 Bryan Center
125 Science Drive
Box 90834
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: 919-684-4741
Fax: 919-684-8395


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.

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101 Flowers Building
Box 90880
Office Phone: 919-684-3814
Fax: 919-681-7472