Center for Multicultural Affairs

CMA Staff

Linda Capers, Director

125 Science Drive
0010 Bryan Center
Box 90917
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: 919-684-6756
Fax: 919-681-7565
lfc@duke.edu
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.

Emily Chavez, Associate Director

125 Science Drive
006A Bryan Center
Box 90917
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: 919-684-6756
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

In her role as CMA Associate Director, Emily provides multicultural and social justice education and leadership development training to students. She also supervises the Student Development Coordinators.

Emily brings over twelve years of experience in education. She was a high school teacher for six years, first in Philadelphia, then in Durham. Previous to joining the CMA, Emily served as the Outreach Program Coordinator for the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke for five years. She co-founded the African Diaspora Fellows Program, a professional development program for secondary teachers, and the Learning through Languages High School Research Symposium, a competition for NC world language students. Emily holds a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and Education with a minor in Women's Studies from Swarthmore College, an M.A. in Teaching from Duke University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University. 

J'nai Adams, Assistant Director

0010 Bryan Center
Box 90917
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  919-684-6756
Fax:  919-681-7565
jnai.adams@duke.edu
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

J’nai joined the CMA as a Student Development Coordinator in August 2013. As the Assistant Director, J’nai’s responsibilities include managing the Cultural Engagement Fund, overseeing the Center’s marketing and branding efforts, Native American Heritage Month, Duke Powwow, and coordinating the annual SHE Luncheon.

J’nai is an advocate for her students and serves as advisor for the Native American Student Alliance (NASA), the Center for Race Relations (CRR), and Common Ground. J’nai finds it especially gratifying developing relationships with students, campus and community partners in hopes of creating a more inclusive environment on campus.

J’nai holds a B.A in English and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. During her free time, J’nai enjoys reading, traveling, music, exploring new restaurants, Zumba, and spending time with her family, and friends.

Student Development Coordinator - Vacant 

 

Elmer Orellana, Student Development Coordinator

125 Science Drive
006A Bryan Center
Box 90917
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: 919-684-6756
Fax: 919-681-7565
elmer.orellana@duke.edu
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Elmer  was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and moved at the age of 7 with his family to the United States. He claims the 804, Richmond, VA as his hometown. Elmer Orellana joined the CMA team in June of 2018. He serves as one of the Student Development Coordinators in the CMA. His primary responsibilities include facilitating educational programming and support for students who identify as Latinx; coordinating Latinx Heritage Month (September 15-October 15); and collaborating on intersectional programming that supports all minoritized students on Duke’s campus.

Elmer earned his M.Ed. in Counselor Education emphasis in Student Affairs from Clemson University, and a B.S. in Community Health from George Mason University. His research and professional interests include retention and engagement initiatives for first-generation college students, identity and leadership development for students of color, masculinity, and pedagogical practice for critical-consciousness and social justice. In his free time he enjoys working out, hiking, reading, music, dancing and spending time with family and friends.

Joie Foust, Office Coordinator

125 Science Drive
0010 Bryan Center
Box 90917
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: 919-681-4265
Fax: 919-681-7565
joie.foust@duke.edu 

Joie is the Office Coordinator for the Center for Multicultural Affairs.  Joie is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the office.  Joie has served over 10 years within the Division of  Student Affairs providing customer service, administrative, financial, and programming support to staff and students.  Connecting with students is Joie's passion, and she seeks the opportunity to see the world through other's lenses.

Joie is a native of Washington, DC and earned her BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Shaw University.  Joie has also obtained several Duke Financial certifications.  

She resides in Durham, NC with her daughter Kaitlyn and dog Missy. In her spare time she loves to travel and spend time with those she hold dear to her heart.