Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

Mary Lou Williams Center Staff

Headshot of Quinton Smith

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

Quinton “Q.” Smith was born and raised near the small town of Dillwyn in central Virginia and remained there until he left to attend college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  After completing his B.A. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications, Quinton spent nearly a decade working in community mental health at varying levels before returning to UNC Chapel Hill for a Master of Social Work degree, focusing on community management and policy practice. This return to school reignited Quinton’s passion for working with marginalized communities in higher education, leading him to accept a position at the Sanford School of Public Policy here at Duke, spearheading their Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Quinton eventually decided to return to Carolina yet again—this time to pursue his PhD in Social Work—and is actively in the midst of his studies. 

When not working or studying, Quinton enjoys mentoring Black young adults, playing video games, watching movies, listening to music, engaging in photography, cooking for others, and spending time with his wife and daughters.

Undergraduate & Graduate and Professional Students

The Abele Ambassadors are undergraduate, graduate and/or professional students who work in our office, to complete front desk tasks, answer the phone, manage social media, design marketing materials, help install gallery exhibits, assist with special projects and PROMOTE the work of the Center by serving as Ambassadors, Interns or Fellows. These are part-time, paid positions working at least 5-10 hours per week. Student status is required. Federal or Duke work-study is preferred. The ambassadors have outgoing/engaging personality, strong organizational skills, demonstrated teamwork and leadership skills, computer literacy, office skills, creativity and an interest in Black People, Culture, History and the myriad of contributions we have made and are making at Duke and in the world.