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The PPGWLI Cohort is a community of about 40 woman-identified student leaders at Duke who are interested in learning more about leadership—and its intersections with race, class, and gender—to create positive social change. Cohort members will learn new perspectives and skills, have the chance to bring their personal experience to the table, and engage in their areas of interest.

Here’s what you have to do:

  • Attend at least one of the scheduled PPGWLI events each month—and bring a friend!
  • Meet at least once each month with your Family & CEO to work on your collaborative learning project & practice your leadership identity. (Your Family is a small group of seven to ten Cohort members with a Cohort Executive Officer or “CEO”: a PPGWLI alumna who will serve as your peer mentor.)
  • Meet at least once each month with your PPGWLI faculty/staff mentor for conversation!

Additional required events:

UCAE - Women's Leadership Initiative - Dates 2018-2019

Perks of joining the Cohort:

  • Getting to know other Duke students who are interested in women’s leadership
  • Building sustained mentor relationships with faculty and staff around campus
  • SWAG! and other materials identifying you as cohort members
  • Exclusive cohort Spring Break trip

Apply to the PPGWLI Cohort! 

  • Applications open now! Please follow the link above to see the full application and requirements. Applications are due on Monday, May 1st.
  • Email any questions to Emilie Dye 

The 2018-2019 Cohort


Ann Bailey
Hi! I'm Ann Bailey, a junior studying Philosophy. I'm from Arlington, Virginia, and though I love living so close to DC, I'm a huge Philadelphia Phillies fan. On campus, I'm involved in the Honor Council, Classics Collegium, and club softball. I love hanging out with my friends and tenting for Duke basketball.



Braelyn Parkman
Hi! I'm Braelyn Parkman. I'm a sophomore from Mooresville, North Carolina studying History and Public Policy. On campus, I'm involved with Duke Moot Court, debate, the Kenan Ethics Living Learning Community, and Greek life. After Duke, I plan to attend law school.



Abigail Kingsley
I’m a Public Policy major with a Policy Journalism and Media Studies Certificate. I’m from Los Angeles, California. My passions include politics and journalism.




Swathi Ramprasad
I’m a sophomore studying Public Policy and Computer Science, interested in learning about strategic ways to tackle broad, societal issues. I’m involved in a number of programs that engage with human rights, women’s issues, and community outreach, including the Sanford Institute of Public Policy, SuWa, Duke Partnerships for Service, and the Women's Legal Centre. I am beyond thrilled to be part of the Penny Pilgrim George Women's Initiative this year. I hope to learn from the mentorship of strong female influences at Duke and build lasting relationships with the rest of the cohort.


Kathleen Chen
Hello! I'm Kathleen Chen, a sophomore studying Computer Science originally from Seattle, Washington. Over the summer, I was a software engineering intern at GE, and on campus, I'm involved in the Duke Technology Scholars, research, and the Cube Entrepreneurial Group! I love rock climbing in my free time.



Urmi Pandya
I am Urmi Pandya, and I am a sophomore from Richmond, Virginia interested in Computer Science and Psychology. A few random things about me: I am left-handed but write with my right hand, I have been vegetarian since birth, and I speak Gujarati.




Annie Lu
I’m from Portland, Oregon. I’m undecided in my major, but I’m interested in Biology and Computer Science. I'm a part of Duke Conversations, and I'm passionate about female empowerment and mental health. I love sushi, puppies, and art!




Lydia Hendrick
I'm from Oxford, North Carolina. I'm majoring in Biology with a certificate in Documentary Studies. In my free time, I like to take time to work on my art and painting.




Evelyn Garcia
Hi! My name is Evelyn Garcia and I am a sophomore from Miami, Florida. I am studying Biology and Market & Management Studies. On campus, I am involved with research at both an economics lab and a plant biology lab, a volunteer service fraternity/organization and the women's Ultimate Frisbee team. In my spare time, I love capturing nature and ocean life through a camera lens




Rishika Gundi
I'm currently a sophomore at Duke, and I'm from Bangalore, India. I'm hoping to major in Biomedical Engineering and am also super interested in Global Health, after spending the summer in Nepal doing research for a global health Bass Connections. I'm also an RA on East Campus and absolutely love my job. I'm also on a Bollywood fusion dance team here at Duke, called Rhydhun, which I also really love.



Jandé Thomas
Hi, my name is Jandé Thomas and I am a junior studying Global Health and Psychology. Aside from being a part of the Cohort, I am a resident assistant in one of our upperclassmen dorms. Also, I give tours to prospective Duke students, and tutor children in a college readiness program.



Sarah Watkins
My name is Sarah Watkins, and I am from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry and Global Health. I am involved with Green Devils and Team Kenan on campus. My passions include composting, hiking, Spanish and learning about new cultures.



Charlotte Thomas
Hi! My name is Charlotte Thomas, and I am a sophomore at Duke. I am majoring in Chemistry and minoring in German. On campus, I am involved in Progress PERIOD, Duke Inferno, and I work in a chemistry research lab. This past summer I went to DukeEngage - Kenya, WISER. In my free time, I like to read, Netflix binge, and watch Duke basketball.



Carmela Guaglianone
My name is Carmela Guaglianone, and I'm from Tempe, Arizona. I'm at Duke studying Neuroscience and Italian Studies. I look forward to using these diverse interests to learn more about my world and the people in it. On campus, I am involved with the Duke Human Rights Center and the National Alliance for Mental Health.



Hannah Humayun
Hi! My name is Hannah Humayun and I am a junior at Duke University. I am studying Neuroscience and hope to pursue medical school and pediatrics. At Duke, I am involved in Duke RUF and work in the Bergelson lab for infant language acquisition. I am from Los Angeles, California and am looking forward to being in Penny Pilgram this year!



Michelle Wong
Hello! I'm Michelle Wang, a junior from San Diego, California. I'm studying Neuroscience, Education, and Political Science here at Duke. I am interested in researching how cognition affects behaviors and decision making in all types of settings, from classrooms to companies. In my free time I train aerial silks, and occasionally train dogs as well!




Erica Wang
From Hershey, Pennsylvania, I’m a Trinity sophomore passionate about Education, Political Science, and Economics. I’m also minoring in Chinese. In my free time, I enjoy running, trying new foods, and watching the TV show Black Mirror.




Rose Wong
I am a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics and Women's Studies. I love to write-- it is the art form through which I make sense of the world. I have blog called Thinking Gender, which aims to facilitate critical and constructive dialogue surrounding issues of gender. After graduation, I hope to pursue a career in government affairs in our nation's capital.




Arianna Rhue
I am a sophomore from Columbia, South Carolina. I plan to major in Economics with a minor in Spanish. In my free time, I participate in clubs on campus, including Duke University Union and The Bridge. I also love to exercise at the gym.




Claire Wiebe
I’m a senior from Davis, California, majoring in Math and minoring in Economics and Psychology. I have spent my time on campus as a math TA and a research assistant in the Center for Advanced Hindsight, a behavioral economics research lab. I’m also working on a thesis applying math to gerrymandering. When I’m not crying over math in the library, I love running, listening to podcasts and binge-watching TV.



Ellen Scully
I’m is a Trinity sophomore, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish, from Rye, New York. On campus, I serve as the VP of Membership for Business Oriented Women and VP of Media and Communications of GANO. In my free time, I like to play tennis, go to yoga classes, and explore different restaurants in Durham.



Ebehiremhe Anita Izokun
Hi! I'm Anita, and I'm from Canada (Winnipeg, MB). I'm majoring in Psychology while minoring in French and Political Science. I'm currently a sophomore and I'm working in a developmental psychology infant lab. I'm also an exec member of DukeAfrica! I love Netflix and ice cream.



Mahima Varma
I grew up in Kolkata, India and lived there all my life. I'm very interested in mental health, gender dynamics and people in general, so I’m majoring in Psychology and Sociology. I love dogs and all animals and used to believe I had secret animal super powers (like Snow White) when I was younger.




Stella Wang
Hi! My name is Stella Wang and I'm currently in my fourth year at Duke. I'm originally from New Jersey, but am happy to have a found a home in Durham. Over the course of my undergraduate career, I've been able to further explore my passion for the environment and how it connects to social justice, both in the US and in other countries. For fun, I like to spend my time reading, running and cooking!



Emma Palmer
Hi! My name is Emma Palmer and I am a senior studying Environmental Engineering. I am particularly interested in global development and a focus on providing access to clean water. Here at Duke, I'm involved with Duke Engineers for International Development, Duke E-Team, and Duke Symphony Orchestra.




Anya Parks
I’m from Manassas, Virginia. With a love for the evolutionary sciences and conservation, I hope to get a PhD in Animal Behavior Science and to share my knowledge with other young girls of color. An amateur nature lover, I love sitting in the grass with a good book. I’m really excited to be a part of Penny Pilgrim and can't wait to learn from all the wonderful women in the Cohort!



Christine Kinyua