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Student Affairs works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to support our undergraduate, graduate, and professional school student veterans. Throughout the year we work with key stakeholders across campus to determine the needs of our students, develop priorities, and implement support strategies.

Student Affairs’ currently focuses on three primary objectives:

  • Developing and implementing opportunities for community building
  • Serve as a resource both on- and off-campus for student veterans
  • Advocacy 

Contact Us

If you have general questions for Student Affairs and how we work to support student veterans or need support at Duke University please email: or call 919-613-4453.

Certification and Benefits Questions

The Registrar’s office serves as the University certifying official for Duke. Please direct questions related to benefits and certification to her via email at or call 919-684-2813.

Comprehensive instructions on how to apply these benefits can be found at the following Duke University Registrar Website.


GPS - (36.006695, -78.913686)
Crowell Building, East Campus (Third Floor)
10 Epworth Lane
Durham, NC 27708 


Below is a list of Dean of Students Office staff members who support our student military-affiliated community and all Office of Student Veterans initiatives. 

Clay Adams, Vice Dean of Students


A Chesapeake, Virginia native, Clay serves as the Vice Dean of Students at Duke University. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, a B.S. in Business Management, and a M.A. Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He most recently earned his Masters of Business Administration from North Carolina Central University. Clay directs all parent and family programs, student veteran initiatives, oversees the Student Affairs crisis response and risk mitigation teams as well as off-campus student response, and co-convenes the Council on Graduate and Professional Student Affairs. Additionally, he works with New Student Communications, and as the Division liaison to various constituencies. In his free time, Clay can be found enjoying time with his family or training for endurance sports.

Clay's passion for working with the military-affiliated student population can be directly tied to his family. Clay's older brother was an enlisted Army service member in the 82nd Airborne Division. 

Grace Sullivan, Student Development Coordinator


Grace is a Student Development Coordinator within the Dean of Students Office. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. After graduating, Grace worked as an admission counselor at her alma mater before going on to pursue her M.Ed in Higher Education Administration & Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. In addition to working with Duke parent and family initiatives, Grace also supports student veteran programming and advocacy on campus. In her free time, Grace enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time outside.

Evan Heisman, Administrative Assistant


Evan is an administrative assistant within the Dean of Students Office. He provides comprehensive administrative support for the Dean of Students Office and ensures that work performed for the Dean of Students, Vice Deans, and other senior leadership meets the needs of the university and showcases program excellence. He earned a B.A. in communication from Juniata College and a M.S. in management with a public relations specialization from the University of Maryland University College. Before joining the Dean of Students Office, Evan worked in the Student Support Services office at MIT where he provided academic and personal support to undergraduates. A native of Maryland, Evan enjoys being on or around water and can also be found attending many of the Duke Athletics competitions. 

Stephanie Hilton, Graduate Assistant

Steph Hilton Headshot OSV

Steph is a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Veterans. She is pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree, and is an Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) veteran of the U.S. Navy. Prior to coming to Duke, she earned a B.S. in Psychology and MBA while working for the West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services Medicaid Waiver Programs a total of 9 years. After earning an MBA, she underwent training at the Center for Security Forces at Lackland, Air Force Base. She went on to earn a masters degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University where she completed supervised clinical training at Louis. A Johnson VA Medical Center. She mobilized to Afghanistan from 2012-2013, earning an expeditionary warfare designation. She serves as a Navy reservist at Naval Air Station Oceana Master Jet Base, Dam Neck Annex and NALF Fentress, and is a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC). Steph is dedicated to veteran advocacy and enhancing student veteran success in higher education. 

Nicholas Harrelson, Graduate Assistant

Nicholas Harrelson in military uniform

Nicholas Harrelson is a Graduate Student Assistant in the Office of Student Veterans. He lives in Mebane, NC with his wife Codie, son Atticus and infant daughter Harlow. Nicholas is a postulant to the priesthood in the Anglican Catholic Church, a student at Duke Divinity School, and is a vowed brother in Christ Mission Anglican Benedictines. He holds a Bachelor of Art in History from Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and a Master of Art in Diplomacy with a concentration in International Conflict Resolution from Norwich University. Nicholas served six years as an infantryman in the United States Army and is a two-tour combat-wounded veteran of the recent conflicts.

Reservable and Dedicated Space


Crowell 3rd Floor - Veterans Lounge 

The Office of Student Veterans was officially established in 2015 under the direction of Division leadership. After years of advocating for the needs of military-affiliated graduate students across campus, the creation and dedication of the office in 2015 signaled more formal recognition and representation of student veterans on Duke’s campus. While the office supports those students who have served or are still serving, the Office is nested within the larger Dean of Students Office.

In Spring 2017, a Graduate Assistant position was created to support the Office of Student Veterans. The Office’s work expanded once again in July 2018 when a new Student Development Coordinator position was added to the Dean of Students Office time being dedicated to Student Veteran initiatives.

Located on the third floor of the Crowell Building, the Office of Student Veterans promotes its three pillars of work with and for the student military-affiliated population: community building, providing support and resources, and advocacy across campus. Included in the office space is a Student Veteran Lounge. This is a dedicated space designed for student veterans to gather, study, and share fellowship.


Conference Room (315 Crowell) and Crowell 3rd Floor Lobby

Room 315 and the lobby spaces within the Office of Student Veterans are available to all student veterans with an advanced reservation. This conference room seats is equipped with a conference phone, projector, and screen. To inquire about availability and reserve the room, please contact