The Baldwin Scholars had the opportunity to hear from all four of the incredibly qualified and well-spoken candidates for Young Trustee. We were genuinely impressed by the caliber of the candidates and feel proud to call them our peers. After carefully considering the qualifications, missions, and campus experiences of each candidate, we enthusiastically endorse Amy Kramer for Young Trustee.

Amy has a clear vision for Duke that has been shaped by her diverse experiences, both on and off campus. As a representative for all Army ROTC cadets nationally, Amy asserted herself in a room filled with powerful leaders to advocate for data driven policy reform, a skill necessary to be an effective Young Trustee. Amy has a strong sense of self and has a demonstrated interest in systematic representation of women in positions of power. Her experience studying abroad as a Schwarzman Scholar will serve to inform the Board of broader, global perspectives on education. Amy recognizes the lack of disability resources at Duke and has tangible examples for reform and a perspective that has been sorely lacking from the Board. Finally, she is open about the financial struggles many students share, and ready to advocate for these issues.

We also recognized strong candidates in Liz, Bryce and Chinmay. Liz’s commitment to the Coalition for Alleviating Poverty and the Community Empowerment Fund showcases her commitment to “knowledge in the service of society." Bryce’s work with the Black Men’s Union is shifting views on healthy masculinity and advocating for communities of color. Chinmay has clearly made an impact as a student representative to the Board of Trustees.

Ultimately, the Baldwin Scholars chose to endorse Amy because of her vision of a Duke that provides more investment in access and equity as well as diversity and equality. We believe her strong track record of advocating for women in environments that lack female leadership will be a tremendous value add for the Board. 

Signed,

Katie Hammond, Baldwin Scholars Chair