It is with great excitement for Duke’s future that Duke University Honor Council formally endorses Amy Kramer for Young Trustee. Out of four qualified and passionate candidates, Amy most embodies the values of community, integrity, and equity that Honor Council intends to sustain.

As the Duke community elects a Young Trustee who serves to ensure the long-term health of the university, Amy stands out as one who will stand steadfast in her vision – to help serve as a voice for disability and diversity outreach, design a more welcoming campus community and culture, and improve socioeconomic equity. During the interview, Amy emphasized sharing her and her peer’s lived experiences. Honor Council believes that she can effectively represent diverse perspectives to improve both intellectual climate and campus culture.

As a public policy major, Amy also has significant experience in speaking in front of and among experienced audiences. On campus, she is involved in American Grand Strategy, engaging with prominent leaders in foreign policy and diplomacy. Inspired by her role as an ROTC cadet, Kramer went above and beyond to present her inclusive thesis at Fort Knox. We believe these involvements illustrate her unique ability to think broadly, whether in terms of female leadership in ROTC or the university’s long-term interests as Young Trustee. 

Overall, Honor Council is confident that Amy Kramer will serve as a poised and collegial member of the board. Her secure sense of moral direction and high standard for integrity in all aspects of life make her the strongest candidate for Young Trustee. 

Honor Council would also like to recognize the impactful ideas brought forth by other Young Trustee candidates. Council supports Chinmay Pandit’s investment in ethics and honor to guide decisions, Bryce Cracknell’s dedication to maintaining community values, and Liz Brown’s passion for improving the Duke-Durham relationship.

*Kushal Kadakia (T’19), Sydney McAuliffe (T’18), Jackson Wahl (T’20), and Megan Zhao (T’21) recused themselves from the endorsement process.