Having met with all four candidates for the position of Young Trustee, we are excited about the passion they exhibited for the university and its students. After much deliberation, the Asian Students Association (ASA) is proud to endorse Trey Walk for Young Trustee. We believe that Trey is the most qualified candidate for the Duke undergraduate student body, and in particular, the Asian and Asian American communities at Duke.
As a leader in People’s State of the Union (PSOTU) Trey has already demonstrated his ability to work with the institution and advocate on behalf of student voices. The university’s decision to ban the box, reinstate health insurance for those on financial aid, change the name of Carr Building, and commit to hiring more faculty in ethnic studies is in part due this student labor and activism. Trey moves beyond broad statements of diversity, calling for specific, anti-racist commitments from the university. This work is essential for the Asian/American community at Duke.
The Young Trustee should be able to serve the wide array of interests and identities of the student body. Trey has proven to possess a wide breadth of relationships: from undergraduates to employees, organizational and individual. In addition, his connections to and work with Durham are especially important as Duke continues to reckon with its relationship with Durham. Finally, Trey understands the limits of the system and the university, and we trust that he will be a good advocate within it.
It is for these reasons that the executive board of ASA firmly believes that Trey Walk will make the most positive and influential impact as Young Trustee. His continued desire and dedication to make Duke a better place are truly remarkable, and we are excited to offer our endorsement for his candidacy.
ASA President Michelle Li, Trinity ‘19